Sat’ 26th November 1988
Carmarthen Quins 46 pts., Pontardulais 3 pts.
(By kind permission of the Carmarthen Journal)
NINE TRIES BONANZA
Carmarthen climb to fourth place in Section A of the WWRU following their nine try demolition of Pontardulais after putting together a magnificent all-round performance. The Quins produced the type of form which they have threatened to do all season and the tally of three tries for the forwards and six for the backs illustrates the complete team effort.
Quins could not have wished for a better start when Nigel Morris cut inside to score after Nigel Langdon had switched the attack and involved Steve and Simon Beynon. Anthony Dragone converted. Minutes later, a Pontardulais attack broke down in the middle of the field and winger Colin James dribbled the ball from the half way line to score a fine solo try.
It was the turn of the Quins pack to put on the pressure and after a well-controlled set piece; Richard Rani picked up and crashed over. The hapless visitors were given no respite and had to yield to further pressure when Simon Rogers went blind from a scrum and Dragone sent Nigel Langdon over. On the half hour, Ken Lloyd put
Pontardulais on the score sheet with a penalty but the Quins quickly extended their lead when Simon Rogers picked up and dived over after more good work by the pack. Dragone’s conversion made the half time score 24-3.
The blitz continued in the second half when early on Rogers went blind to feed Langdon in full flight for the winger to cross in the corner. With the game already safe, the Quins appeared to relax and the visitors were able to resist any further scores for the next 20 minutes. However, Steve Bryant and his pack re-doubled their efforts to finish strongly. Rogers went blind from a set piece near the line and after wrong-footing the defence went over under the posts.
Quickly after Dragone’s successful conversion, Phillip Beynon picked up from a scrum to score a cheeky try. Dragone converted. A rare Pontardulais attack broke down and after the Quins backs had counter attacked 80 yards downfield, a huge Simon Rogers pass saw the ever alert Dai Evans crossed under the posts.
After Dragone added the conversion the Quins pressed hard in an effort to take the score past 50 points but over-elaboration stopped them reaching the target before the final whistle.