2021/22 Cup Run

Post COVID-19 saw the return of the prestigious cup in a non-traditional format with the Premiership splitting into East and West where teams played each other in their respective groups home and away.

The East/ West league was made of up of six teams.

The Aberavon (West) results as follows:

Beat Llanelli 43-11; Swansea 27-14; Bridgend 24-15(a); Carmarthen Qns 26-3(a);

Lost Llandovery 18-24; Beat Llanelli 28-22(a); Swansea 30-20(a); Bridgend 36-15;

Carmarthen Qns 22-17; Lost Llandovery 21-27(a).


Quarter-final – Beat Merthyr 17–16 (home).

Semi-final – Beat Llandovery 24-23 (at Merthyr).

Final – vs Newport (at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff).

Aberavon Cup History V Newport

Aberavon have met Newport in the cup for a total of 10 times with the ‘Wizards’ winning four encounters to Newports six.

NB: a = away; else home; sf = sem-final.

1971-72 – Beat Newport 28-6(h).

1977-78 – Lost Newport 6-10(sf)), 

1981-82 – Beat Newport 18-0(a). 

1985-86 – Lost Newport 6-15(sf).

2000-01 – Lost Newport 18-56(a).

2001-02 – Beat Newport 18-17(h),

2005-06 – Lost Newport 7-15(h).

2008-09 – Beat Newport 20-10(h).

2014-15 – Lost Newport 10-11(a).

2017-18 – Lost Newport 9-22(a).

The 2011 Cup Final

36 years after the last cup final in 1975, Aberavon reached the 2011 final, but just lost to Pontypridd by 24-35 at the Millennium Stadium after a late try was ruled out.

Carter, Strong and Sam Williams scored tries and full back Jarvis kicked three conversions and a penalty.

In the semi-final, tries from Chris Lewis and Strong with eight points by Jarvis beat the ‘Drovers’ by 18-12 on Carmarthen Park.

In earlier rounds, the ‘Wizards’ defeated Bedlinog (74-6); Waunarlwydd (33-19 away) and Cardiff (19-17 away).

The Cup final side was: – Matthew Jarvis; Richard Carter, Will Price, Ashley Beck (Liam Gadd), Ricky Thomas; Jamie Davies, Dan Davies (David Pritchard); Neil White (Lloyd Howell), Marc Breeze, Tony Edwards (James Jones), Ian Moore (Aaron Bray), Sam Williams, James King (Richard Morris), Nathan Strong, Chris Davies (captain) (Daryll Thomas).

UPDATE: Cup Final Tickets

Tickets are now available for the Indigo Group Premiership Cup Final between Aberavon and Newport on Sunday 24th April at the Principality Stadium, 5:35pm KO.

Tickets will be digital only. Therefore, you will need the WRU ticketing app in order to receive your tickets. This is very simple – all you will need is a smart phone. For those who do not have a smart phone, someone else can obtain your ticket on their smart phone on your behalf to be scanned at the entrance gate.

You can download the ticketing app here:

Principality Ticketing App – Android

Principality Ticketing App – iOS

We can help you with the ticketing process, you can email seasontickets@aberavonwizards.co.uk for more information. Tickets are easily transferable and all we would need to help you is your mobile phone number.

Ticket prices and details as follows:

Adults = £10

Under 16s = £5

A ticket will allow entry for all three games on the one given day.

There will not be a tangible ticket.

Tickets are available in the ticketing office (Gate 3) on Westgate Street. This is a cashless process and you will STILL NEED to download the ticketing app.

Tickets can also be purchased online, please follow link below:

WRU Ticket Office – 24th April, Finals Day.

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SALE and Club Shop Opening Times

We are pleased to announce the club shop will be open ahead of the Cup Final on the following dates and times:

Also, on the following dates, all replica kit, t-shirts and polos will be HALF PRICE.

Saturday 23 April, 11am until 1pm.

Sunday 24 April, from 1pm.

Also, there will be FREE face painting available in the clubhouse on Sunday 24 April from 1pm.

