Preview: RGC 1404 v Aberavon

This Saturday, Aberavon (2nd – 31 pts) travel to Stadiwm CSM, Colwyn Bay to take on RGC 1404 (6th – 16 pts) in the Indigo Group Premiership, kick-off at 3:30 pm.

The North Wales side have won three of their seven league games this season so far. They kicked off their league campaign with back-to-back away defeats as they went down at Merthyr (15 – 22) and Ebbw Vale (8 – 24). At the start of October, they had a bonus point win at Llanelli (41 – 12) before losing their next two games – at home to Cardiff (21 – 25) and away to Llandovery (12 – 36). At the end of last month they beat Bridgend at home (27 – 13) and, in their last outing last weekend, they had a bonus point win at Swansea (47 – 19).

In the Premiership Cup, the North Wales side won their first pool game 37 – 3 away to Carmarthen Quins last month.

Looking at the Premiership, in “attack”, RGC 1404 have scored 24.4 points on average per game (ranked 7th) and 3.3 tries (ranked 6th). In “defence” they have conceded 21.6 points on average per game (ranked 5th) and 2.9 tries (ranked 6th). Aberavon have scored 32.1 points per game (ranked 2nd) and 5.0 tries (ranked 1st), and conceded 22.9 points (ranked 7th) and 2.9 tries (ranked 7th).

Head-to-head, Aberavon and RGC 1404 have met each other 9 times in the Welsh National League, with the Wizards narrowly leading the series 5 – 4. At Colwyn Bay, the Wizards lead the series 3 – 2 and won the last time the sides met in the league at the ground (33 – 18 in 2021-22).

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 Elgan Williams, aided by Ed Brown and Jenny Davies.