Quins 37 Llandovey 13
In near perfect playing conditions, the Park was the ideal setting for this B&I cup qualifier. Having last week seen off the challenge of last season’s regional representative, Llanelli, the Drovers were understandably confident.
The Quins have gone about the task of rebuilding their squad over the summer and a mixture of old and new faces have brought together a squad that has youth and experience.
The Quins won the toss and went on to 'win' the line out battle and, were always on top in both tight and loose. To run in six tries to one gave the supporters a dream start to this season.
Their intentions were clear from the whistle and every player had a part to play, and play it they did.
A sixth minute penalty miss by Llandovery and the early line out muddles were the only anxious moments that the home support had to suffer. After the settling down period had passed, slick accurate passing gave Chris Banfield the chance he always relishes, to dash over for a well taken try. Dan Jones narrowly missed the conversion.
Ian Brooks pulled three points back with a penalty, only to see Quins skipper Ian Jones power up field and he linked with his backs for Chris Banfield to cross for his second try.
Moments later a loose clearance kick was gathered by the Drovers backs who used an overlap to score through Rhodi Jones. Ian Brooks levelled the scores, and on the half hour Brooks gave the Drovers the lead with a penalty.
Despite this hic up the home support had witnessed enough to know that the Quins were still in this match, and true to form they stormed back when after the ball had passed through several pairs of hands the reliable Jason Harries used his pace to go over in the Vicarge corner. Dan Jones converted from the touch line to give the Quins an interval lead of 17 - 13.
Fitness has never been a Quins failing and again this proved to be the case. Dan Jones continued his progress when he made a telling break to take play into the visitors 22, forcing them to make a mistake and he slotted over a penalty.
Play was fast and furious with the home side looking the more dangerous and after another passing bout Sion Bennett was on the end to dash over for a try. The Drovers had no answer to the Quins approach and Iolo Evans was next to show his class and crossed for try number five. Craig Evans converted. Any Llandovery attack was quickly dealt with by a competent Quins defence and the game ended with Chris Banfield going over for his hat-trick.
The whole squad gave notice of what they were capable of and next Saturday’s visitors, Newport will be sure of a warm welcome. Their game is fast, exciting and entertaining so it is about time that the Rugby supporters in the area paid a visit to the Park to give them the encouragement that any team needs.