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Quins through with game to spare

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Craig Evans: Assists and conversions for number 10 (Pic. Riley Sports)

Carmarthen Quins 30

Llandovery 22

THE PARK passed a mid day inspection to entertain neighbours Llandovery for this Fosters Challenge Cup match, knowing that a win would guarantee a place in the semi-finals of the inaugural cup competition.

Their spirits were high after a well deserved Swalec Cup victory away at high flying Newport last weekend, and this with several players assisting the Scarlets Region side in the British & Irish Cup up in Bristol.

More Quins players were called into to represent the Select at Bedford on the weekend so despite this, they were still are able to put out a competitive squad, which is testament to the fine youth talent the club is producing.

These last two victories over Premier sides could mean that they have turned the corner on what has been a difficult start to their season, and with three of the squad being selected for the Wales Under 20 squad, who knows what the rest of the season will throw up.

Early Quins pressure was capitalized on when Craig Evans threw out a long pass that missed two of his players to find Iolo Evans in space to race over under the posts. Craig added the extra points.

It was Craig Evans who found a 60 yard touch finder to thwart a Drovers attack, but the Quins were unable to turn pressure into points due to their failure to hang on to the possession they had gained when in scoring positions.

On the half hour the Drovers powered up field and a missed tackle let prop Scott Jenkins through for an easy try. James Davies levelled matters with the conversion.

The Quins were able to pin the visitors in their own 22 and Craig Evans again used his missed pass ploy to find Morgan Griffiths clear to dash over, restoring the home lead. The Injury time hoodoo struck again when after 42 mins a Drovers attack saw Sam Soul go over for Davies to convert and give the visitors an interval lead.

The half time team talk had an immediate effect as the Quins went on the offensive and took play up to the Drovers line, and a slick pass to the ever improving Ifan Phillips led to him crash through two defenders to cross under the posts for Evans to convert and restore the Quins lead.

More Quins pressure went unrewarded due to them loosing the ball all to often, but when Iolo Evans, who is having a purple patch, was given the ball after 50 mins he used all his skill to weave through for the bonus point score, Craig Evans took the total to 30 points with the kick.

With victory in the bag all the Drovers could manage was to play catch up rugby, which eventually paid off in the 79th minute when Sam Soul went over in the Vicarage corner, to give his team a losing Bonus point.

This win was a credit to the reversal in luck for the Quins who had the upper hand in both set piece and lineout, with Steff Thomas, Ellis Lloyd and Jon Gardiner always in the thick of things, and scrum half Gareth George provided the good ball that his dangerous backs used well.

The next home match will be against Pontypridd and who knows what surprises this new look Quins outfit will deliver, when they come up against the league’s premier force.

Teams:

Carmarthen Quins: 1 Nathan Williams 2 Ifan Phillips 3 Ian Jones 4 Jon Gardiner 5 Haydn Pugh 6 Ellis Lloyd 7 Rhodri Clancy 8 Lee Taylor: 9 Gareth George 10 Craig Evans 11 Kieran Douglas Jones 12 John Williams 13 Iolo Evans 14 Morgan Griffiths 15 Lee Williams

Replacements: 16 Gethin Robinson 17 James Pierce 18 Steffan Thomas 19 Lewys Millin 20 Harry Clement 21 Callum Price 22 Dale Ford 23 Roy Osborn

Llandovery: 15. Sam Soul 14. Rhys Gealy 13. Rhodri Jones 12. Craig Woodall 11. Rhodri Wall 10. James Davies 9. Lee Rees: 1. Dean Howells 2. Tom Ball 3. Scott Jenkins 4. Jake Simm 5. Colin Markham 6. Shaun Miles 7. Richard Rees 8. Joe Powell

Replacements: 16. Berian Watkins 17. Jamie Hughes 18. Jake Baker 19. Ellis Richards 20. Elgan Lewis 21. Rhodri Davies 22. Rhydian Morris 23. Dan Brooks

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Foel’s Championship dream halted

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FELINFOEL’s hopes of promotion to the WRU Championship were brought to an end on Sunday (May 12) as they were beaten in the play-offs by Ystalyfera.

