In Aberavon's penultimate game of the season, the Wizards (10th place - 36 points) welcome Bridgend (11th place - 35 points) to the Talbot Athletic Ground in the Principality Premiership this coming Saturday, kick off 2:30pm.

Since the Premiership combined, Bridgend have won half of their fourteen games. They won just one of their first seven games as they went down to RGC 1404, Cardiff, Ebbw Vale, Bedwas, Pontypridd and Merthyr, but did beat Newport 16 - 12 at the Brewery Field in the middle of March. However, since the start of April the Ravens have won six from seven, including their last four games. Their wins have come against Neath (21 - 15), Carmarthen Quins (11 - 6), Swansea (24 - 0), Llanelli (25 - 22), Cross Keys (13 - 7) and, last weekend, Bargoed (68 - 35). Their only defeat during this time came at Church Bank last month when the Ravens went down 13 - 26 at Llandovery.

In the first half of the season, Bridgend finished sixth in the Premiership West after winning five of their fourteen games. The Ravens did the double over Neath - winning 28 - 20 at home, and 15 - 8 at the Gnoll; with them also beating Llanelli (27 - 18), Aberavon at the Brewery Field (37 - 21) and Swansea (21 - 19). When the Ravens and Wizards met at the Talbot Athletic Ground at the start of the season, back in August, Aberavon won 40 - 15.

Looking at results since the Premiership merged, in "attack", Bridgend have scored 21.6 points on average per game (ranked 12th) and 2.6 tries (ranked 12th). In "defence" they have conceded 23.0 points on average per game (ranked 9th) and 3.0 tries (ranked 9th). Aberavon have scored 19.4 points per game (ranked 13th) and 2.8 tries (ranked 11th), and conceded 18.0 points (ranked 2nd) and 2.1 tries (ranked 3rd).

Head-to-head, Aberavon and Bridgend have met each other 35 times in the Welsh National League with the Wizard narrowly leading the series 17 - 16 with 2 games drawn. At the Talbot Athletic Ground, the Wizards lead 10 - 6 with 1 game drawn, with Aberavon winning their last two games at the ground.

Looking back at the fixture ten seasons ago, a scrappy, forward-dominated opening half saw the Wizards take an 8 - 0 lead thanks to a try from Marc Breeze and penalty by Jamie Davies. Davies kicked two further penalties in the third quarter as Gareth David got points on the board for the visitors. Leading 14 - 3, the Wizards home pack were increasingly dominating their counterparts resulting in brace of tries for Chris Wells, both converted by Davies, and an unconverted try by James Garland. Final score, Aberavon 33, Bridgend 3.

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

The referee for Saturday's game will be Gareth Newman, aided by Brian Powell and Mike Davies.