Bridgend Ravens RFC 19 Carmarthen Quins RFC 32
The Quins continue their scintillating form with a 5 try to 1 victory at the Brewery Field. This was their 4th consecutive win at Bridgend taking the Quins record against Bridgend to 10 wins after 13 Premier meetings. This added to the Semi Final Swalec cup victory over Pontypridd by 41-12 makes the Brewery Field a lucky place for the Quins.
Once again the playing conditions were near perfect, giving the sides the chance to play the open game that both Clubs are noted for.
Making 4 changes from their last encounter made little difference, as the whole squad are suited to playing the fast stylish and entertaining game that appeals to their supporters.
After early pressure by the Quins Haydn Pugh once again displayed his all round ability when he picked up and made ground to hand on to Dylan Morgan for him to put Dan Jones over for the opening try. He added the points himself.
Two penalties from Ross Jones pulled his side back to 7-6 after 10 minutes.
A fine kick to touch from a penalty took the Quins up to the home 5 meter line. Winning the line out, the Home side were fooled into thinking the ball was going to be moved to the open, only to see a clever change and two passes ending with Dylan Morgan crossing unopposed in the corner.
It was strange to note that the Ravens only came into the Quins half four times in the opening half and were awarded four penalties for Ross Jones to be on target.
The Quins however were not to be outdone and a fine break by Ellis Lloyd made a full 60 meters taking play up to the home line. Desperate defence kept the Quins out but by doing so Bridgend conceded a penalty and Dan Jones gave the Quins an interval lead of 15-12.
Early in the second half the Ravens scrum half was sin binned and the Quins took full advantage of this when both forwards and backs produced some quality handling for Haydn Pugh to cross wide out. More of the same resulted in Dion Jones crossing in the other corner, to give the Quins a three score lead and a deserved bonus point for the second week running.
The home side were urged on by their support and Ashley James was able to crash over for Ross Jones to convert.
With eight points separating the sides this is when the Quins resolve took over and more good handling ended with ball in Dylan Morgans hands and his skill and pace did the rest for him to cross for his second try.
Next Saturday the visitors to the Park are Llanelli when another fine contest is expected.
The Quins are developing their Young squad into playing entertaining rugby and are a credit to the Region and the Premier Division.
Report by Alan Bowen