Aberavon (5th - 26 points) play their last home game of 2017 this coming Sunday when the Wizards welcome Llanelli (4th - 31 points) to the Talbot Athletic Ground in the Principality Premiership West, kick-off at 2:30pm.
Llanelli have won six of their twelve matches in the Premiership West. They won their opening game of the season against Carmarthen (24 - 8), gaining a bonus point in the process before losing three on a trot as they went down to RGC 1404 (22 - 25), Llandovery (5 - 19) and Bridgend (18 - 27). They picked up two bonus points in their defeat to RGC. The Parc y Scarlets side then won their next three games as they saw off Neath (40 - 17), Aberavon (36 - 22) and Swansea (33 - 27) with all three being bonus point wins. After the October break Llanelli lost three games on the trot with them losing to Carmarthen (16 - 37), RGC 1404 (31 - 48) and Llandovery (8 - 29). Once again, Llanelli picked up a bonus point in their defeat to RGC. In the last couple of weeks Llanelli have beaten Bridgend (23 - 18) and Neath (15 - 13).
Looking at the West Premiership, in "attack" this season, Llanelli have scored 22.6 points on average per game (ranked 4th) and 3.0 tries (ranked 5th). In "defence" they have conceded 24.2 points on average per game (ranked 4th) and 3.1 tries (ranked joint 4th). Aberavon have scored 23.6 points per game (ranked 3rd) and 3.3 tries (ranked top), and conceded 24.7 points (ranked 5th) and 2.7 tries (ranked 3rd).
Head-to-head, Aberavon and Llanelli have met each other 36 times in the Welsh National League, excluding playoffs, with Llanelli leading the series 22 - 12 with 2 games drawn. At the Talbot Athletic Ground, Aberavon lead 10 - 6 with 2 games drawn, and have won the last four clashes between the sides at the ground.
Looking back to when the sides met on January 3rd 2004, the visitors scored early in the game when Welsh International wing Mark Jones sprinted 80 metres for a try under the posts. Centre Ceiron Thomas added the extras. The Wizards clawed their way back into the game with three successive penalties by outside half Jamie Davies making the score 9 - 7 to Aberavon at the end of the first quarter. Thomas retook the lead for Llanelli with a try he converted but Davies reduced their lead to just two points with his fourth penalty of the afternoon. At the end of the half Aberavon went back ahead when Davies scored a try to make the score 17 - 14. Thomas and Davies traded penalties early in the second half before wing Sam Greenaway crashed over for a try in the 68th minute to make the score 25 - 17. Thomas kicked a penalty late on but the Wizards came away with the 25 - 20 win.
The Wizards team that day was: Richard Lewis; Sam Greenaway, Darren Ryan (rep Aled James), David Hawkins, Ricky Price; Jamie Davies, Daniel Hawkins; Mike Harris, James Jones, Mark Thomas (rep Greg Dix), Dafydd Owen, Chris Gittins, Ceri Thomas (rep Jamie Summers), Richard Morris (rep Steffan Edwards), Howard Merrett.
The referee for Sunday’s game will be Daniel Collins (RFU), aided by Jon Hardy and Julian Thomas.