St Helens has never been a happy hunting ground for the Quins but this latest visit really put the bogey to bed. The score line looks impressive but it was the performance that really pleased the Quins supporters.
In fielding one of their youngest squads ever, the players responded with a Barbarian style display, running in six tries and a repeat score of the previous week’s Cup encounter.
With the match just 2 min. in, Lee Williams intercepted in his own 22 and made ground up field and found Alex Pickersgill with an inside pass for him to score. Jack Maynard added the conversion. The scene was set and the Quins backs matched the glorious playing conditions, moving the ball at all times. After 10 min. Maynard was on target with a 40m. penalty. Little mistakes prevented the Quins from adding to their score, but kept the crowd on their toes with plenty of enterprising play. It was midway through the half before a break by Luke Joseph led him to make 40m. before handing on to Jason Harries to cross for his first try. Jack Maynard again added the extras.
The Quin’s defense was again awesome and allowed Swansea little room to make any headway. Then a Swansea kick deep into the Quins 22 saw Darren Daniel gather and set off on a run that took him into the home half. More inter passing by forwards and backs resulted in Daniel taking the final pass to score a classic try under the posts. Maynard slotted the conversion.
With the half coming to an end the ever improving, Jack Maynard, put in a pin point cross field kick for Lee Williams to out jump the cover defense and gather to make the 20m. to score a brilliant try, and with it the four try bonus point.
After the interval the visitors began brightly again leading to an early score. This time it was Jason Harries finishing off a passing bout, which went through several pairs of hands, with another converted try.
In fairness to the home side the next ten min. was their best period and they scored three tries through Rob Dudley-Jones, James McKenna and James Bija with Nick Thomas successful with one conversion. A series of Quins substitutions could have contributed to this lapse but then the final quarter belonged to the visitors. The Quins were able to keep the ball away from the home side, and look ever dangerous. More inter passing between forwards and back gave Jason Harries the space to go over for his third try and the match ended with the Quins deep in the home half.
This 41 – 17 win takes the Quins into the top half of the Premier and they will look forward to the visit of Cross Keys next Saturday.
A presentation to the Barbarians in the team Haydn Pugh and Andrew Thomas will be made and so too an award for Alan Mason for his career contribution to Carmarthen Quins.
Reporter ~ Alan Bowen