Carmarthen Quins RFC 30 Llanelli RFC 26
Last season’s Quins performances set a target for Louie Tonlin's charges to match. Difficult to envisage but the squad are bent on meeting the challenge
The September weather continues to please both Player and Supporter, the short sleeve conditions are bringing the best out of the Quins Players and despite the Ryder Cup, the Park is the place to be on a Saturday.
As in all their matches to date, the Quins have shown a notice of intent right from the whistle. Both sets of defence were called into action early in the game, with the Quins a shade ahead on ideas.
An 8th minute penalty from Dan Jones from 40 meters was the opening score to be registered on the new Electronic Score Board.
The Llanelli side had come to play, and it was Dan Jones who put in a try saving tackle, only to see this pressure pay off when Josh Lewis levelled the scores with a penalty.
The Quins lost a line out on their own throw in and the Llanelli backs were quick to seize this chance to create an overlap for Josh Adams to cross in the corner. Lewis added the conversion from the touch line taking the visitors into double figures.
Back came the Quins and with play forced into the Llanelli 22, the ball was worked left for, find of the season, Gavin Thomas to crash through two tackles to go in under the posts, Dan Jones kept the score board busy with the conversion.
Within minutes the Visitors were ahead when Lewis put over his second penalty to be followed soon after with his third success.
The Quins were quick to respond and only a wrong decision with an overlap begging prevented a score. From this pressure the home side were able to develop an overlap for Dylan Morgan to score in the corner. Dan Jones showed his ever improving temperament with the touch line conversion.Right on half time he put over his third penalty, giving the Quins a 7 point interval lead.
Llanelli came out with all guns blazing which brought out the best in the Quins defence and another last ditch tackle by Gavin Thomas stopped a certain try for the visitors.
Enterprising play by both sides produced many attacks and counter attacks which pleased the big crowd.
Craig Evans had joined the match and when play was taken into the Llanelli 22, he showed all his talent when he moved to his right and put over an accurate kick for Gavin Thomas to run onto and score a brilliant try in the Vicarage corner. Dan Jones capped a fine afternoon with his second touchline conversion to put the Quins 30 points to 19 ahead. This should have put the final nail in the coffin, but the promising Jordan Williams was put in possession and his dazzling run saw him cross under the posts. He added the conversion himself and set a nervous final four minutes.
This is when the Quins character comes into its own and their defence sealed up any cracks and their controlled possession saw game out, and with it the league points which keeps then in second place just one point behind the leaders Pontypridd.
The Llanelli side had clearly come for the points as several of their side have worn the Scarlet Jersey this season, but reputations mean nothing when it comes to the Park.
Next up is the away visit to Bedwas on Saturday 4th October.
Report by Alan Bowen