Wizards finding spell to winning
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.