Cardiff 35 Quins 49
In a game that produced 12 tries and a point a minute, all the press who were present agreed that this was a wonderful advert for Premier Division Rugby and by far the most entertaining match that had been reported on this season.
In ideal playing conditions, it was Cardiff who piled on the pressure in the opening minutes and only desperate defence kept them out. From a maul near the Quins line the visitors turned the ball over and started a counter attack that went the length of the field with half the team handling to see Jason Harries cross in the corner, the conversion hit the upright and stayed out. The Quins Scrum was in commanding form, giving Rhodri Wells the possession to vary his play and he was able to make a break from the base of the scrum to hand on to Jason Harries who made 40 metres and a clever inside pass to his opposite wing Lee Williams who crossed for a well constructed try. Another turn over by the Quins pack gave Aled Thomas the space to make 40 metres to score a fine individual try, which Dan Newton converted.
Inter passing by the Quins wings Jason Harries and Lee Williams made fifty metres for Williams to go over for a spectacular score. The conversion failed.The home side were rewarded for their enterprising play when Darren Ryan dived over under the posts for Jason Tovey to convert.
With the interval approaching, a quickly taken tap penalty and with the Quins on full alert, play was taken up to the Cardiff line and from the resultant maul Rhodri Wells found James Davies in space to cross near the posts. Dan Newton added the extra points to end the half.
The Quins supporters must have believed that the contest was as good as over, but the home side had other ideas and the opening ten minutes of the second half belonged to them with tries from Gareth Lucas and Richard Smith, converted by Jason Tovey gave new life to the match.
Shaken by this the Quins won a penalty and correctly opted to take a pot at Goal. Dan Newton obliged to steady the Quins approach. More pressure from the Quins took play into the Cardiff 22 and from a controlled ruck, a long pass out to the left enabled Jason Harries to catch and dive over. Dan Newton's conversion restored the Quins three score lead.The home side refused to lay down and tries from Shaun Powell and Dan Fish converted by James Thomas reduced the gap to eight points once again. With ten minutes remaining, the Quins used all their experience and kept play in the Cardiff half
Lee Williams put in a huge kick up field and was able to gather his own kick and hand onto James Davies who made the 25 metres to score a brilliant try, Newton added the conversion, and the game was won.
This win keeps the Quins in 6th Place and this win added to the Scarlets victory over the Blues really does mean that West is Best. They visit Cross Keys next Saturday for the final match of the season.
Reported by Alan Bowen.