Aberavon (3rd) travel to the Parc y Scarlets to take on Llanelli (5th) in the Principality Premiership West this Saturday, kick off 2:30pm.
Llanelli have won two of their five games this season. They started with a 24 - 8 home win over Carmarthen Quins, scoring a try bonus in the process. They then lost their next three as they went down 22 - 25 at RGC (again scoring a try bonus), at home to Llandovery (5 - 19) and away to Bridgend (18 - 27). Last weekend the West Walians beat Neath 40 - 17 at the Gnoll, outscoring their hosts 5 - 3 on try count.
Looking at the West Premiership, in "attack" this season, Llanelli have scored 21.8 points on average per game (ranked 4th) and 3.2 tries (ranked 3rd). In "defence" they have conceded 19.2 points on average per game (ranked 3rd) and 2.6 tries (ranked joint 3rd). Aberavon have scored 27.4 points per game (ranked top) and 3.8 tries (ranked joint top), and conceded 24.4 points (ranked 6th) and 2.6 tries (ranked joint 3rd).
Head-to-head, Aberavon and Llanelli have met each other 35 times in the Welsh National League (not including playoffs) with Llanelli leading the series 21 - 12 and 2 games drawn. At Llanelli, the West Walians lead 15 - 2 with the Wizards winning 28 - 24 on their last visit to Parc y Scarlets two seasons ago.
Looking back fourteen seasons ago, when Aberavon met Llanelli at Stradey Park, Llanelli outside half Ceiron Thomas and his opposite number Jamie Davies traded penalties before Daran Griffiths scored a try at the end of the opening quarter. Davies converted and kicked another penalty after half hour to give the Wizards a 13 - 3 lead. However, a try by wing Daniel Rogers and conversion by Thomas saw Aberavon's lead reduce to just 3 points at the interval. The homeside took the lead early in the second half when full back Lee Byrne released centre Richard Davies for an unconverted try. A third Davies penalty helped the Wizards retake the lead before Richard Lewis scored a try in the corner. Davies added the extras to give the Wizards a 23 - 15 lead after 64 minutes. Rogers scored his second try of the game soon after with Thomas converting to reduce Aberavon's lead to just one point. Ricky Price scored the Wizards third try of the game in the last ten minutes of the game. Thomas and Davies traded further penalties late on with the Aberavon holding out to win 31 - 25 despite playing the last ten minutes down to 14 players.
The Wizards team that day was: Richard Lewis; Daran Griffiths, Aled James, Gareth Jones (rep Darren Ryan), Ricky Price; Jamie Davies, Dan Hawkins; Dinlle Francis (rep Mike Harris), James Jones (rep Jon Owen), Paul Breeze, Steve Rees (rep Dafydd Owen), Chris Gittins, Jamie Summers (rep Matthew Powell), Richard Morris, Steffan Edwards.
The referee for Saturday’s game is Ben Breakspear, aided by Justin Evans and Jason Summers.