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The Wizards enjoy their good spell.


THOUGH Aberavon crashed to a fourth European Shield defeat, their fans had something to cheer about as the Wizards staged a gallant fightback which took Dax by surprise.

Having conceded 15 tries in a record 97-13 mid-week defeat in Montferrand, Aberavon looked down and out when trailing 41-13 in the 48th minute.

But scrum half Andrew Jacobs, playing a first game of the season following a shoulder operation, frequently ignited attacks as Aberavon staged an unlikely revival.

In the end, the Wizards paid the price for basic errors either side of half time with the French side scoring four of their six tries during this period.

Having built up a 15-3 lead through tries from lock Oliver Banos and wing Patrice Labeyrie, Aberavon launched a mini revival.

A try from Richard Morris lifted them, and a second penalty from fly half Crispin Cormack pulled Dax back to 15-13.

But with Aberavon attacking during first half injury time, Dax swept downfield and replacement wing Herve Labat claimed a crucial try.

Three tries in the space of eight minutes on the restart, made the game safe for unbeaten Dax - but Aberavon showed plenty of spirit in mounting a comeback.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 11, 1998
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