Aberavon (4th - 14 points) and Neath (7th - 9 points) face each other at the Talbot Athletic Ground this Saturday in the Principality Premiership West, kick off 2:30pm.

Neath have won two of their six games this season. They won their first two games, beating Swansea 39 - 16 (with a try bonus) and Carmarthen Quins 18 - 15. Both games were played at the Gnoll with the Quins game switched to the ground after Carmarthen's pitch was unplayable. Since the Quins game at the start of last month, Neath have lost four on the bounce with them losing at home to RGC (18 - 31), away to Llandovery (15 - 29), home to Llanelli (17 - 40) and, last weekend, away to Bridgend (20 - 28).

Looking at the West Premiership, in "attack" this season, Neath have scored 21.2 points on average per game (ranked 5th) and 3.0 tries (ranked 4th). In "defence" they have conceded 26.5 points on average per game (ranked 7th) and 3.2 tries (ranked 7th). Aberavon have scored 26.5 points per game (ranked 2nd) and 3.7 tries (ranked 2nd), and conceded 26.3 points (ranked 6th) and 2.8 tries (ranked 5th).

Head-to-head, Aberavon and Neath have met each other 35 times in the Welsh National League with the Gnoll side leading the series 25 - 9 and 1 game drawn. At the Talbot Athletic Ground, Neath lead 12 - 6, with the Wizards winning the last two fixtures played at the ground.

Looking back at the fixture ten seasons ago, the Wizards, playing with a strong wind to their backs, were 19 - 0 up at the end of the first quarter with Richard Carter, James Garland and Chris Morgans all scoring tries. Jamie Davies converted two. Neath hit back with a penalty try near the half hour mark when the Wizards had a player in the sin-bin. Arwel Thomas added the extras. Aberavon had the last word of the half with Davies kicking his only penalty of the afternoon to make the score 22 - 7 to the homeside at the interval.

Despite the visitors reducing the Wizards lead to 7 points by the 52nd minute thanks to an Andy Llewellyn try and penalty by Thomas, Aberavon scored their fourth try in the final quarter by Darryl Thomas. Davies added the extras. Late in the game, the Gnoll side had a consolation score from Matthew Nuthall, converted by Howard Thomas to make the score 29 - 22 to Aberavon.

The Wizards team that day was: James Garland; Richard Carter, Paul Bamsey, Liam Gadd, Steve Davies; Jamie Davies, Chris Morgans; Neil White (rep Mike Harris), Chris Wells (rep Marc Breeze), Paul Breeze (rep Lloyd Howell), Ian Moore (capt), Andrew Fisher (rep Chris Gittins), Darryl Thomas, Richard Morris, Chris Davies.

The referee for Saturday’s game is Elfyn Morris-Roberts, aided by Richard Brace and Simon Beard.