Carmarthen Quins 22 Llanellli 21
The Quins players left the disappointment of the Aberavon second half performance behind them and completed a well deserved League win on Friday.
They made fewer mistakes, and their pack was always able to get the better of the tight and open play. The Quins missed a first minute penalty only to see the visitors take the lead through the promising Owen Williams in the second minute.
Dan Newton put in an early defensive kick which he followed up throughout the game with a 30-40 metre gain. He equalised with a 12th minute penalty. The Quins chipped over the Llanelli defence but wing Kyle Evans was able to gather and start a counter attack which took him past several tacklers and his pace took him up and past the Quins full back to score a fine individual try for Williams to take the visitors into double figures. He increased his sides lead with his second penalty after 17 minutes and gave the home support some doubt about gaining a success. The forwards were having no thoughts about a result and took on the Llanelli no.8 with relish and Richard Wilkes showed all he had recovered from the injury scare at Aberavon with some storming runs. Such was the confidence of the Quins that they elected to kick to touch when a kick at goal would have gifted the three points. The possession they were getting from the line out and scrum kept play in the visitors half and this pressure gave Dan Newton a chance to pull three points back right on half time.
The second ha lfstart saw the Quins pile on the early pressure and after 5 minutes Dan Newton pulled another three points back, to give the home support some encouragement.
With most of the play in the visitors half the Quins pack with Rich Kelly, Ellis Lloyd and Ian Jones always making ground and causing trouble, it was a desperate defence that was keeping them out. Midway through the half, the Quins eight drove play up to the visitors 22 and the ever alert Ellis Lloyd broke away and drew the full back to find Jason Harries in support to race over under the post. Dan Newton added the conversion and the Quins took the lead.
Such was the confidence of the Quins Line out that three times they threw long when in the own 22 and ran out of defence. More good work by the Quins resulted in Dan Newton increasing the lead with his 4th Penalty. Owen Williams was showing his pedigree with his third penalty. With only three points separating the sides a Quins loose kick ahead was charged down by Johnny Lewis who gathered and made 50 meters to score a fine try. Williams strangely missed the conversion, and the Llanelli lead was only two points.
The Quins piled on the pressure and were rewarded with penalty for indiscipline and this gave sub Jack Maynard the chance he was waiting for and despite the pressure he was under he was on target with a 35 metre effort.
The remaining 5 minutes saw the Quins win and keep the ball up to the whistle and with it the League points.
The Forward of the Match was Ellis Lloyd and the Back was Jason Harries.
Reported by Alan Bowen