Aberavon (4th - 24 points) welcome RGC 1404 (1st - 37 points) to the Talbot Athletic Ground this coming Friday in the Principality Premiership West, kick-off at 7:15pm.

RGC have won eight and drawn one of their ten games in the Premiership West. Their only loss came at the very start of the season when they lost 10 - 31 at Llandovery at the end of August. They then won three straight games, at home to Llanelli (25 - 22), away to Neath (31 - 18 with a bonus point) and home to Aberavon (32 - 24). They then drew 16 - 16 at Swansea. Since then, the North Walians have won five straight games as they have beaten Carmarthen Quins (26 - 13), Bridgend (18 - 17), Llandovery (24 - 7), Llanelli (48 - 31 with a bonus point) and, last weekend, Neath (31 - 19 with a bonus point).

Looking at the West Premiership, in "attack" this season, RGC have scored 26.1 points on average per game (ranked top) and 2.9 tries (ranked joint 4th). In "defence" they have conceded 19.8 points on average per game (ranked 3rd) and 2.7 tries (ranked 4th). Aberavon have scored 24.8 points per game (ranked 2nd) and 3.4 tries (ranked 2nd), and conceded 24.5 points (ranked 5th) and 2.6 tries (ranked 3rd).

Head-to-head, Aberavon and RGC have met each other only 3 times in the Welsh National League with the Wizards leading the series 2 - 1. At the Talbot Athletic Ground they have met once, and this was last season when the Wizards won 28 - 14.

Looking back at that game, the Wizards had players missing due to injuries, and calls from Ospreys and Wales Sevens. However, they turned in one of their better performances of the season. It was nip and tuck in the first half with three Steffen Williams penalties edging out a try by RGC skipper Meredydd Francis that Jacob Botica converted. In the second half, a try by Matthew Jenkins, converted by Williams, was followed by a try by RGC forward Huw Worthington. Botica's conversion made the score 16 - 14 to Aberavon with a quarter of the game to go. However, a try by replacement lock Ben Davies and then Williams converting his own try made the final score 28 - 14 to Aberavon.

The Wizards team that day was: Joe Gage; Matthew Jenkins (rep Matthew Jacobs), Rheon James, Will Price, Joe Thomas; Steffen Williams, Jacob Flynn (rep Dan Davies); Mike Burgess (rep Rhys Forse), Luke Davies (rep Gareth Harvey), Alex Jeffries (rep Jon Thomas), Ben Jones (rep Ben Davies), Sam Williams, Lee Purnell (rep Luke Joseph), Chris Davies (capt), Joe Tomalin-Reeves.

The referee for Friday’s game is Wayne Davies, aided by Jon Hardy and Stuart Vaudin.