Wiz­ards find­ing spell to win­ning

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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.

“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.”

Hy­att be­lieves to­day’s match will be a com­pletely dif­fer­ent test to re­cent games due to the weather ex­pected from Storm Cal­lum.

“Last week we were play­ing in nice dry weather with no wind but with the storm com­ing in it is go­ing to be a real chal­lenge on both sides’ set piece,” he added.

“I think who­ever has got the best set piece is prob­a­bly go­ing to go on and get the win.

“It’s go­ing to be a good test for a lot of young play­ers.

“We’re third in the ta­ble at the mo­ment and when you are in that top three you are there to be chal­lenged and that is the ex­cit­ing thing about where we are.”

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

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).

In the Celtic Cup, the group games come to an end this week with Cardiff Blues A tak­ing on Ospreys Devel­op­ment to­day and Dragons A clash­ing with Scar­lets A to­mor­row.

Scar­lets A cur­rently top Pool Two with 14 points with Cardiff Blues A on 13 and Ospreys Devel­op­ment on 10.

The top-ranked Welsh side will face the top-ranked Ir­ish side in the fi­nal so Dragons A are al­ready out of con­tention as they only have six points. Le­in­ster A and Mun­ster A have won all five of their games so it’s a win­ner-take­sall clash for top spot in Pool One.

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