Preview: RGC 1404 v Aberavon

Aberavon play their penultimate game of the season this Saturday when they travel to Colwyn Bay to take on RGC 1404 in the Indigo Group Premiership, kick-off at 2:30 pm.

In the Premiership this season, the North Walians have won six of their ten games. Their wins have come against Llanelli, Merthyr, Swansea, Ebbw Vale, Newport and Pontypridd with them losing to Llandovery, Cardiff, Carmarthen Quins and Bridgend. At home, they have won four of their five games, with the wins coming against Merthyr, Swansea, Ebbw Vale and Pontypridd, and Cardiff being the only side to win there back in January.

In the Indigo Group Premiership Cup, RGC 1404 finished the pool stage of the competition in fifth place in the East division after winning four of their ten games and missing out on reaching the quarter-finals.

Looking at the Premiership, in “attack”, RGC 1404 have scored 26.5 points on average per game (ranked 6th) and 3.5 tries (ranked 6th). In “defence” they have conceded 21.4 points on average per game (ranked 4th) and 3.1 tries (ranked 6th). Aberavon have scored 27.6 points per game (ranked 4th) and 3.9 tries (ranked 5th), and conceded 19.9 points (ranked 3rd) and 2.4 tries (ranked 2nd).

Head-to-head, Aberavon and RGC 1404 have met each other 8 times in the Welsh National League, with the series tied at 4 wins each. At Colwyn Bay, the series is also tied at 2 wins each with the home side winning 36 – 30 the last time the sides met in the league at the ground (2019-20).

Looking back to when both sides first clashed at the ground in October 2016, the Wizards won the top-of-the-table clash 22 – 11.

Aberavon led 10 – 3 at the break thanks to a try by David Pritchard. Steffen Williams converted and kicked a penalty late in the half. For the home side, Jacob Botica kicked a penalty.

Early in the second half, the Wizards went further ahead when Morgan Williams scored a try. Once again, Steffen Williams converted. The home side scored their only try of the game when Ross Davies went over. A second Botica penalty put the RGC within 6 points of their visitors, but Aberavon had the last word when Stef Andrews went over for Aberavon’s third try of the afternoon.

The Wizards team that day was: Joe Gage (rep Morgan Williams); Matthew Jacobs, Will Price, Rheon James, Stef Andrews; Steffen Williams (rep Joe Thomas), David Pritchard (rep Jacob Flynn); Rowan Jenkins, Ieuan Davies, Alex Jeffries (rep Jon Thomas), James Ratti, Adam Beard, Nathan Brown (rep Ben Davies), Chris Davies (capt), Joe Tomalin-Reeves.

The referee for Saturday’s game is Steff Edwards, aided by Gwion Davies and Robert Beach.