A Step Back in Time Quins v Cwmllynfell Home

(By Percy Jones)

SEASON 1984 -85

Under the captaincy of scrum-half Chris Roberts, the Quins played 18 league matches winning 8 and losing 10. Of the 11 friendly games they played they won 6 and lost 5. They beat Llanelli Wanderer’s at the park in the first round of the Welsh Cup by
27pts-12, drew with Kidwelly 18-18 in the second round but Kidwelly went through to the next round having scored the only try of the game. Dylan Richards claimed all the Quins points with 5 penalties and one dropped goal. They lost away in the first round of the West Wales Cup away to Llangennech by 12pts-6. The Quins had an early exit from the District *G’ Sevens losing in the first round to Trimsaran by 8pts-0.

The first game of the season was against a Captain Crawshay’s XV at the Park but the Quins were well beaten by 5Opts-7. They played South Wales Police in October 84 at the park and were again well beaten by 26pts — 3.

Prop Kevin Bowen reached another landmark by playing in all league and friendly matches. Top try scorer was Nigel Langdon with 8 tries.

29th December 1984

Carmarthen Quins 17 pts,   Cwmllynfell 6.
(By kind permission of the Carmarthen Journal)


The Quins were back in winning mood as they ran in three tries and completed the double over the Swansea Valley side. Poor weather failed to hamper the home team which produced much improved lineout work and had Dai Evans well in command of the set pieces. From early in the game the home backs put in some dangerous runs helped by the injection of extra pace from Mike Langdon to test the visitor’s defence to the full.


At the same time the back row of Richard Ratti, Tony Bowen and Hywel Griffiths made sure that any Cwmllynfell attacks came to nought while still pushing forward into the visitor’s half. Dylan Richards opened the scoring with a 30-yard penalty and minutes later was in at the start of a brilliant try. Opening play from his own 22, Richards found Mike Langdon who made good ground up the right to neatly chip ahead for Nigel Langdon, who outstripped the cover defence to go over. Richards then converted.

Early in the second half, Cwmllynfell took play up to the home 22 and outside half Wynford Jones found room to put over a good dropped goal. Chris Roberts was using his backs to good effect and Simon Rogers in the centre was impressive in his unaccustomed role, which soon found him making ground up the left to play a perfect dummy and send Mike Langdon tearing for the line. Several powerful bursts by the Quins pack looked ominous for the visitors who did well to hold off the attack.


So it was the home backs who were left to create the final opening when Richards made ground up the middle, collected his own chip ahead, found Rogers alongside and Mike Langdon in support and Nigel Langdon raring for another brilliant try. The third Langdon try of the match put the seal on the game. Wynford Jones again put his boot to good use for the visitors with a 30 yard penalty but they could do little else in answer to the Quins.