An impressive looking Swansea side put the Wizards to the sword with a bonus point victory at a sun soaked St Helen’s.
However it was the perfect start for the visitors when scrum half David Pritchard pealed off a ruck to score in the corner. Jamie Davies missed the conversion.
A deft grubber kick to the corner by home scrum half Aled Lewis set up a dangerous attack from which flanker Sean Williams surged forward only for the Wizards to kill the ball. Sam Davies converted the penalty.
Both Steffan Jones and Sean Williams came desperately close to scoring before Davies took a quick tap penalty and crashed over the line for a try which he also converted.
Pritchard made a half break inside the Swansea twenty-two, forcing the home forwards to enter a ruck from the wrong side. Jamie Davies made no mistake with the penalty goal.
The Whites began to put huge pressure on the Aberavon line and number eight Steffan Jones squeezed over in the corner for a try. Davies missed the conversion. Swansea winger Jordan Skidmore was sent to the sidelines for 10 minutes for a deliberate one-handed knock down.
Half-time:- Swansea 15 Aberavon 8
Davies extended the Whites’ lead four minutes into the second half with a drop goal after Richard Williams made an initial break and Steffan Jones helped set up a platform. Chris Davies and John Phillips sparked a dangerous attack for the visitors but full back Phillips threw a loose pass and the move broke down.
A grubber kick by Jamie Davies was well collected by Pritchard but Richard Williams tracked back to make a superb try saving tackle. A powerful run by centre Ben Roberts set up a drop goal chance for Davies but he pulled his effort well wide of the posts.
With five minutes of normal time remaining the visitors scored arguably the best try of the match to bring themselves back into contention. Phillips, Chris Davies and Morgan Allen were all involved before the ball was swept out wide to Stef Andrews who touched down. Jamie Davies missed the conversion attempt.
Replacement Dan Baker clinched victory for the All Whites by stealing lineout ball and then diving over to score an opportunist try. Davies converted. The home side made sure of a bonus point when replacement Jamie Thomas intercepted a pass inside his own half and raced in to score under the posts. Davies converted.
Next up for Swansea is a trip to Bedwas while Aberavon travel to Cross Keys.
Full time:- Swansea 32 Aberavon 13
Referee:- Gwyn Morris
Weather:- Sunny, 17C
Man of the match:-
Tries:- Davies (15), S Jones (29), Baker (79), Thomas (80+7)
Cons:- Davies (16, 80, 80+8)
Pens:- Davies (9)
DGs:- Davies (45)
Tries:- Pritchard (4), Andrews (75)
Cons:- Davies (17)
15 R Williams
14 J Skidmore
13 L Price
12 B Roberts (rep: J Thomas 73)
11 J Morgan
10 S Davies
9 A Lewis
1 M Norman (rep: R Jones 76)
2 P John (rep: I Dobbs 73)
3 I Williams (rep: A Mason 62)
4 S Kiley
5 R Hughes
6 J McKenna
7 S Williams (rep: D Blyth 62)
8 S Jones (rep: D Baker 62)
15 J Phillips
14 S Andrews
13 B John
12 Richard Thomas
11 Ricky Thomas (rep: L Gadd 60)
10 J Davies (rep: C Evans 70)
9 D Pritchard
1 R Jenkins (rep: R Jenkins 70)
2 E Yardley (rep: G Harvey 53)
3 A Edwards (rep: A Clatworthy 41)
4 G Ronan (rep: I Moore 41)
5 S Williams (rep: R Gierat 64)
6 B Thomas (rep: C Davies 41)
7 J Tomalin-Reeves
8 M Allen
By Paul Hopkins