Quins go out of the Cup at Pontypool


Despite the home teams efforts to get the pitch playable, it was still more like a paddy field than a sporting surface.

With the Scarlets calling on several of the Quins players the side still looked a useful unit, but the conditions and an unkind whistle took its toll on this very young Quins outfit. An early home penalty was missed but they did captilased on their early pressure when M Jones slotted  a 25 meter penalty after 14 minutes.  

With handling proving difficult it took the Quins over 20  minutes to get into a scoring position to give Steffan Marshall the chance to equalise with a 35 meter penalty.

With little chance of running rugby the home side drove play deep into the Quins 22 and when the maul collapsed, the referee amazingly awarded the home side a penalty try.

Back came the Quins and they drove play up to the Pooler 22 and after the games first attempt to move the ball Steffan Marshell joined the line to crash over for a well taken try. His conversion sailed inches wide.

Another raid into the Quins 22 saw the inevitable maul collapse and yet again the whistle gave the second penalty try and with it the interval signal. The Quins had what wind advantage their was, but failed to capitalise with aimless kicking and very little play to enthuse the large crowd.

Perhaps it was because of the conditions that both sides were led into a bout of pointless kicking with the hope of cashing in on mistakes, but with very little hope of meaningful penetration it was two penalties to the home side that altered the score sheet and take Pontypool into the quarter finals.

Having had no rugby for a month certainly showed, for the Quins were unable to produce the promising style of play they have been turning in up to Christmas  But with the return of regular rugby they will get back to normal play with the visit of Aberavon next Friday night at the Park  Kick Off  7.15p.m.

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