Preview: Carmarthen Quins v Aberavon

Aberavon (7th – 59 points) travel to Carmarthen Park on Saturday to take on Carmarthen Quins (8th – 52 points) in the Principality Premiership, kick off 2:30pm.

The Quins have won ten of their twenty-one games this season, with them winning seven of their eleven games played at Carmarthen Park.

They started their season winning seven of their first ten games as they saw off Cross Keys, Bargoed, Cardiff, Bedwas, RGC 1404, Bridgend and Neath, with five of those victories bonus point wins. Their losses came against Newport, Llanelli and Aberavon (5 – 10), with the Quins picking up two losing points in the process.

They then lost seven of their next ten games. They picked up wins, and completed the double, over Cross Keys, Bargoed and Bedwas, but lost to Swansea, Ebbw Vale, Pontypridd, Merthyr, Newport, Llandovery and Cardiff. The win over Bargoed was a bonus point win, whilst they picked up losing bonus points in their losses to Swansea, Pontypridd and Newport.

Last weekend, they lost 12 – 18 against Llanelli at Parc y Scarlets.

Looking at the Premiership, in “attack”, Carmarthen have scored 21.4 points on average per game (ranked 10th) and 2.7 tries (ranked 9th). In “defence” they have conceded 19.6 points on average per game (ranked 5th) and 2.3 tries (ranked 5th). Aberavon have scored 22.7 points per game (ranked 8th) and 3.1 tries (ranked 8th), and conceded 19.7 points (ranked 6th) and 2.8 tries (ranked 9th).

Head-to-head, Aberavon and Carmarthen have met each other 32 times in the Welsh National League, with the Wizards leading the series 19 – 12 with 1 game drawn. At Carmarthen Park, the Quins lead 9 – 7, and have won the last two clashes at the ground.

Looking back fifteen seasons the Wizards won 27 – 18 at the ground. A superb pack and defensive performance helped the Wizards to that win as they took a 17 – 0 lead at half time. Wing Lenny Woodard scored the only try of the half while outside half Jamie Davies slotted over four penalty kicks. At the end of normal time the visitors led 27 – 11 with wing Sam Greenaway scoring a try for Aberavon and Davies converting and adding a fifth penalty. For the home side, centre Emyr Jones touched down while outside half Aled Thomas and replacement Giles Thomas kicked penalties. In injury time, the Quins scored a consolation try by flanker Alan Mason with Thomas converting.

The Wizards team that day was: Ricky Price; Lenny Woodard, Darren Ryan (rep Aled James), David Hawkins (blood rep Mark Davies), Sam Greenaway; Jamie Davies, Daniel Hawkins; Mike Harris (rep Greg Dix), James Jones, Paul Breeze (rep Mark Thomas), Dafydd Owen, Chris Gittins, Steffan Edwards (rep Jamie Summers), Jonathan Purnell (rep Richard Morris), Howard Merrett (rep Paul Breeze).

The referee for Saturday’s game is Stephen Allsop, aided by Chris Oliver and Nathan Davies.

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 27 21 0 6 798 501 107
Llandovery 28 20 1 7 803 492 98
Cardiff 26 19 1 6 771 547 95
Ebbw Vale 28 19 1 8 671 512 90
Pontypridd 25 18 0 7 840 480 89
Aberavon 26 17 2 7 612 490 83
Newport 29 16 2 11 726 678 83
Swansea 28 15 0 13 625 552 75
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 26 12 1 13 669 556 73
Carmarthen Quins 29 13 1 15 616 544 71
Llanelli 29 11 1 17 622 710 58
Bedwas 28 10 1 17 615 786 52
Bridgend Ravens 26 9 0 17 544 651 50
Cross Keys 27 5 1 21 552 925 35
Bargoed 27 6 0 21 522 872 33
Neath 27 1 0 26 379 1069 3