Quins 26 Llandovery 12
For this eagerly awaited clash, the Quins made 6 changes from their visit North last week. This young squad is improving as the season goes on, and the Drovers usual free running game was met and mastered with ferocious tackling typical of local derby and the Quins fully deserved their fourth win.
As early as the first minute after the games opening set piece the Quins eight set pattern for the afternoon and from this early pressure they were awarded a penalty for Dan Jones to register his first score. The visitors were keen to play their fast open game and after 8 minutes and from deep in their own half Rhodri Jones chipped over the Quins rush defence and play was taken up to the Quins line and from resulting maul, Duane Eager burrowed over for a try only to see the conversion sail wide.
From the re-start the Drovers again moved the ball through several pairs of hands for Shaun Miles to go over near the post for Kristin Jones to convert, which left the home support bemused and wondering over this early reverse. They were soon able to change their outlook as Dan Jones pulled three points back with his second penalty. Any Llandovery threat was met with the powerful tackling and they were kept at bay for long periods as the home line out and scrum were on top.
From broken play the ball was moved left and Morgan Griffiths was able to display his strength to break through three defenders to go over for a brilliant try. Dan Jones gave the Quins the lead with the conversion after 30 minutes. More Quins pressure led to Dan Jones slotting over his 3rd penalty to give the Quins and interval lead of 16 points to 12.
The second half saw the Quins begin strongly and play was kept in the Drovers 22 and the visitors defence was put to the test and only desperate tackling kept the Quins out. The line out control by Haydn Pugh, Rhys Minchin and Shaun Jones denied the Drovers the possession their type of game needed and Dan Jones put over his 3rd penalty, and the Drovers were forced into a 'catch up' style of game, but they came up against a Quins back row of Lee Taylor, Shaun Jones and Lewys Millin who knocked them back at every attempt.
A serious looking head injury to a Llandovery forward, Dean Howells meant a ten minute delay. Dan Jones was on hand to put over his 4th penalty after 84 minutes. The Quins were camped near the drovers line in a fumbled throw in gave the ever alert Torrin Myhill the chance to pounceon the ball to score a try. Dan Jones converted with the last kick of the match and with it the deserved 4 league points. The young Quins front row of Steff Thomas, Torrin Myhill and Steffan Phillips stood up to the task and will improve even further as the season unfolds.
There is a two week gap in the fixture list due to the B&I Cup so the next game will be against Llanelli at the Park on the 28th October Kick Off 2:30pm.