Autumn International Tickets

We have a number of tickets available for the Wales Autumn Internationals in Cardiff including the first game against New Zealand.

If you are interested and would like more information please contact seasontickets@aberavonwizards.co.uk

  • Wales v New Zealand | Principality Stadium | Saturday 30th October 2021 | KO – 17:15
  • Wales v South Africa | Principality Stadium | Saturday 6th November 2021 | KO – 17:30
  • Wales v Fiji | Principality Stadium | Sunday 14th November 2021 | KO – 15:15
  • Wales v Australia | Principality Stadium | Saturday 20th November 2021 | KO – 17:30

Match Report: Carmarthen Quins 3 – 26 Aberavon

by Howard Evans

Another splendid performance gave Aberavon a fourth successive Cup victory and also upheld their lead in the West Section.

In truth, they ruled the game with Carmarthen being superbly held, particularly in the centre of the field.

It was a game that 18-years-old Dan Edwards will never forget as this was his debut in a fully competitive game and he landed all five of his attempts at goal.

However, I made acting skipper Will Price the outstanding player as his tackling in the centre along with Joe Thomas and his huge work rate was totally splendid.

Will has never been a glamour boy, but rarely has a poor game and much of his play can be easily missed from the grandstand.

Full-back Jonny Phillips was celebrating his 30th birthday and never put a foot (or hand) wrong, while another man who is in terrific form is tight-head prop Geraint James.

But, really it is wrong to pick a single player out and young Edwards will, I am sure, have learned much from the players around him. He never made a mistake and his goal-kicking was astonishing, even with cramp in the final minutes.

The Quins took the lead early on with a Josh Batcup penalty, but there was no doubting the Aberavon scrum and after a break by Ashton Evans, scrum-half Iwan Temblett scampered clear to the posts.

It was the ideal start for Edwards with the conversion in front for a 7-3 lead.

Halfway through the first session, the pack drove powerfully and a penalty try resulted.

Edwards then landed a huge straight goal to make it 17-3 at the break.

In the second half, Aberavon took complete control with hooker Luke Davies especially notable.

Despite two yellow cards, there was no way through the defence of the ‘Wizards’.

Edwards kicked three more splendid penalties as Aberavon did not reach top gear and it was a play-to-win game whereas twice in the first half the Quins had thrown away penalty chances.

Jason Hyatt was very pleased but warned opponents that his team are still looking to push the bar up higher.

He said: “We are setting a high standard, even though we made seven changes from the previous match.

“We played in good areas and this was about playing away and winning against a good side, which we did.”

Somebody suggested that the Quins had not played well, but I think both Jason and I would say that this was a game in which they were not allowed to play well.

It was a workmanlike performance even with several key players out with injury and competition for places is great as the team spirit is the heart of Aberavon team.

Score:
Carmarthen 3 – 26 Aberavon

Aberavon Team:
Jonathan Phillips (rep Joe Gage 66 min); Chris Banfield, Joe Thomas, Will Price (capt) (rep Chay Smith 60 min), Stef Andrews; Dan Edwards, Iwan Temblett (rep Rhodri Cole 60 min); Rowan Jenkins (rep Rhys Fawcett 68 min), Luke Davies (rep Ieuan Davies 70 min), Geraint James (rep Chris Davies 68 min), Shay Smallman, Sam Williams, Ashton Evans (rep Billy Moxey 80+4 min), Andrew Waite, Lloyd Evans (rep Cameron Lewis 80+4 min).

Notes:
Dan Edwards appeared from the Ospreys; Billy Moxey appeared from Trebanos RFC.

Aberavon Scorers:
T – Iwan Temblett, Penalty Try
C – Dan Edwards
PG – Dan Edwards (4)

Carmarthen Scorers:
PG – Josh Batcup

Referee:
Aled Evans

Man Of The Match:
1 – Dan Edwards
2 – Andrew Waite
3 – Luke Davies

Time Line:
05 min: Carmarthen – PG – Josh Batcup (3 – 0)
06 min: Aberavon – T – Iwan Temblett & C – Dan Edwards (3 – 7)
19 min: Aberavon – T – Penalty Try (3 – 14)
19 min: Carmarthen – Yellow Card – Nicholas Cudd
32 min: Carmarthen – End Yellow Card – Nicholas Cudd
33 min: Aberavon – PG – Dan Edwards (3 – 17)
40+5 min: Half Time
52 min: Aberavon – PG – Dan Edwards (3 – 20)
59 min: Aberavon – Yellow Card – Sam Williams
64 min: Aberavon – PG – Dan Edwards (3 – 23)
72 min: Aberavon – Yellow Card – Andrew Waite
72 min: Aberavon – End Yellow Card – Sam Williams
80+4 min: Aberavon – PG – Dan Edwards (3 – 26)
80+5 min: Full Time

Team v Carmarthen Quins

The Aberavon team to face Carmarthen Quins at Carmarthen Park on Saturday at 2:30 pm is…

Aberavon Starting XV:
Jonathan Phillips; Chris Banfield, Joe Thomas, Will Price (capt), Stef Andrews; Dan Edwards, Iwan Temblett; Rowan Jenkins, Luke Davies, Geraint James, Shay Smallman, Sam Williams, Ashton Evans, Andrew Waite, Lloyd Evans.

