Aberavon
2016/2017 Principality Premiership
Aberavon 28 v 9 Bedwas
06 May 2017 - Talbot Athletic Ground, Port Talbot
Bedwas

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All to play for in last game of the regular season

Bedwas travel to Aberavon for their last fixture of the regular part of the season. There are quite a number of parallels between the two sides which suggests this could be a tightly fought contest.

Aberavon and Bedwas are the only teams to have won at RGC and have both beaten the North Walians twice (home and away). In total both sides have only lost 5 league games this season and in the reverse fixture at the Bridgefield last November the sides settled for a 17 points each draw.

With the first and second placed teams gaining a home fixture for the first phase of the play-offs this will add to the drama. Table topping Merthyr host Ebbw Vale as they hope to cement top spot but if Ebbw Vale were to win with a bonus point and the fourth and fifth teams (Pontypridd and RGC) were to draw Ebbw could grasp a top four place. With Bedwas sitting in second spot two points ahead of Aberavon then a Bedwas win could see them take over top spot were Merthyr to lose.

Whatever happens it is certain to keep supporters of all clubs on their toes on Saturday.

Bedwas make a few changes from the team that beat Pontypridd last time out.

Richard Powell is unavailable and James S Dixon having played a pivotal role in the British Army’s win over the Royal Navy at Twickenham last weekend comes in at fly half. Connor Edwards comes in at inside centre in place of Mike Callow.

Up front Andrew Waite replaces James Richards at blindside flanker in the only change to last weekend starting pack.

On the bench Nathan Hudd and another member of the Army’s winning team Ken Dowding also earn recalls.

The full squad is:

15. Aaron Bramwell, 14. Patric Lewis, 13. Ross Wardle, 12. Connor Edwards, 11. Mathew John, 10. James S. Dixon, 9. Nicky Griffiths ©, 1. Dan Preece, 2. Alun Rees, 3. Matthew Pettit, 4. Geraint Edmunds, 5. Joe Davies, 6. Andrew Waite, 7. George Lee, 8. Robson Blake.

Replacements:

16. Brynley Toms, 17. Rhys Hutcherson, 18. Ken Dowding, 19. Rhys Verley, 20. Nathan Hudd, 21. Tom Rowlands, 22. James Dixon, 23. Adam Williams

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