Wizards held in 32-32 thriller

26 October 2015

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Aberavon are demonstrating strong team spirit this season and Sunday was a point in case of this

Even though Aberavon Wizards and Cross Keys scored four bonus points apiece, it needed James Garland’s penalty conversion to salvage a draw.

Special mention must go to David Pritchard, who was exemplary for the Wizards and produced the move of the afternoon by motoring towards the full back and offloading to Jonny Phillips for a try.

Mainstay scrum half James Leadbeater provided a swift response with a try after five minutes that Ethan Davies converted. Aberavon responded through a Phillips try and Garland conversion only for wing Nathan Trowbridge to intercept and Davies converted at 16-16.

Rowan Jenkins restored the lead with a try that gave Aberavon a 22-16 interval lead. A a try by centre Joe Thomas and Garland conversion was almost added to by a Jay Baker score, however it was disallowed. How Baker would have loved to have got on the score sheet after returning from injury.

Keys fought back in the form of  Dan Hodge and Leon Andrews try’s with Davies converting both for a 32-30 lead. Aberavon pursued in trying to get the draw that their play deserved and got their just rewards in the last minutes. A cool Garland penalty levelled a frantic end-to-end encounter although he was binned and Phillips injured, in the closing stages.

Score:
Cross Keys 32 – 32 Aberavon

Aberavon Starting XV:
Jonathan Phillips (rep Joe Gage 79 min); Jay Baker, Joe Thomas, Matthew Jenkins, Steffan Andrews; James Garland, David Pritchard; Rowan Jenkins, Gareth Harvey (rep Ieuan Davies 65 min), Jon Thomas, Ben Davies (rep Sam Williams 73 min), Ben Jones, Rob Dudley-Jones (rep Lee Purnell 65 min), Chris Davies, Joe Tomalin-Reeves.

Replacements not used: Dan Davies, Steffan Williams, Rhys Forse & Mike Burgess. Joe Thomas & Joe Gage appeared from the Ospreys; Steffan Williams from Resolven RFC; Rhys Forse from Waunarlwydd RFC; Mike Burgess from Aberavon Quins RFC.

Referee:
Craig Evans

Man Of The Match:
David Pritchard

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