Cardiff 7 Quins 22
Saturday was a strange day for the Quins..
Unbeaten in six League matches, A Saturday evening Kick Off planned for 6.30.p.m., the Team Coach being delayed because of an accident on the M4 near Pyle taking the KO to 7.15.A Fire works display in near by Bute Park, giving the opening half a World War ONE atmosphere, Severe weather conditions through out the game. The Artificial Pitch, losing the toss, and to make matters worse the Match programme showed the SWANSEA team instead of ours.
But despite all these things, the squad met them head on and completed their seventh victory on the trot to stay top of the Premier League. It was the Quins 4th consecutive win over the City Slickers
Playing with the elements, the Quins went on the offensive from the whistle only to see Craig Evans narrowly miss with a 55 meter penalty after 6 mins.
Keeping the ball in the home half, Craig Evans made amends with a 10th min penalty from 40 meters . With most of the play in the Cardiff half, the home defence was kept at full stretch and James Davies and Ellis LLoyd's all action play, meant the home side had little chance to make attacking yards. The Quins were unable to make this pressure add to their score, Craig Evans missed his second penalty but the Quins support sensed a score and a min later Rhys Williams made a neat break and after drawing the Cardiff full back, his well timed pass found Chris Banfield at his shoulder to cross in the corner.The conversion sailed wide. The Quins kept play in the home half up to the interval, leaving the Quins supporters wondering if 8 points would be enough. The Interval talk certainly had a marked effect on the Quins play. Win The ball and keep it, deny the home side any good possession and there was hope. As the half progressed , 'hope' went out of the players minds and they controlled the game with clever and telling play by Craig Evans.After 50 mind Craig Evans charged at his opposite number and tossed him aside and found Rhys Williams inside him to take and make the 20 meters to cross under the posts. Evans added the conversion and gave the team something to defend . Six minutes later, good Quins control, made ground up the middle , and with the Cardiff defence well spread out Jason Harries powered through several tackles to score under the posts. Evans converted to put a bonus point in mind.
The noise of the opening half fire works was cancelled out by the silence of the home support, their sixth win on the trot was gone. They were unable to trouble the Quins defence until the final minute when a Quins player was yellow carded and the home eight were able to muster a charge for Luke Hamilton to score and former Quins player Jack Maynard converted.
This Quins seventh League win keeps them on top and has sent out a warning to all other Clubs that the type of play enjoyed by this squad is something to be reckoned with.
The team are without a game next Saturday and travel to Newport on Saturday 23rd November.
The teams performances are attracting attention and more support is still needed, they are worth watching
Report by Alan Bowen