ABERAVON 95 SHEFFIELD TIGERS 0
(by Howard Evans)

Aberavon atoned for their huge loss away to Cornish Pirates seven days earlier when they ran in 15 tries and converted ten of them against a Sheffield side who made their first-ever appearance at the Talbot Athletic Ground.

There were some good moments for Sheffield in the first half but the Wizards ran the ball from all angles and scored seven tries in the 40 minutes with skipper James Garland goaling them all.

Flanker Craig Price scored a debut try after six minutes and prop Mike Burgess, scrum half Jacob Flynn and hooker Luke Davies followed.

Then Aberavon lost flanker Lee Purnell whose cut mouth saw him go to hospital for stitches but the Wizards scored further tries by Purnell's replacement David Griggs, debutant centre Stuart Nicholas and teenage wing Llyr Davies.

At half-time Aberavon made wholesale changes and flanker Griggs ran for three more tries with others from No 8 Jacob Blackmore, hooker Ieuan Davies, centre Shane Davies (Vardre), full back Jonny Phillips and flanker Rhydian George.

Garland had gone off after goaling seven out of seven and Liam Popham then converted three of his eight attempts. 

The amazing Griggs has now scored 11 tries in 10 appearances for Aberavon, while several players were on the scoreboard for the first time, including debutants Craig Price and Stuart Nicholas.

Young wings Shaun Pearce and Llyr Davies looked splendid and newcomers Nicholas and Shane Davies did not look out of place.

Purnell had made a tremendous start to the game and Luke Davies had his best performance in an Aberavon jersey, while the whole side played with pace and confidence.

Scorers.
Aberavon - Tries: D Griggs 4, J Phillips, S Davies, I Davies, Luke Davies, S Nicholas, C Price, J Blackmore, M Burgess, J Flynn, Llyr Davies, R George.
Cons - J Garland 7, L Popham 3




Score:
Aberavon 95 - 0 Sheffield Tigers

Aberavon Team:
Liam Popham; Llyr Davies, Stuart Nicholas (rep Shane Davies 52 min), David Evans, Shaun Pearce (rep Rheon James 52 min); James Garland (capt) (rep Jonathan Phillips half-time), Jacob Flynn (rep David Pritchard half-time); Mike Burgess (rep Rhys Forse half-time), Luke Davies (rep Mike Burgess 68 min), Jon Thomas (rep Rhys Henry half-time), Ben Jones (rep Ben Thomas half-time, rep Jon Thomas 78 min), Sam Williams (rep Ieuan Davies 49 min), Lee Purnell (rep David Griggs 32 min), Luke Joseph (rep Jacob Blackmore 44 min), Craig Price (rep Rhydian George half-time).

Aberavon Scorers:
T - David Griggs (4), Craig Price, Mike Burgess, Jacob Flynn, Luke Davies, Stuart Nicholas, Llyr Davies, Jacob Blackmore, Ieuan Davies, Shane Davies, Jonathan Phillips, Rhydian George
C - James Garland (7), Liam Popham (3)

Referee:
Adam Jones

Time Line:
05 min: Aberavon - T - Craig Price & C - James Garland (7 - 0)
15 min: Aberavon - T - Mike Burgess & C - James Garland (14 - 0)
27 min: Aberavon - T - Jacob Flynn & C - James Garland (21 - 0)
30 min: Aberavon - T - Luke Davies & C - James Garland (28 - 0)
35 min: Aberavon - T - David Griggs & C - James Garland (35 - 0)
38 min: Aberavon - T - Stuart Nicholas & C - James Garland (42 - 0)
40 min: Aberavon - T - Llyr Davies & C - James Garland (49 - 0)
40+1 min: Half Time
45 min: Aberavon - T - Jacob Blackmore (54 - 0)
47 min: Aberavon - T - David Griggs (59 - 0)
52 min: Aberavon - T - David Griggs (64 - 0)
66 min: Aberavon - T - Ieuan Davies & C - Liam Popham (71 - 0)
69 min: Aberavon - T - Shane Davies (76 - 0)
71 min: Aberavon - T - Jonathan Phillips & C - Liam Popham (83 - 0)
77 min: Aberavon - T - David Griggs & C - Liam Popham (90 - 0)
79 min: Aberavon - T - Rhydian George (95 - 0)
80 min: Full Time