Aberavon (5th - 19 points) welcome Swansea (7th - 13 points) to the Talbot Athletic Ground this coming Saturday in the Principality Premiership West, kick off 2:30pm.

Swansea have won two and drawn one of their eight games in the Premiership West so far. They lost their first two games of the season going down 16 - 39 at Neath before losing 28 - 41 at home to Aberavon. The All Whites first win of the season came on September 9th with them beating Bridgend 22 - 6 at home. A 6 - 10 loss at Carmarthen Quins followed before Swansea drew 16 - 16 with Premiership West leaders RGC at St Helen's. The All Whites lost two games on the road as they went down 9 - 32 at Llandovery and 27 - 33 at Llanelli. Last weekend, after the break for the Premiership Select involvement in the British & Irish Cup, Swansea welcomed Neath to St Helen's with the All Whites winning 24 - 17, and gaining a bonus point in the process.

Looking at the West Premiership, in "attack" this season, Swansea have scored 18.5 points on average per game (ranked bottom) and 1.9 tries (ranked bottom). In "defence" they have conceded 24.3 points on average per game (ranked 5th) and 3.1 tries (ranked 6th). Aberavon have scored 27.6 points per game (ranked top) and 3.9 tries (ranked top), and conceded 26.9 points (ranked 7th) and 3.0 tries (ranked joint 4th).

Head-to-head, Aberavon and Swansea have met each other 30 times in the Welsh National League with Swansea narrowly leading the series 15 - 14 and 1 game drawn. At the Talbot Athletic Ground, the Wizards lead 10 - 4 and have won the last two league fixtures played at the ground.

Looking back ten years to the 2007-08 season the Wizards narrowly won 19 - 18 after a second half fightback from Swansea that saw them recover from a 19 - 3 deficit early in the second period to move within touching distance of the home side. Outside-half Dan Biggar gave Swansea a surprise lead with a penalty in the 23rd minute, but that was soon cancelled out by an effort from opposite number James Garland. Ashley Beck then latched onto a hopeful kick forward to score Aberavon's opening try and Garland added another penalty and drop goal before the interval to give his side a 14 -3 interval advantage. Swansea were struggling to force their way back into the game and when Chris Wells drove over for Aberavon's second try in the 51st minutes there looked to be no way back for the St Helen's outfit. However, the visitors hauled their way back into the game when Ricky Williams latched onto Biggar's kick, grounding under the posts for a try Biggar converted to cut Aberavon's lead to nine points. And an unlikely comeback looked possible in the 64th minute when wing Nicky Thomas crashed over in the corner. Although Biggar failed to add the extras, he slotted over a penalty shortly afterwards to set up a tense finish.

The Wizards team that day was: Marc Bennett; Richard Carter, Liam Gadd, Ashley Beck, Steve Davies; James Garland (rep Jamie Davies), Chris Morgans (rep Gavin Hooper); Neil White (rep Mike Harris), Chris Wells (rep Marc Breeze), Paul Breeze (rep Anthony Edwards), Ian Moore (capt), Chris Gittins, Justin Tipuric, Chris Davies, Simon Peters (rep Robbie Morgan).

The referee for Saturday’s game is Calum Howard (RFU), aided by Jason Bessant and Aled Liddington.