Team v Newport

The Aberavon team to face Newport at the Principality Stadium on Sunday at 5:35 pm is…

Aberavon Starting XV:
Jonathan Phillips; Chris Banfield, Joe Thomas, Will Price, Stef Andrews; Aled Thomas, Rhodri Cole; Rowan Jenkins, Ieuan Davies, Geraint James, Shay Smallman, Sam Williams, Ashton Evans, Andrew Waite, Joe Tomalin-Reeves (capt).

Replacements:
Iwan Temblett, Dan Edwards, Joe Gage, Lloyd Evans, Luke Davies, Rhodri Hughes, Rhys Fawcett, Chris Davies.

Preview: Aberavon v Newport

Aberavon take on Newport at the Principality Stadium this Sunday in the final of the Indigo Group Premiership Cup, kick-off at 5:35 pm.

The Black & Ambers finished the pool stage of the competition in top spot of the East division after winning eight of their ten games. Their only losses came at Pontypridd in September and at home to RGC 1404 in November. After topping the division, Newport saw off Bridgend in the quarter-finals (45 – 17) and Cardiff in the semi-final played at Sardis Road at the end of last month (34 – 28).

In the Indigo Group Premiership, the Black & Ambers have won eight from ten games and are in second place in the table with just one game remaining. They won their first eight games of the competition with the last six of them all bonus-point wins. This month saw them lose back-to-back as they went down at home 31 – 32 to RGC 1404 (picking up two bonus points) and, in their last outing on April 7th, going down 22 – 34 at home Merthyr.

The last time the Wizards played in the Principality Stadium was in the Swalec Cup final against Pontypridd eleven seasons ago. Ponty opened the scoring with an early Simon Humberstone penalty, but a Matthew Jarvis penalty after quarter of an hour levelled the scores. Aberavon took the lead after 24 minutes when Richard Carter scored a try converted by Jarvis. Ponty levelled the scores seven minutes later through a Lewis Jones try with Humberstone adding the extras. By half time Pontypridd were 20 – 10 up after a drop goal by Humberstone and a try by Darren Waters that Humberstone converted.

Within ten minutes of the restart Ponty were 30 – 10 up with Humberstone kicking a penalty and also converting Lewis Jones’s second try of the game. However, the Wizards hit back in the last quarter with tries scored by Sam Williams and Nathan Strong, with Jarvis converting both. Aberavon were now just six points behind with 13 minutes remaining. However, the Wizards suffered a sucker punch when Ponty claimed the restart to send Ryan Savage over for a pressure-relieving try which sealed the victory for the Sardis Road side.

The Aberavon team that day was: Matthew Jarvis; Richard Carter, Will Price, Ashley Beck (rep Liam Gadd), Ricky Thomas; Jamie Davies, Dan Davies (rep David Pritchard); Neil White (rep Lloyd Howell), Marc Breeze, Anthony Edwards (rep James Jones), Ian Moore (rep Aaron Bray), Sam Williams, James King (rep Richard Morris), Nathan Strong, Chris Davies (capt) (rep Darryl Thomas).

The referee for Sunday’s game is Aled Evans, aided by Dewi Phillips, Mike English, Jamie Morgan and Stuart Vaudin, with TMO Ian Davies.

The 1975 Cup Final

It was off to the National Ground in Cardiff on April 26 for the 1975 cup final where Llanelli defeated Aberavon 15-6, scoring three tries and a penalty against two penalties.

Hooker Morton Howells led the ‘Wizards’ to another consecutive cup final.

Bevan and Hall were out with injury and the team, 11 of whom had played in the 1974 final, included Condon, now as a wing.

It was: – Kim Davies; Steve Roper, Jeff Thomas, Greg Rees, David Condon; Alan Rees; Clive Shell; Clive Williams, Morton Howells (capt), Jim Owen, Allan Martin, Billy Mainwaring, Richie Davies, Phil Clarke, Ogwyn Alexander.

The 1974 Cup Final

The 1974 final saw Llanelli defeat Aberavon by 12-10 at Cardiff.

