Losing against Pontypridd was a blow, no question, but the Aberavon Wizards must not allow it to ruin the opportunity in front of them. Four matches stand between them and a clash of the top 2 clash against Llandovery at Church Bank and the team must now look to build some momentum. Closing the 3 point gap would be a bonus ofcourse although merely keeping 3 points behind would allow them to go level with a win on that March 5th encounter.
Pontypridd’s powerful scrum early on meant that the Wizards were playing catch up from the offset as O’Connor secured the first try after the culmination of the rolling maul scrum. Lewis K Williams added the conversion and the visitors woes accelerated when Ben Davies was given a sin bin for interfering in another maul. Aberavon were now wavering and Williams turned provider this time with a kick that was gathered by O’Connor and dispatched with another try.
The Aberavon we have known and loved for the majority of this season returned for periods of the second half and when Steffan Williams soared along the touchline for a second try, you may have thought a comeback was on the cards. However their efforts were in vain and compounded by another sin bin as Joel Young was given his marching orders.
Onto Saturday and a trip to Bridgend to take on the Ravens could be the perfect game to remedy the slow start and indiscipline that was so costly last time out. 40-8 and 40-20 were the convincing wins recorded in the last matches against Bridgend and I am expecting the wounded animal (Aberavon Wizards) to come out fighting and win again.
Aberavon Wizards and Bridgend Ravens have played each other 31 times and it is Bridgend who lead with 15 wins to 14. The other two matches were drawn.
Scoring 40 points has happened twice so why not a third time?40-10 is my prediction.