Quins 7 Bedwas 24
The Quins made 9 changes from the Pontypridd line up with the return of players from the Scarlets visit to Northampton, but with Haydn Pugh, Shaun Jones, Gethin Robinson and Ben Thompson missing, their bulk was sorely missed and for the first time this season, the pack were not able to assert their authority in the tight. Two bonus point defeats in two matches shows that in getting into the top eight place after the split has taken its toll.
An early Quins penalty miss was answered when the visitors kicked up field and from what should have been an easy clearance, was charged down to give Matthew John a gift score. The conversion was missed.
Good line work from Josh Helps and Lee Taylor enabled the Quins to make ground into the Bedwas 22 and after a period of pressure the ball was quickly moved out to Morgan Griffiths and his strength did the rest. Craig Evans converted from the touch line.
Shortly after a Bedwas attack was broken up and Morgan Griffiths was on hand to break clear and make 60 metres and only desperate defence prevented a score.
From this pressure the visitors were able to break away and their charge up field was followed up for Geraint Edmunds to dive over for a try. Richard Powell added the points. The Quins defence held firm to take the visitors into a 12 - 7 interval lead.
The second half was littered with sluggish play, which might have been down to the very cold conditions and excitement was rare. Mid way through the half Robson Blake was on the end of a Bedwas attack to score his side third try for Powell to convert.
With all the Quins substitutes on there was no real promise in their efforts and with time running out Matthew John was able to breech the Quins defence to go over for the important bonus point score and with it the victory points.
It is hoped the Quins will shrug off this lethargic display and return to their usual style next week in their visit to Narberth for a Welsh National Cup encounter.
Report by Alan Bowen