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Moa: Victory at Aberavon is a confidence booster

Sunday 17th September 2023

Back-row Ben Moa says that winning away at 'a top-four club' like Aberavon will help confidence grow massively.

Pontypool continued the strong start to their Premiership return with a triumph at the Talbot Athletic Ground to add to the victory over Swansea last week and the impressive performance at Newport on the opening weekend.

Matthew Jarvis was the hero as he struck four penalties, with the fourth coming a few minutes from time, to seal the victory.

The Wizards grabbed the only try of the game through Stef Andrews, which was converted by James Davies. Aled Thomas added a penalty that looked set to decide the game until Jarvis’ late kick.

There was drama at the death as the hosts were awarded two penalties in the final minutes. Thomas opted to go for the corner with the first before narrowly firing wide with the second.

“It’s going great. I have settled in well with the boys, they’ve made me feel really welcome,” explained Moa.

“It’s a special club, there is a lot of family history too so it’s great to be able to pull the jersey on and get out there.

“Aberavon are a top-four team and to come away from home and back ourselves after a great win last week, it was great for us to get the win.

“It’s grows belief in the group, the confidence goes up massively and we’ve just got to come back here next week and back it up with another win.”

The team showed their quality in defence with an impressive display that the Wizards struggled to break through.

That was the foundation that allowed Jarvis, who has kicked 34 points this season, to settle the game with a pressure kick with the clock ticking down.

"His confidence is massive,” Moa, whose father Uiniati played for Pooler in the 1990s, said of Jarvis.

“If he is 60m out he will still take the shot and if he misses it he will make sure he gets it the next time.

“We have 100% confidence in him.”


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