Carmarthen Quins
2017/2018 Principality Premiership
Quins 10 v 34 Cardiff
17 March 2018 - The Park, Carmarthen

Match Report

Quins lose unbeaten home record for the season

The Quins surrendered their unbeaten home record for this season, with a lacklustre display which can only be described as a performance of panic passing and sloppy handling in near freezing conditions, whilst mystery refereeing didn't help.

After winning the toss and giving the first use of the strong wind to the visitors, the home support must have believed the first hurdle had been crossed. Alas this was not to be the case. The opening quarter saw the Quins contain any Cardiff attacks and it was after 23 mins that they registered a penalty in front of the posts.

Three minutes later a penalty near the half way saw Gareth Thompson make full use of the strong wind to see his effort just make it with his second penalty to double the Cardiff score. The Quins set-piece was not as dominant as in previous matches and their line out was creaking, and from a line out on the half way, the Quins won the ball, but  it went  loose for Adam Jones to pick up and link with Dan Jones, who when cornered, slipped the ball back to Jones to cross for a Cardiff try. Thompson added the extras.

This was followed by an Aled Thomas penalty, but the sides changed ends with visitors ten points ahead.

A different Quins display was expected now that they had the elements in their favour but the enterprising Dan Fish was running everything and Cardiff were showing far more ideas and James Beal was able to find a gap to race through for his sides second try for Thompson to convert.

The visitors were able to win and keep the ball much better than the Quins and after a period of sustained pressure Rhod Cole was able to throw out a long pass for the unmarked Fish to score in the corner. Thompson converted from the touchline

The Quins managed to put in a spirited raid up to the visitors’ line and Aled Thomas found space to touch down and convert his well taken score.

The Quins were looking a shadow of the side from last week and could not use the wind to any advantage leaving Thompsom and easy task to pick up another loose Quins pass to race thirty yards to cross. His conversion signalled the end of a match that the home support will choose to forget and leave the coaching staff with a problem after the match inquest.

Keeping a home record into the middle of March is a feat in itself but the whole squad will have to develop a more street wise approach to future matches, as they have the talent but must have the killer instinct to go with this ability.

Next week they have a difficult away trip to Bedwas so a hard-working approach will be needed.

Official : Rhys Thomas (Wales)

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