Carmarthen Quins
2012/2013 British & Irish Cup
Quins 17 v 12 Pirates
19 January 2013 - The Park, Carmarthen
Cornish Pirates

Match Report

Great Win over Cornish Pirates

On a day when very many matches were called off due to the weather, the Park was once again up to its usual high standard.

The Pirates arrived with an unbeaten B & I cup record, but Coach Steve Williams and his team had prepared well and were up for revenge after being narrowly beaten in Cornwall.

They were forced to try out a new Centre partnership when Alex Pickersgill and Rheon James had to pull out with injuries, but Jason Harries and Dylan Morgan more than filled the breach.

The Park was in good condition and it enabled both sides to move the ball and entertain both sets of supporters. The Pirates were first to settle and from a break near the half way, they made ground and three passes later Ben Mercer went over under the posts for Keiran Hallett to convert.

This set back had the home crown worried but the Quins were soon able to pull themselves together and the Scrum and Line out were able to win and keep the ball, denying the visitors the time and space then needed.

After 12 mins James Dixon, who was having his best opening half since he joined the Squad, put over a 30m penalty. More control from the home outfit, led to a second penalty from Dixon after 19 mins.

A kick out of defence was charged down by Ellis Lloyd and it was only the Quins over eagerness that prevented a try.

Rob Evans and Ian Jones were causing all kinds of problems for the Pirates with storming runs and play was confined to the visitors half and with the last kick of the half James Dixon gave the Quins an interval lead.

The half time talk had its desired effect and after 2 mins Jack Maynard made a telling break from his own 22, and as he reached the half way he was able to but in an inch perfect kick ahead for Jason Harries to latch on to and his kick on saw him use his pace to touch down in the Gas works corner The conversion fell just short.

As in their previous encounter a Quins yellow card gave the visitors the chance they needed and the Pirates were always looking for space and after five mins of pressure were able to cross for a try. The conversion failed leaving the gap on two points and an interesting final quarter.

Haydn Pugh and Carwyn Jones were controlling the line out and the home pack were now in charge, stopping any real threat from the Cornishmen. With this control the Quins were able to win another penalty for Jack Maynard to convert and the game was won.

This win takes the Quins up to second spot in Pool 3 and but for that injury time penalty in Dundee they could have been up for a quarter final spot.

This win proves that the Quins are up to this cross border competition and will be more prepared next season.

A top six place is on the cards for this season, especially now that Andrew Thomas is back in training.

Next Sat the Team travels to Narberth for a SWALEC Cup match, so rally and get down there!!!

Attendance: 316

Official : Johann Van Der Merwe (Scotland)

Quins Pirates