Llanelli 19 Carmarthen Quins 20
On an evening with playing conditions perfect for Rugby to be played, as most would prefer, it was once again a single point that seperated the side at the final whistle. It was the Quins first win in Llanelli since Feb 2005, and once again it was the only survivor from that game who stood out. Craig Evans scored 2 penalties and a conversion in the Quins victory by 13 - 8 that day. Last nights victory represents the Quins first win at the Parc y Scarlets.
Such is the strength of both Clubs, that Llanelli were able to make seven changes from the team that beat Neath last Sat, and the Quins made nine starting line changes from the side that demolished Bridgend on the same day.Thus proving the promise of the Scarlets Academy set up and, it's future.
The Quins took the try count by two tries to one and the accuracy of Josh Lewis, Llanelli, and Craig Evans with boot showed what assets both Clubs have.The referee had a very commendable opening half, only to mar his performance by adding 12 mins of injury time in the second.
He issued three yellow cards for the inevitable technical errors, but his interpretation of the new Scrum laws was sound and easy to follow.
The opening minutes saw both sides use the high and long kicks to test each others defence,and when a Quins attack broke down, the home side set up a counter move that gave Dan Thomas, with four men outside him, cut inside and set off for a clear run to the line only to be overhauled and tackled by Howard Thomas who saved a certain try enabling his cover defence to get back to save the day.
On the half hour,the Quins pack drove play into the home 22 and their control allowed Rhodri Wells to find Craig Evans with plenty of time to put in an inch perfect cross kick for Chris Banfield to wrong foot the Turks full back and find Will Boyde inside him to make the ten meters to score the games best try. Craig Evans added the conversion.
Mins later the Llanelli side were guilty once again of hanging on to the ball, and Craig Evans took the Quins score into double figs with the Penalty
After 36 mins the Quins were guilty of the same offence and Josh Lewis pulled three points back With The game in injury time all the Llanelli backs handled and found space out left for Duane Eager to cross for a well taken try. Lewis leveled matters with the last kick of the half.
From the restart, the Quins went on the offensive and a good break by centre Rhys Williams saw him take play up to the home line before he was stopped. His back up won the maul for Wells to move the ball left and Dylan Morgan was able to out speed the cover to score out wide. Craig Evans converted from the touch line, restoring the Quins lead.
More open play followed which pleased both sets of supporters and Josh Lewis was able to pull three points back with his second penalty.
Mins later he was on target with his third penalty to take his side to within a point of the Quins score.
Both side were able to repeat their defensive qualities as the had done in the B & I Cup some 18 days before, with just power play gaining ground from maul to maul. This is when the two yellow cards were issued in separate incidents.On 70 mins Craig Evans was on target with his second penalty from 40 meters giving his side a slight buffer to play to.This forced the Turks to play catch up rugby to the applause of the home support, but it was a penalty from Lewis that brought them back to the single point difference.
The eighty mins came and passed , Gareth Walters was given two penalty chances.
from 40 meters but failed, 85 mins came and passed, 90 mins came and passed and it was after a collapsed loose maul on the 92 nd min that he finally blew his whistle to give the Quins a well deserved win, to stay top of the Premiership.
The Coaching staff can feel proud of their charges, and the whole squad can look forward to next Saturdays encounter with Aberavon at the Park
The Wales Sevens have taken three of our players, but to be fair the players who have stepped in, have performed very well, despite their young age.