Wizards cast a win­ning spell

South Wales Echo - - Sport -

ABERAVON have en­joyed a great start to the Prin­ci­pal­ity Pre­mier­ship sea­son and they hope that will con­tinue with the visit of Car­marthen Quins this af­ter­noon.

The Quins travel to the Tal­bot Ath­letic Ground af­ter their shock de­feat to Llanelli last week­end while the Wizards are cur­rently on a four-game win­ning streak, which has in­cluded vic­to­ries over Llan­dovery, Pon­typridd and reign­ing cham­pi­ons Merthyr.

“The vic­tory against Merthyr away was par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing,” said Aberavon head coach Ja­son Hy­att.

“Not many sides go to Merthyr and get a win, they have a very proud ground record there, so to go there and get a win was su­perb.

“I think that gave the squad a lot of con­fi­dence.

“The boys are work­ing very hard to main­tain stan­dards and are try­ing to push the bar even higher.

“The en­ergy in the squad is tremen­dous, the play­ers drive that and win­ning is a huge part of that.

“You can’t get that win­ning feel­ing un­less you are win­ning on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

“But we are un­der no il­lu­sions, the Quins are very well coached, they are a good side and tra­di­tion­ally they are al­ways up there or there­abouts.

“They will be bit­terly dis­ap­pointed with los­ing to Llanelli last week so they’ll come up want­ing to right a few wrongs.”

Else­where, Llanelli will look to con­tinue their re­vival at Bar­goed while Neath wel­come Merthyr as they still await their first win of the sea­son.

Af­ter their 17-try thriller against Neath last week, Pon­typridd visit Swansea, New­port face the long trip north to face RGC 1404, while Brid­gend Ravens en­ter­tain Llan­dovery.

Mean­while, Ebbw Vale will hope to make it seven wins from seven when they host Cross Keys at Eugene Cross Park (5.15pm).

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