Preview: Carmarthen Quins v Aberavon

Aberavon (1st) take on Carmarthen Quins (3rd) in the Indigo Group Premiership Cup at Carmarthen Park this coming Saturday, kick-off at 2:30 pm.

The Quins have won two and lost one of their games this season. They started their campaign with a 38 – 15 win away to Bridgend, coming back from a 7 – 10 deficit at half time. The visitors scored six tries via scrum half Rhodri Davies (2), prop Kemsley Mathias, centre Nic Reynolds and replacements Torin Myhill and Josh Davies. Outside half Josh Batcup converted four of the tries.

In their first home game of the season, the Quins went down 10 – 21 to visiting Llandovery. Centre Eddie James scored a try whilst Batcup converted and added a penalty.

Last weekend, Carmarthen won 21 – 6 at Swansea. The sides were tied at 6 – 6 at the interval with the Quins points coming from the boot of Batcup. Scrum half Aron Hemmings scored a second half try along with them being awarded a penalty try whilst replacement Steffan Marshall kicked a late penalty.

Looking at the Premiership Cup, in “attack”, Carmarthen have scored 23.0 points on average per game (ranked 3rd) and 3.0 tries (ranked 3rd). In “defence” they have conceded 14.0 points on average per game (ranked 2nd) and 2.0 tries (ranked 3rd). Aberavon have scored 31.3 points per game (ranked 1st) and 4.7 tries (ranked 1st), and conceded 15.3 points (ranked 3rd) and 1.0 tries (ranked 1st).

Looking back to the 2003-04 season the Wizards won 27 – 18 at the ground. A superb pack and defensive performance helped the Wizards to that win as they took a 17 – 0 lead at half time. Wing Lenny Woodard scored the only try of the half while outside half Jamie Davies slotted over four penalty kicks. At the end of normal time the visitors led 27 – 11 with wing Sam Greenaway scoring a try for Aberavon and Davies converting and adding a fifth penalty. For the home side, centre Emyr Jones touched down while outside half Aled Thomas and replacement Giles Thomas kicked penalties. In injury time, the Quins scored a consolation try by flanker Alan Mason with Thomas converting.

The Wizards team that day was: Ricky Price; Lenny Woodard, Darren Ryan (rep Aled James), David Hawkins (blood rep Mark Davies), Sam Greenaway; Jamie Davies, Daniel Hawkins; Mike Harris (rep Greg Dix), James Jones, Paul Breeze (rep Mark Thomas), Dafydd Owen, Chris Gittins, Steffan Edwards (rep Jamie Summers), Jonathan Purnell (rep Richard Morris), Howard Merrett (rep Paul Breeze).

The referee for Saturday’s game is Aled Evans, aided by Rhys Jones and Brian Powell.