Match report: Aberavon 15 Swansea 8
ABERAVON will host Bridgend on Saturday to decide who represents the Ospreys region in the British and Irish Cup this season.
The Wizards were deserved winners, but failure to find a killer punch and the loss of ball at breakdowns almost allowed Swansea to forced them into extra time.
Aberavon captain Andrew Clatworthy, a former Swansea prop, said: "It's nice to beat your former club, but I have a lot of friends there and I really thought Swansea were a lot better than they were last season.
"They should improve with more matches."
New Aberavon forwards coach Paul Yardley said: "We played well but let them off the hook and though we were pleased with much of our play, we need to be able to finish sides off when we have them on the ropes."
While Aberavon were guilty of losing ball at times, Swansea dropped too many passes.
Much of this was due to the excellent Jamie Davies, in his 415th game, whose ten points took him to 4,077 in a great career.
Jonathan Phillips and Stefan Andrews were the fastest runners on view and Evan Yardley, Nathan Brown and Ben Thomas went well up front.
Swansea looked better when their replacements came on with youngsters Nicky Smith and Nicky Thomas improving the scrum and Andrew Claypole defended dourly.
A Nicky Thomas penalty for Swansea was soon overtaken by a good Jamie Davies try before the fly-half sent Phillips racing over and Davies landed the conversion.
Wind played havoc with both sides, but 46 minutes went by before Davies added a penalty.
In the 78th minute wing Richard Williams did well to outstrip the home defence before the Whites went for another try and possible extra time in a thrilling last two minutes.
Aberavon : Tries — J Davies, J Phillips. Con: J Davies. Pen: J Davies.
Swansea : Try: R Williams. Pen: N Thomas.
Referee : Neil Hennessy (Cardiff).