Carmarthen Quins 16 Swansea 3
In playing conditions that can only be described as the worse in living memory, the strong winds and driving rain, the match was never going to be a spectacle, and full credit must be given to the players and officials who braved the elements.
Swansea won the toss and elected to play into these conditions, making it a case of how many points could the Quins muster in the opening 40 mins.
Swansea had the first chance with a second minute penalty, only to see the wind take the ball well away from the target. The Quins scrum was slow to get started and with passing almost out of the question, the tactics were to win the ball and keep it. After 7 mins Craig Evans put the Quins ahead with a 40 metre penalty.
Such was the strength of the wind, a kick out of defence from their own 22, the Quins lost 70 meters when the ball ran over the dead ball line. This tactic was to be repeated several times during the game for both sides.
After 23 mins Rhodri Wells had possession near the half way line and his accurate low driving kick gave Ellis Phillips the chance to show his blistering pace to win the chase for a well taken try in the Gas Works corner. Craig Evans converted from the touch line.
On the half hour Craig Evans was again on target with his second penalty. with the interval looming the Quins were awarded a penalty on their own 10 metre line. The coaching staff were on their feet and screamed for Evans to take the kick. Up stepped a confident Evans and his kick sailed over from fully 60 mtrs to give the Quins a 16 point interval lead. Would this gap be enough.
The second half was going to test the resolve of the Quins and once again their well organised defence and their ability to win and hang on to the ball came through, no missed tackles and clever kicking gave Swansea very little chance to use the elements, which got worse as the match went on. J Hamer was able to kick one penalty but this was their only chance. Needless to say the second half was a dreary affair, and the Quins came away with the points. This win takes the Quins back to the top of the Premier Division and their seventh consecutive victory over the All Whites.
All this without the use of seven players away on duty for Wales. Four with Sevens and three with the Wales Under 20 squad.It is hoped that these players will soon return to the team and all look forward to the Welsh Cup match with Bridgend Athletic next Sat at the Park K-O 2.30Craig Evans took his seasons total to 116 making a average of 9 points per match. A valuable asset to have.
Report by Alan Bowen