Swansea 21 Quins 43
Once again the Quins made six changes from the Aberavon match and the Coaches can feel satisfied that the players given game time are up to the task. This bonus point score before the interval and the seven try bonanza was helped by Jack Price's Five tries.
Despite the niggling injury list the squad can still turn on a performance that does the Town proud. St Helens was its usual immaculate self which signalled an expansive game
to which both sides contributed to the full. Playing conditions were ideal and the Quins set about their task as early as the 4th minute when after controlled possession the ball was moved from the left through four pairs of hands to put Jack Price away to cross in the corner.Alad Thomas converted.
The All Whites were finding it difficult to contain the Quins play in this mood an all of their players had the chance to handle from the start. Pressure play took the game into the home 22 and from a disrupted home lineout and the alert Lawrence Reynolds was able to pounce and score a well taken try. Aled Thomas added the points.
The home side could not handle the pace and guile of Quins attacks and after another powerful raid Jack Price was put away for his 3rd try after a strong run by centre Nick Reynolds, which was unconverted. The bulkier home eight just about managed to hold the Quins set piece but failed to secure good control from nearly all the home line outs, giving them little chance to gain ground.
The possession they had was always moved from left to right but failed to penetrate a well organised Quins defence. With the game nearing the interval Ifan Beynon-Thomas made a devastating break from his own 22 and took play deep into the home 22 before being stopped, but the whistle prevented another score but the 24 -0 Half Time score line was fully deserved.
Aled Thomas showed his class when he made a break out of defence and after several of his team mates had handled, Gavin Thomas was able to race clear to touch down with Aled Thomas adding the conversion. A yellow card for the Quins gave the home side the chance to take advantage and from a scrum near the Quins line they were awarded a penalty try. Being a man down yet again gave the home side a set piece advantage and they were awarded their second penalty try to give their score line some respectability.
More attacking rugby from both sides entertained the crowd but with the Quins back to 15, Swansea were once again under the cosh and had to defend desperately and they were unable to handle the flair of the brilliant Jack Price who soon crossed for his 4th try which was converted by Aled Thomas. The Quins backs were handling in true Barbarian style and play was kept in home half. The All Whites still had a sting in their tail and their centre broke a tackle to speed over for a consolation score which was converted by Phil Jones.
With the game nearing its end more good work by Josh Batcup and Nick Reynolds gave Jack Price the opening for him to cross for his 5th try which went unconverted.
This fine win tales the Quins up to second place and with a home game against R G C in two weeks who knows.
Next weeks game is away at the Brewery Field against Bridgend on Friday 24th Nov with a 7.15.p.m. K.O