Wizards coach seeks magic as side heads north

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ABER­AVON head coach Ja­son Hy­att ex­pects this af­ter­noon’s Prin­ci­pal­ity Pre­mier­ship clash with Na­tional Cup hold­ers RGC 1404 at Eirias Park to once again bring the best out of his play­ers.

Hav­ing started the sea­son with two straight wins, the Wizards then suf­fered their first de­feat at the hands of Car­marthen Quins last week­end – while RGC have bounced back from their open­ing day re­verse at Llan­dovery with back-to­back vic­to­ries over Llanelli and Neath re­spec­tively.

Hy­att’s men were vic­to­ri­ous in both meet­ings with the North Walians last sea­son on their way to the Grand Fi­nal.

“We won up there last year and it’s al­ways a good at­mos­phere,” said Hy­att.

“RGC are a very well­coached side and there’s also the added in­cen­tive of know­ing that pretty much all of their play­ers are full­time pros in a full-time en­vi­ron­ment.

“You’ve got to be on point go­ing up there and that’s what we’re hop­ing to be.”

Aber­avon will be look­ing to bounce back from their home de­feat by the Quins – and Hy­att said it sums up just how un­pre­dictable the league is.

“Any­one is ca­pa­ble of beat­ing any­one,” he con­tin­ued.

“If you look at the back­line the Quins had out last week it was brim­ming with the play­ers with re­gional ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Although we were dis­ap­pointed there were also some real pos­i­tives for us to take out of it at the same time.

“We went with a young side and cre­ated lots of chances, but just couldn’t fin­ish them un­for­tu­nately and lost our com­po­sure a lit­tle bit in the last 20 min­utes.

“But we’re a bit more set­tled this week; we had two ex­cit­ing games against RGC last year and it brought the best out of us.”

Llan­dovery boast the only 100 per cent win­ning record in the West sec­tion and this af­ter­noon en­ter­tain Neath – who lost theirs against RGC last week.

Mean­while, hav­ing picked up their first win of the cam­paign Car­marthen will be look­ing to back that up when Swansea visit the Park.

The All Whites got off the mark last time out against Brid­gend, who them­selves have lost their first three games.

The vis­i­tors to the Brew­ery Field this af­ter­noon are Llanelli, who have one win from their open­ing three matches.

In the Pre­mier­ship’s East sec­tion, Bed­was have taken a max­i­mum 15 points so far and, hav­ing hum­bled cham­pi­ons Merthyr in their own back­yard last week, will be hot favourites again this af­ter­noon when Bar­goed visit the Bridge Field

Cardiff, now coached by ex-Bed­was chief Steve Law, have also won their first three matches – in­clud­ing a win over Merthyr. To­day they face Cross Keys at the Arms Park.

Else­where, Ebbw Vale tackle New­port while there is a mouth-wa­ter­ing prospect in store at Sardis Road where ri­vals Pon­typridd and Merthyr lock horns once again

> RGC and Aber­avon had some close en­coun­ters last sea­son

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