The only try of the game came after three minutes when Shell and Bevan combined to send Steve Roper over and with a Martin penalty it was 7-6 to the ‘Wizards’ at half-time. Then Kim Davies had to move to scrum half as Shell received stitches.

“That was when we lost it,” said Howells. “I am convinced that though we were on their line, if Clive had been on the field we would have scored.” 

Another Martin penalty and a third from Llanelli wing Andy Hill saw Aberavon lead 10-9, but Hill’s fourth penalty won it for the ‘Scarlets’.

The losing Aberavon side was: – Kim Davies; Steve Roper, Malcolm Swain, Ian Hall, Alan Rees; John Bevan, Clive Shell; Clive Williams, Morton Howells (capt), Jim Owen, Billy Mainwaring, Allan Martin, Richie Davies, Keith Evans, Ogwyn Alexander. 


Aberavon play Newport in the Premiership Cup Final on Sunday 24th April at the Principality Stadium, 5:35pm kick off.

Tickets are on sale now – follow this link for more information.

Match Report: Bridgend 17 – 13 Aberavon

Aberavon had most of the first half and led 13-0 before going to the break at 13-7, but from then onwards they were overwhelmed by Bridgend.

No 8 forward Morgan Strong, son of the watching Nathan, scored two fine tries for the ‘Ravens’.

The effort was there by the players, but Bridgend tackled splendidly after the break.

Jonny Phillips was outstanding until being replaced through injury and Andrew Waite was certainly out there fighting for a cup final place. Prop Rhys Fawcett also made a fine start.

Rhodri Cole was another who, after a splendid for 40 minutes, was tactically replaced for Temblett.

But, generally, Aberavon cannot blame referee Ben Breakspear, who showed good control, and Bridgend must be congratulated for a great fighting performance.

Aberavon soon opened the scoring when centre Joe Gage started and ended a move and Aled Thomas added a close-range penalty.

A series of thrilling runs by full back Phillips finally saw his chip beautifully caught by left-wing Stef Andrews and it was 13-0.

Aberavon’s biggest failing is letting sides off the hook and suddenly Strong burst out of a maul and was clear and over for fly-half Short to convert.

After the interval, Short kicked a good penalty to reduce the deficit to three points and then was replaced by veteran Matthew Jones. The young fly-half looked rightly aggrieved.

A try just had to come and the lively Strong. Jones converted.

Bridgend the deserved winners on the day.

Score:
Bridgend 17 – 13 Aberavon

Aberavon Team:
Jonathan Phillips (rep Frankie Jones 56 min); Chris Banfield, Joe Thomas (rep Chay Smith 66 min), Joe Gage, Stef Andrews; Aled Thomas, Rhodri Cole (rep Iwan Temblett 48 min); Rhys Fawcett (rep Rowan Jenkins 51 min), Ieuan Davies (rep Cameron Lewis 79 min), Geraint James (rep Chris Davies 51 min), Shay Smallman (rep Sam Pailor 66 min), Rhodri Hughes, Ashton Evans, Andrew Waite, Joe Tomalin-Reeves (capt) (rep Lloyd Evans 56 min).

Notes:
Sam Pailor appeared from Trebanos RFC.

Aberavon Scorers:
T – Joe Gage, Stef Andrews
PG – Aled Thomas

Bridgend Scorers:
T – Morgan Strong (2)
C – Paul Short, Matthew Jones
PG – Paul Short

Referee:
Ben Breakspear

Man Of The Match:
1 – Jonathan Phillips
2 – Andrew Waite
3 – Ieuan Davies

Time Line:
03 min: Aberavon – T – Joe Gage (0 – 5)
25 min: Aberavon – PG – Aled Thomas (0 – 8)
33 min: Aberavon – T – Stef Andrews (0 – 13)
35 min: Bridgend – T – Morgan Strong & C – Paul Short (7 – 13)
40+1 min: Half Time
51 min: Bridgend – PG – Paul Short (10 – 13)
69 min: Bridgend – T – Morgan Strong & C – Matthew Jones (17 – 13)
80 min: Aberavon – Yellow Card – Lloyd Evans
80+4 min: Full Time