Having lost their opening match last term the Quins were determined to start this season on a better note, and they certainly did at St Helens. Their pre season preparations were soon evident and they dented the hopes of the All Whites carrying on with their promotion winning form of last season.
Despite the pouring rain St Helens, as always, was in prime condition and suited both sides attacking plans.
The early set pieces clearly indicated that the Quins eight were up for it despite the home side’s weight advantage, and they dominated for most of the match.
From a Quins surge up-field the ball was moved left for the ever alert Lee Williams to wrong foot his opposite number to score a well taken try. The conversion sailed wide.
Two minutes later Josh Martin pulled three points back with a 25metre penalty. Despite the tricky conditions both sides were intent on moving the ball so the defences were tested to the full.
After 23 minutes pressure from the Quins gave Gavin Thomas the chance to make ground and was subsequently awarded with a penalty, which Aled Thomas capitalised on with an accurate kick.
The Quins pack were getting the better of things in both the tight and loose, giving the home side little chance of threatening the visitors.
On the half hour the Quins took their score into double figures with a second Aled Thomas penalty. With the half drawing to a close Josh Martin pulled three points back with his second penalty making the interval score 11 points to 6 to the Quins.
From the restart the Quins were quick to smother the Swansea attempt to clear and were awarded a penalty, giving Aled Thomas the chance to secure his third penalty.
Despite the Quins dominance Swansea were able to pull another three points back with Josh Martins third penalty.
More Quins pressure took play up to the Home line and from a controlled line-out they crossed the whitewash only to be brought back for an alleged 'crossing' offence.
As the game progressed Aled Thomas was able to use the packs dominance to nurse the touch line and play was kept deep in the home 22. From this pressure the Quins gained a scrum near the Swansea line and after a series of 'put ins ' the home eight were under extreme pressure.After a fifth attempt at a scrum the home eight disintegrated and the referee had no option other than award a penalty try which Aled Thomas converted .
Play was taken up to the Quins 22 and from a Swansea line-out Phil John was able to sneak over for a try in the corner which kept the home side to within a score of the Quins total. The remaining ten minutes saw the Quins controlling the game and they were determined not to fall foul of the late lapse in concentration that has occasionally cost them league points in the past.
t would be wrong to single out any individual as the whole squad performed up to the Coaches expectations. In difficult conditions the Quins performance was encouraging for the games ahead, and the whole squad are looking forward to next Saturday when Llanelli will be the visitors to the Park.
Report by Alan Bowen