Bridgend 11 Quins 6
This was a missed chance for the Quins to build on a second place in the Premiership on a weekend of surprise results.
Making seven changes from the Ebbw Vale match and still looking a formidable unit, it was a match of missed chances which proved their undoing.
From the kick off, the home side were caught off side and Jac Wilson slotted over a thirty yard penalty to give the Quins what looked like the perfect start.
Both sides gave an early indication of moving the ball and tested each others defence, and after a period of Ravens pressures on the 12th minute mark Jamie Murphy levelled matters with 40 yard spot kick.
The hosts found a hole in the Quins defence in their own 22, and a kick up field found the visitors cover all over the place and Johnie Phillips was able follow up and score a fine try. The kick was missed.
After 22 minutes Jac Wilson pulled three points back with his second penalty.
A series of Quins attacks looked promising only to see a fine 50 yard passing move result in the ball being dropped when the player was over the line, a mistake that was to prove costly, which was followed minutes later when Jack Price seemed to have scored only to have put a foot in touch and denied yet again. These set backs, on reflection, certainly unhinged the Quins approach and uncertainty creeped into their play
With only two points separating the sides at the interval, the Quins support were not too dejected, but a 43rd minute penalty by Murphy halted the hopes of the Quins, and they were left devoid of any attacking ideas, and the game deteriorated into a forward grind with little to enthuse either sets of supporters and the Ravens were bent on keeping the ball whenever in possession and only to glad to being in the lead and were willing to hang on to their slender one score lead.
It was not a match to remember but only shows that any team can beat any other in this division, which the WRU fail to really appreciate.
Other results in this division emphasised this intense rivalry.
Next Saturday we play host to Newport who have already booked a place in the WRU Cup final, with a 2.30pm kick-off.