Match report - Llanelli 14 Carmarthen Quins 30

11/02/2018

The match survived an inspection an hour before kick-off and it  proved the right decision as the pitch stood up to the test.

The Quins made 11 changes from the Aberavon match and still came away with a bonus point victory. Having lost to the hosts in September they deserved this revenge win at the Parc y Scarlets.  Despite the slippery conditions both sides made early attempts to move the ball but due to these conditions mistakes were many and it was left to the boot of Steffan Marshall to score the opening points after 10 minutes.

From the restart the Quins made the mistake of letting the ball bounce which went into the hands of Elliot Rees who made 30 meters to cross for a fine individual score. The conversion failed.

From the Quins re-start the home side lost the ball and the visitors almost crossed only to be denied and a swift counter attack saw play driven into the Quins 22 and Dylan Morgans won the race to  minor the ball. Having just lost the race to score Ioan Hughes slotted over a 25 meter penalty.

Mid way through the half the Quins pressure took play near the home line and Lawrence Reynolds was just held  when a score seemed certain. This pressure was rewarded when Scott Lloyd went over in the corner only to see the conversion missed but the scores were now level.

On the half hour more Quins forward power resulted in Rhodri Clancy being credited with the touch down and retake the lead. Two minutes later Hughes clawed three points back with a penalty under the posts.

The Quins  forward strength was evident from the start but a series of penalties for  scrumaging offences left the Quins supporters bewildered . The sides changed ends with the visitors narrowly ahead.

Early in the second period Hughes regained the lead for the home side with a 30 meter penalty. The Quins pack were now on top  with Lee Taylor and Haydn Pugh putting in some sterling work at the line out. The lead changed hands once again when Steff Marshall was on target with his third penalty.

The home side were reduced to playing catch up rugby, but were more than covered by the Quins defence and this gave Jack Price the opportunity to use his skill and power to score the third try which was converted by Steff Marshall.

This buffer seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Llanelli side and near the end Aled Thomas entered the line an put in an inch perfect kick through for Nick Reynolds  to follow up and touch down for the bonus point score. Aled Thomas added the conversion.

By now the Quins had used all their subs and the final whistle signalled a well deserved victory which puts them in second spot in the Premier.

 

The Quins Squad despite some forced changes are settling down into a formidable unit with all of their youngsters giving that vital game time and this experience will  become evident as the season progresses. Next week the side travels for the second time this season up to North Wales and will certainly give a good account of themselves. 

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