Aberavon (3rd) welcome top-of-the-table Llandovery to the Talbot Athletic Ground in the Principality Premiership West this Saturday, kick off 2:30pm.
The Drovers have won all four of their games this season so far with them picking up maximum points in three of them. They started their campaign with a 31 - 10 win over RGC at Church Bank. The homeside scored four tries - two coming from penalty tries and the other two were scored by scrum half Lee Rees and wing Aaron Warren.
The following week the West Walians travelled to the Brewery field where they beat Bridgend 31 - 13. Rees and Warren scored tries again with other tries scored by lock Joseff Powell, and replacements Rhodri Wall and Tomi Lewis.
Next up was a visit to Parc y Scarlets where the Drovers beat Llanelli 19 - 5. Joseff Powell scored a brace of tries with flanker Start Worrall scoring the visitors third try.
Last weekend Llandovery welcomed Neath to Church Bank with the homeside winning 29 - 15. Try scorers were lock Jack Jones, outside half Kristian Jones, full back Tomi Lewis and replacement Berian Watkins.
Looking at the West Premiership, in "attack" this season, Llandovery have scored 27.5 points on average per game (ranked 2nd) and 4.0 tries (ranked 2nd). In "defence" they have conceded 10.8 points on average per game (ranked top) and 1.3 tries (ranked top). Aberavon have scored 29.3 points per game (ranked top) and 4.3 tries (ranked top), and conceded 25.8 points (ranked 7th) and 2.5 tries (ranked joint 3rd).
Head-to-head, Aberavon and Llandovery have met each other 42 times in the Welsh National League (not including playoffs) with the Wizards leading the series 28 - 12 and 2 games drawn. At the Talbot Athletic Ground Aberavon lead 16 - 4 with 1 game drawn and have won the clash the last three seasons.
Looking back at the fixture ten seasons ago Aberavon beat a battling Llandovery side 5 - 2 on try count and 42 - 26 on the scoreboard. The Wizards started strongly taking a 12 - 0 lead within 7 minutes as Marc Breeze and Darryl Thomas scored tries with Jamie Davies converting the latter. However, Gareth Morgan kicked four successive penalties to draw level by the 22nd minute. Davies replied with a penalty, try and conversion to extend the homeside’s lead once more before the Drovers hit straight back with a Darren Daniel try. Morgan converted to make the score 22 - 19 to the hosts at half time.
Chris Davies scored early in the second half for Jamie Davies to convert to put the Wizards ten points infront. However, on the hour mark Llandovery hit back again thanks to a try from Gareth James and two points from the boot of Morgan. In the last quarter Aberavon had the last say with Jamie kicking two penalties and converting a try from Chris Wells.
The Wizards team that day was: Ricky Thomas; Richard Carter, Steve Davies, James Garland (rep Paul Bamsey), Jon Phillips; Jamie Davies, Gavin Hooper; Lloyd Howell (rep Mike Harris), Marc Breeze (rep Chris Wells), Anthony Edwards (rep Paul Breeze), Andy Lloyd (rep Ian Moore), Chris Gittins (capt), Chris Davies, Darryl Thomas, Simon Peters (rep Andrew Fisher).
The referee for Saturday’s game is Robert Price, aided by Jason Morris and Mike Davies.