Carmarthen Quins 30 - Bridgend 28
With a complete transformation in the weather from last Saturday, the Quins made nine changes in their starting line up.
In the second minute Dan Jones narrowly missed a 30 meter penalty and the Quins opening set piece was solid and powerful, but the Ravens pack were quick to recover and made the Quins eight work long and hard for the remainder of the match and were matched in the line out for the first time this season. Dan Jones was able to control the touch line expertly often gaining 40 meters with his trusty boot. Both sets of defences were tested to the full and Morgan Griffiths looked the most dangerous back on the field. When both sides attempted to attack they were met with resolute tackling and many counter attacks were used to the appreciation of the crowd as there was plenty of action and running rugby. Several of the Quins power plays were halted and clever counter attacks saw the ball move from 22 to 22.
After 25 minutes the Quins again made ground up to the Ravens line and from a powerful surge, the referee had no option but to award the Quins a penalty try and a seven point lead. Minutes later another Quins charge up field gave them possession close to the visitors line and Steff Thomas used all his strength to crash over, Dan Jones converted.
The Ravens lineout was able to give them enough ball to cause problems and they came close several times. However from a Quins power play that took them up to the visitors 22, an attempted backs move led to a stray pass which was snapped up by Dylan Moss and he race 70 meters to touch down under the post for Cai Evans to convert right on the interval whistle.
From a scrum in their own half, Dan Jones put in another well judged touch finder up to the visitors 22 and from a penalty he slotted over another three points Minutes later he narrowly missed a 50 meter attempt. A slick passing move by the Ravens gave them the chance to hack up field and with a try on the cards up popped Dale Ford with a well timed pick up to save the day. The Quins used the possession gained from a maul for Morgan Williams to weave a path through for a well worked third try and what appeared to be a comfortable lead.
Bridgend had other ideas and Dylan Moss was put away for his second try for Evans to narrow the gap. The Quins looked as if they had taken their foot of the pedal and Owen Watkins was able to jink his way over for Cai Evans to convert and take them to within three points of the home score, This seemed to stir the Quins into something like their old form and their pack were getting the better of things which won them a penalty, up stepped Dan Jones to find target to ease things. With both sides giving their all to secure a victory the tackling was vicious and very little was given away. A well controlled forward drive by the home eight resulted in another penalty and Dan Jones increased the Quins advantage with the kick.
The visitors were throwing every at the Quins in an attempt to get back in the match and the final few minutes were hectic and exciting as well as nail biting for the Quins supporters. The Ravens were rewarded for the gutsy display when Owain Lloyd found space to cross for the Ravens forth try and a bonus point for Evans to convert. From the restart, the Quins gained a set piece and Aaron Hemmings was able to put the ball out of play and with it a well deserved victory over a plucky and brave Ravens outfit
Bridgend gained two bonus points which were fully deserved but the Quins must learn to control a comfortable lead.
The back of the match award went to Jack Price and the Forward prize went to Lewis Minchin
Next week the team travel up to North Wales hoping to repeat their previous visits result.
Next Home Match v Llandovery on Saturday 7th October KO 2:30pm