In this the 18th Premier meeting of the Clubs, the Quins emerged victors for the 14th time. In ideal playing conditions, the Brewery Field offered the open game that all spectators need, and this match certainly measured up to every bodies hopes, and was a credit to the Premier Division.
After subduing the early Ravens onslaught, Aled Thomas stopped them in their tracks with a 5th minute penalty from fully 40 yards. Both sets of backs were given chances in the opening ten minutes before Ryan Evans levelled matters with a 25 yard penalty.
The Quins were first to settle at both Scrum and line out, and after 14 minutes a dangerous Quins attack saw their backs handle and get the ball to Gavin Thomas, who rounded the cover defence to score a well taken try . Aled Thomas took the Quins into double figures with the conversion. From the re-start, Richard Bloomfield gathered and his powerful break took play into the home 22, and only desperate defending kept them out.
Back came the Ravens and their centre Joe Gatt cleverly evaded tackles to take him over near the posts. Ryan Evans again levelled the scores with the conversion. Once again from the re-start the Quins were quick to recover and their powerfull surge took them up to the Ravens line and the alert Lawrence Reynolds was on hand to crash over for an unconverted try. More enterprising play from both sides kept the crown on their toes on this cold evening and on the half hour Ryan Evans pulled three points back with a 25 yard penalty.
The Quins were looking the sharper in broken play and from a lineout near the Ravens 22, the quick thinking of Aled James saw him pick up and completely mesmerise the home cover to race 25 yards to score a fine individual try for Aled Thomas to add the conversion. The Quins, for the first time, messed up their own line out in their own 22 and saw their clearance kick charged down by Harri Morgan who followed up to touch down.for Evans to convert and bring the Ravens to within two points of the Quins total.
A Quins yellow card gave the home side the numerical advantage but the Quins held out for the remaining few minutes to the interval.
This advantage gave the home side another penalty and Ryan Evans put the Ravens ahead for the first time with a penalty. Again the Quins quickly recovered and from the re-start they gained possession from a ruck, and their 'rolling maul' play saw them gain over thirty yards to take play over the home line and Torrin Myhill was credited with the score that completely amazed the home support ,Thomas converted.to regain the Quins lead. The crowd were kept happy with plenty of open play Ryan Evans pulled another three points back with his 4th penalty . On the hour mark the Quins slick handling by all of their back put Gavin Thomas clear for his second try but the missed conversion still gave the Quins a vital 2 score buffer.
The home side had no option but to attack from every where only to see the Quins well marshalled defence deal confidently with all asked of them. The Quins control of the tight and line out gave the Ravens little headway to break the solid play of the Quins and were forced to try two long range penalty attempts to save a bonus point. Once again the often brilliant play of Richard Bloomfield, Lawrence Reynolds and Elis Lloyd, the Quins back row, held all the aces.
The Quins made far fewer errors and this will always win the day. The slick and competent handling by the Quins continues, and they stay in second place in the League, and now look forward to the visit of top of the table RGC1404 next Friday
at the Park with a 7.15 kick off.
The type of play now dished up by the Quins deserves much more support from the Town rugby followers so turn up next Friday
and see for your selves.