Preview: RGC 1404 v Aberavon

Aberavon (7th – 74 points) travel to North Wales this weekend as they take on RGC 1404 (9th – 70 points) at Stadiwm Zip World this Saturday in the Principality Premiership, kick off 2:30pm.

The North Walians have won twelve and drawn one of their twenty-four games this season. At Colwyn Bay they have won six and drawn one of their twelve games.

RGC have been inconsistent throughout the season, never winning or losing more than two in a row.

Their wins have come against Neath (twice), Swansea, Pontypridd, Llandovery, Bargoed, Bedwas (twice), Llanelli, Cross Keys, Bridgend and Newport. Every one of their wins has been a bonus point win.

Their losses have come at the hands of Ebbw Vale (twice), Merthyr, Newport, Carmarthen Quins, Cardiff, Aberavon (7 – 15), Swansea, Llandovery, Bargoed & Llanelli. They have picked up seven losing points and one try bonus point in these losses.

Their sole draw came at the start of last month when they drew 15 – 15 at home to Carmarthen Quins.

Looking at the Premiership, in “attack”, RGC 1404 have scored 25.7 points on average per game (ranked 5th) and 3.6 tries (ranked 5th). In “defence” they have conceded 20.8 points on average per game (ranked 8th) and 2.7 tries (ranked 8th). Aberavon have scored 23.1 points per game (ranked 7th) and 3.1 tries (ranked 7th), and conceded 19.4 points (ranked 7th) and 2.6 tries (ranked 7th).

Head-to-head, Aberavon and RGC 1404 have met each other just 6 times in the Welsh National League, with the series tied on 3 wins each. The sides have met each other twice in Colwyn Bay, with Aberavon winning 22 – 11 in 2016-17, and RGC 1404 winning 32 – 14 in 2017-18.

Looking back to when both sides first clashed at the ground in October 2016, the Wizards won the top-of-the-table clash 22 – 11.

Aberavon led 10 – 3 at the break thanks to a try by David Pritchard. Steffen Williams converted and kicked a penalty late in the half. For the home side, Jacob Botica kicked a penalty.

Early in the second half the Wizards went further ahead when Morgan Williams scored a try. Once again, Steffen Williams converted. The home side scored their only try of the game when Ross Davies went over. A second Botica penalty put the RGC within 6 points of their visitors, but Aberavon had the last word when Stef Andrews went over for Aberavon’s third try of the afternoon.

The Wizards team that day was: Joe Gage (rep Morgan Williams); Matthew Jacobs, Will Price, Rheon James, Stef Andrews; Steffen Williams (rep Joe Thomas), David Pritchard (rep Jacob Flynn); Rowan Jenkins, Ieuan Davies, Alex Jeffries (rep Jon Thomas), James Ratti, Adam Beard, Nathan Brown (rep Ben Davies), Chris Davies (capt), Joe Tomalin-Reeves.

The referee for Saturday’s game is Carwyn Williams, aided by Dylan Llyr Jones and Mike Jolley.


RGC’s Fanzone, which will be located by the south stand, will be open from 1pm.

Supporters buses may use the coach parking bays in the car park at Gate C off Abergele Road.


 

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 30 23 0 7 885 593 117
Cardiff 30 22 1 7 991 660 111
Pontypridd 30 22 0 8 1015 580 110
Llandovery 30 21 1 8 856 551 104
Ebbw Vale 30 20 1 9 762 594 95
Aberavon 30 18 2 10 698 603 90
Newport 30 17 2 11 759 700 88
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 30 14 1 15 852 650 85
Swansea 30 16 0 14 674 594 81
Carmarthen Quins 30 13 1 16 637 584 71
Bridgend Ravens 30 12 0 18 689 714 66
Llanelli 30 12 1 17 679 723 63
Bedwas 30 12 1 17 681 830 62
Cross Keys 30 5 1 24 586 1093 36
Bargoed 30 6 0 24 576 1003 35
Neath 30 1 0 29 406 1274 3