JUST A LOSING BONUS POINT

Llanelli  18    Quins 12

On a wet and windy night, where it was a win at all costs for the home side, it was the inexperience of the young Quins side that led to the Llanelli outfit taking the vital league points. There was never more than a score in it for the whole match, and play was taken from end to end so both sets of supporters were kept interested throughout.

The opening quarter saw both sides use the ping pong tactic and kicks were exchanged to no real effect. One sides attacks were met with equally sound tackling by the other. Strangely the home side chose to go for the touch line rather than the points with three kickable penalties only to see the Quins defensive line out hold out, and it was midway through the half that saw the first score board action when Ioan Hughes slotted a 22 meter penalty.

After a series of attacks and counter attacks, the Quins won a line out 30 meters out and a powerful burst through two tackles gave Dylan Morgan to demonstrate once again how difficult he is so stop and he crossed near the posts, Aled Thomas converted. The Quins line out was beginning to creak and after losing their throw in near the half way, the home side took full advantage and  two quick passes saw captain Nathan Hart through to score a well taken try, Hughes missed the kick, giving the home side that single point lead and once again a dreaded Quins yellow card for Gethin Davies saw them suffer.

Both sides showed signs of quality play and made a mockery of the WRU’s opinion that the Premier does not match up to expectations, as the intensity of play was always displayed and a credit to both squads. The home side took full advantage once again of a failure to secure a Quins line out and Ioan Hughes was on hand to go over for an against the run of play score. He missed the conversion.

With just a score separating the sides, play was exciting, and chances were narrowly missed by both sides due to excellent defence. The Quins were camped on the  Llanelli line for the long periods but despite their control their lack of patience was to let them down, and several powerful surges were left unanswered. With the match near injury time the Quins power play led to then winning a ruck and quickly move the ball out right for Dale Ford to go over in the corner. Aled Thomas missed a match winning conversion by literally inches.

From the restart, the Quins pilled everything into attack and as so often happens they made a mistake at the lineout and switched off and Josh Weeds was quick to follow up and cross for a fortunate try. Hughes missed the conversion.

The Quins losing bonus point keeps them in 8th place and comparative safety and with Aberavon the next visitors to the Park next week the season has much to offer. With Kemsley Mathias, Jac Price with Wales Under Twenty squad and several players missing, the performance was encouraging for this young squad, and they are looking forward to next week’s visitors Aberavon at the Park

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 30 23 0 7 885 593 117
Cardiff 30 22 1 7 991 660 111
Pontypridd 30 22 0 8 1015 580 110
Llandovery 30 21 1 8 856 551 104
Ebbw Vale 30 20 1 9 762 594 95
Aberavon 30 18 2 10 698 603 90
Newport 30 17 2 11 759 700 88
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 30 14 1 15 852 650 85
Swansea 30 16 0 14 674 594 81
Carmarthen Quins 30 13 1 16 637 584 71
Bridgend Ravens 30 12 0 18 689 714 66
Llanelli 30 12 1 17 679 723 63
Bedwas 30 12 1 17 681 830 62
Cross Keys 30 5 1 24 586 1093 36
Bargoed 30 6 0 24 576 1003 35
Neath 30 1 0 29 406 1274 3