Quins 8 Pontypridd 25
After three months, the Quins colours have been lowered. Wrong options, suspect tackling and handling errors and the curse of an unbeaten tag all contributed to this result. In front of the highest attendance for some time and in ideal weather conditions, the occasion got to the Quins. Each side tried to open play up, but both defences were up to the task. After 18 minutes Craig Evans missed an easy penalty by his standards and this set the seal for an off day for the Quins.
The pressure displayed by the Ponty pack was cancelled out by long relieving touch kicks by Craig Evans who had his bearing smack on despite the nine week lay off at the Park
It was Craig Locke who made the break through with a touch line charge for the visitors and his well timed pass found James Howe in support to go over in the Vicarage corner. Evans took the Ponty score into double figures with the conversion.
With the match in first half injury time, Evans increased the visitors lead to 13 - 3 with his second penalty
The Quins made a promising start to the second period but passing errors let them down and it was Ponty who added to their score when after a powerful forward surge right up to the Quins Line, Jared Evans was given the space to go over for a try he also converted.
It was left to the Ponty Skipper, Chris Diomidis to steal the headlines with a fantastic break and his 50 meter dash took play up to the Quins line and again the alert James Howe was on hand to crash over.
To the Quins credit the remaining 10 minutes belonged to them and centre Rhys Williams was rewarded with a neat break and a 20 meter run to the line. The Quins denied the visitors a bonus point and remain in second place.
Loosing to the Cup and League winners is not the end of the season for the Quins, as they go from playing the top side in the League to hosting the basement side Neath next Saturday at the Park
We know that Louie Tonkin and his staff will get the squad back on track for this visit and we look forward to a return of the entertaining play seen in earlier games