Newport 74 Carmarthen Quins 33
In this high scoring encounter, it was the home side that enjoyed the greater amount of good fortune and run of the ball.
The Quins supporters can only believe that next Saturdays Cup Semi Final was on the players’ minds, as this was nothing like their normal safe and steady performance. The opening nine minutes saw Newport run in three tries, all down the right wing. Quick slick passing saw Brendon Lampitt, Domenic Franchi amd Owen Broad evade loose tackling to score.Geraint O'Driscoll converted two. Indiscipline led to O'Driscoll slotting over two penalties giving Newport a 26 point lead.
Many a side would have thrown the towel in, but after 20 minutes the Quins won a line out and from their control, Connor Lloyd picked up and a change of pace gave him the chance to make the 20 meters to score a fine try. Unfortunately the conversion failed.
After 28 minutes Newport won a line out 10m out and their rolling maul gave Darren Walters the opportunity to dive over. O'driscoll added the points from the touch line. Two minutes later Elliot Frewe’s pace resulted in him crossing for a try. The remaining ten minutes was the Quins best period and Carwyn Jones and Dan Newton were able to find gaps to score.
Newton added both conversions to give the interval score some respectability.
More of the same from the home side in the opening minutes of the second half gave Alan Awcock, Dom Franchi and Owen Broad the chance to score for O'Driscoll. Dan Newton converted the try for a bonus point.
Frewin crossed for his second try converted by O'Driscoll. The ‘never say die’ attitude of the Quins allowed Rory Gallegher to power over for the Quins fifth try and Newton added the points.
The game ended after Alan Awcock crossed for the final try.
The Quins move on to the SWALEC Cup Semi Final next Saturday. They have all their players up for selection for the match against Pontypridd
A supporters’ bus has been laid on for free - Details in their Club
Information provided by Alan Bowen