Replacements:
Rhodri Cole, Joe Gage, Chay Smith, Ieuan Davies, Cameron Lewis, Billy Moxey, Rhys Fawcett, Chris Davies.

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.

Match Report: Bridgend 15 – 24 Aberavon

by Howard Evans

Aberavon took the win and the try-bonus for the third successive Cup match and the try-count of 4-0 shows how well they played.

It wasn’t a day for pretty rugby, though the rain did stop at half-time, but Aberavon’s pack gave another splendid display as they set up a good platform and destroyed the Bridgend scrum.

It was a win gained despite losing forwards Lee Purnell, Lloyd Evans and Rhodri Hughes with injury in the first-half. However, the news was better after the game as the amazing Purnell believed he can shake it off; Hughes has damaged a finger that is hopefully not broken and Evans had a finger in his eye!

Even the necessity to play hooker Luke Davies on the flank for all the second half had little effect on the pack, who scrummed low and hard, totally wearing down the home pack.

Joe Gage also limped off in the second half, but the ‘Wizards’ squad is so good at the moment that the replacements all were more than adequate.

Head coach Jason Hyatt declared: “I am delighted. Three games, three wins and three bonuses. Great, a brilliant return to rugby by the squad.

“We gave just eight kicks against us, though Owen Howe kicked well and was successful with all of his five attempts. I must praise referee Aled Evans for the way he handled the game.

“In the past, we have not really been a wet weather side, but we adapted well today. Don’t forget we had not played for 18 months and even those who did not play today are all considered for selection and will get their chance.”

Unusually, fly-half Aled Thomas missed two early shots at goal before Ashton Evans replaced the injured Purnell. But, good play led to Aled throwing out to the unmarked left-wing Stefan Andrews who opened the scoring and Aled converted.

Sam Williams then replaced Lloyd Evans while Owen Howe replied with a penalty and then another as Aberavon led 7-6 at the break.

Rhodri Hughes did not come out for the second half with Ieuan Davies coming on and Luke Davies going on the flank.

Quick thinking by scrum-half Rhodri Cole brought another try that Aled goaled, but Howe kicked another penalty in reply.

Another Howe penalty pegged it to 12-14 before the pack shoved and Andy Waite touched down. Yet again Howe fired over a penalty, before Aberavon clinched it.

Aled kicked to the corner and Ieuan Davies was there to score on the drive.

Assistant coach Lyndon Lewis said: “Sometimes you win ugly, but we deserved it.”

In all it was probably more impressive than ugly. Now on to Carmarthen.

Score:
Bridgend 15 – 24 Aberavon

Aberavon Team:
Joe Gage (rep Frankie Jones 60 min); Chris Banfield, Chay Smith (rep Joe Thomas 68 min), Will Price (capt), Stef Andrews; Aled Thomas, Rhodri Cole (rep Iwan Temblett 60 min); Rhys Fawcett (rep Rowan Jenkins 53 min), Luke Davies, Geraint James (rep Nicky Thomas 62 min), Shay Smallman, Rhodri Hughes (rep Ieuan Davies half-time), Lee Purnell (rep Ashton Evans 21 min), Andrew Waite, Lloyd Evans (rep Sam Williams 25 min).

Aberavon Scorers:
T – Stef Andrews, Rhodri Cole, Andrew Waite, Ieuan Davies
C – Aled Thomas (2)

Bridgend Scorers:
PG – Owen Howe (5)

Referee:
Aled Evans

Man Of The Match:
1 – Andrew Waite
2 – Rhodri Cole
3 – Joe Gage

Time Line:
13 min: Bridgend – Yellow Card – Iestyn Merriman
24 min: Aberavon – T – Stef Andrews & C – Aled Thomas (0 – 7)
24 min: Bridgend – Yellow Card – Jamie Murphy
27 min: Bridgend – PG – Owen Howe (3 – 7)
34 min: Bridgend – PG – Owen Howe (6 – 7)
40+1 min: Half Time
44 min: Aberavon – T – Rhodri Cole & C – Aled Thomas (6 – 14)
48 min: Bridgend – PG – Owen Howe (9 – 14)
57 min: Bridgend – PG – Owen Howe (12 – 14)
66 min: Aberavon – T – Andrew Waite (12 – 19)
69 min: Bridgend – PG – Owen Howe (15 – 19)
71 min: Aberavon – T – Ieuan Davies (15 – 24)
80 min: Full Time

