This was the 4th time the sides have met this season and once again it was the Quins who took the honours. In the 4 matches the Quins have scored 122 points for to 60 against. Just a few seasons ago who would have thought that this statistic was remotely possible, such is the progress that the Quins have developed.
Again the Park was in tip top condition, and all expected an exciting encounter, and indeed this is what was delivered. Referee Andrew Davies, in his first Premier League match, entered into the spirit of things and performed with credit, such is the quality of the up and coming young officials with the whistle.
On winning the toss the all Whites gave the Quins the use of the easterly wind, and the games first mishandling in the opening minute, by the home full back gave the alert Jamie Thomas his chance to pick up and cross for a gift try for the visitors. The kick sailed wide.
This prompted a powerful performance from the Quins forwards and play was taken to near the Whites line. From this pressure James Dixon missed a penalty opportunity and see another chance minutes later, hit the upright and bounce back into play.
Darren Daniel was able to gather in his own half and a pin point kick up field took play deep into the Vicarage corner. A misdirected throw in gave the Whites a chance to clear and another chance lost. More powerful play from the Quins eight took play into the Swansea 22 and a change of kicker gave Chris Banfield the penalty to claw three points back. On the half hour Chris Banfield put the Quins in front with his second penalty.
The remaining ten minutes saw both sides guilty of sloppy play, perhaps it was down to the very cold conditions.
A single point advantage was not what the Quins needed, but their pack were getting on top and the four points on offer were there to take. A repeat of the opening half presented itself and Cameron Clement regained the lead for the Whites with a 3rd min Penalty. Quins club Captain Ian Jones joined the game and the home scrum was in charge again. An attemepted clearance kick by Swansea was charged down and from a resulting penalty - Chris Banfield completed his hat trick of penalties to restore the Quins lead.
From the restart the Quins were quick to counter but they missed a penalty awarded to them. This miss was repeated minutes later and the home support were left wondering if a result was going to pass them by. Again it was the Quins pack who rose their game and play was taken deep into the Swansea 22 and quick interpasssing gave Rheon James the chance he relishes, and his strength did the rest - Banfield added the conversion, giving the Quins a two score buffer.
With time running out the Swansea forwards were guilty of some indiscipline and two of their players were red carded for kicking and punching which meant an early bath was their fate.
The game ended with the Quins encamped on the Swansea line and a victory assured they stay in 6th place with the 7th placed team 10 points behind.
Captain for the day Haydn Pugh and Gavin Evans were once again masters of the line out, the teams outstanding defence and organisation, with Andrew Thomas making his customary charges won the day to take their winning run to seven matches.
Next up is an away trip to Aberavon next Saturday, always a difficult place to play.
The Cup quarter final match is away to Backwood later in March.
Reported by Alan Bowen