Team v Bridgend

The Aberavon team to face Bridgend at the Brewery Field on Saturday at 2:30pm is…

Aberavon Starting XV:
Joe Gage; Chris Banfield, Chay Smith, Will Price, Stef Andrews; Aled Thomas, Rhodri Cole; Rhys Fawcett, Luke Davies, Geraint James, Shay Smallman, Rhodri Hughes, Lee Purnell, Andrew Waite, Lloyd Evans.

Replacements:
Iwan Temblett, Frankie Jones, Joe Thomas, Ieuan Davies, Rowan Jenkins, Ashton Evans, Sam Williams, Nicky Thomas.

Preview: Bridgend v Aberavon

Aberavon (1st) travel to the Brewery Field on Saturday to take on Bridgend (4th) in the Indigo Group Premiership Cup, kick-off at 2:30 pm.

Before the cancellation of the 2019-20 season, Bridgend were twelfth in the Premiership after winning three of their eighteen games, whilst Aberavon were third after winning eleven of their sixteen games.

This season, the Ravens have won one and lost one.

In their opening game of the season, they lost 15 – 38 at home to Carmarthen Quins. The Ravens led 10 – 7 at the interval with them outscoring their visitors by 2 tries to 1. Bridgend’s first-half tries were scored by centre Tom Morgan and outside-half Jamie Murphy. The Quins hit back in the second half scoring a further 5 tries before the home side scored their third try late on through full-back Edd Howley.

Last weekend, Bridgend took on Llanelli at Parc y Scarlets where the home side led 10 – 5 at half-time with the Ravens scoring a 38th minute try by hooker Lee Murphy. The visitors took the lead just two minutes into the second half when wing Tom Florence scored a try that outside-half Matthew Jones converted. Both sides then traded penalties before a second Jones penalty saw Bridgend go into an 18 – 13 lead with half-hour to go. Llanelli tied the game with an unconverted try ten minutes later before Jones kicked his third penalty in the 72nd minute to win it for Bridgend 21 – 18.

Looking back to when the sides met at the ground in February 2006, Aberavon made a sensational start as they raced into a 21-point lead in the opening 11 minutes thanks to tries from Anthony Edwards, Richard Morris and Darryl Thomas. Jamie Davies added the extras. Bridgend hit back at the end of the first quarter with a try by Adam Whitney before Davies and Gareth David traded penalties. The Wizards were awarded an injury-time penalty try and Davies’s conversion gave the visitors a 31 – 8 interval lead.

Davies kicked his second penalty early in the second half before the home side fought back. In the last half hour, the Ravens scored tries through Roger Davies and Mike Powell and were awarded a penalty try themselves. David converted all three while Davies kicked a third penalty for the Wizards to make the final score 37 – 29 to Aberavon.

The Wizards team that day was: Liam Gadd; Richard Carter, Paul Bamsey, David Hawkins, Daran Griffiths; Jamie Davies, Daniel Hawkins; Lloyd Howell (rep Mike Harris), Chris Wells (capt), Anthony Edwards (rep James Jones), Paul Morgan (rep Chris Kinsey, rep Christian Richards), Andrew Fisher, Ian Moore, Richard Morris, Darryl Thomas.

The referee for Saturday’s game is Aled Evans, aided by Elliott Mayer and Kristoff Young.

Max Wiltshire – Funeral Details

Max’s funeral is at Margam Crematorium next Tuesday 5/10 at 1.45pm. Due to current restrictions the service is by invitation only.

The cortege will pass Aberavon RFC at approximately 1.15pm on it’s way to Margam.

We will be gathering on Dan Y Bryn Road to mark our respects to this great Wizard.

Please join us there.

Fixture Amendment

Due to the Welsh International game against Australia on Saturday 20 November, the planned Aberavon fixture against Carmarthen Quins has been moved to Friday 19 November, 1930hrs.

Supporters Bus to Bridgend

Aberavon play their first away game of the season with a small trip down the M4 to the Brewery Field to play Bridgend.

There will be a supporters bus leaving the club at 1230hrs and leaving Bridgend at 1800hrs.

Tickets are £10 per person.

Please contact Jeff Preece for more information and to book – 07967426231