Ystalyfera had won the first leg 34-28 on their home soil but Felinfoel were still very much in the tie and they had the backing of an 800-strong home crowd in the reverse fixture. Fans packed in to the ground and they witnessed an epic encounter.

Felinfoel held the lead at one time but their opponents hit back to seal a 20-30 win to win overall by 64 points to 48.

Felinfoel played some attractive rugby during the first half with wingers Eray Wilson and Elliot Dawe scoring tries wide out one of which was converted by Aled Roberts. Ystalyfera scored a penalty and a converted try making the half time score 12 points to 10.

Photos by Darren Harries

The second half opened brightly for Felinfoel with Roberts kicking a penalty and Wilson scoring a further try. With the score at 20 points to 10, matters were looking favourable for the home team.

It was at this stage that the Ystalyfera forwards took complete control of the match denying Felinfoel of any possession for the final 20mins of the match. With a strong scrummage and dynamic driving maul they continued to exert pressure onto the home team.

Ystalyfera were rewarded with a further two converted tries, penalty goal and drop goal and deserved their victory 20 points to 30, and promotion to the championship.

Both teams are to be congratulated in the way in which the game was played. Both sides gave their all and provided an entertaining encounter.

Both sets of supporters gave loud vocal support to each team and were sporting throughout the match.

At the end of the match Felinfoel coach Mike King who is leaving after two years in charge was given a rousing send off by players and supporters alike.

After the game Felinfoel took to twitter saying: “After another successful season, it’s time to say thank you. Thank you to all sponsors for supporting the club throughout the season once again. Without you we would not exist. Thank you to all the supporters who have been with us through thick and thin.

“Lastly, thank you to head coach Mike King who will be leaving us. He has set the foundations of the club and has turned this club around for the better. All at Felinfoel RFC can’t thank you enough. We wish you all the best in the future.”

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Morgan marches seconds home

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DAFEN Seconds earned the bragging rights over Llanelli Seconds on Saturday (May 11) as they cruised to an eight wicket win.

Dafen won the toss but elected to field and that looked to be a good decision as they bowled their opponents out for just 118 inside 22 overs.

Aadil Mukhtar finished with excellent figures of 5-21 while Oliver Evans supported well taking four wickets for the loss of 40 runs.

Needing just thirty overs of their reply, Dafen Seconds eased to victory as Jac Morgan finished not out on 64 to see his side over the line.

Photo by Darren Harries

The win for Dafen keeps them joint top of the table with Briton Ferry Town after two games while Llanelli sit bottom of Division 3 and are still searching for their first win.

On Saturday (May 18), Dafen Seconds are at home against Dyffryn while Llanelli Seconds are away to Neath thirds.

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Jones duo sink Bronwydd

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LLANGENNECH earned their first win of the season on Saturday (May 11) as they beat Bronwydd by 14 runs in a low scoring game.

Llangennech won the toss and elected to bat but they lost Chris Hickey early on when he was caught by Jacob Jenkinson off the bowling of Colin Tucker.

Matthew Jones scored 11 before he was caught and bowled by Tucker before David Williams was caught by Tom Gleeson off the bowling of Matthew Vaughan for a score of 14.

James Taube made the same score but was then caught by Phillip Howell off the bowling of Dafydd Morgan. Morgan also bowled Martin Gregory to leave Llangennech on 83-5.

Opener Scott Lloyd’s score of 30 had come off 127 balls and he was eventually caught by Vaughan off the bowling of Callum Collins-Davies.

Richard Clement was the third Llangennech batsman to make a score of 14 before getting out as he was caught by Jenkinson off the bowling of Gleeson.

Michael Jones was then run out before Gleeson claimed his second wicket as he had Simon Clement caught by Oliver Furneaux.

Vaughan then wrapped up the innings as he had Bav Patel caught by James Cale to leave Llangennech all out on 124. Photo by Darren Harries

Bronwydd’s opening pair of James Cale and Philip Howell shared 15 runs but Howell was out for a score of 8 to the bowling of Michael Jones.

Oliver Furneaux was next to fall when he was trapped leg before by Matthew Jones on a score of 11.

Chris Hickey then gave Owain Phillips his first wicket as he caught Jacob Jenkinson and the bowler then claimed his second as he had Cale caught by David Williams on a score of 17.

That left Bronwydd on 44-4 but Iwan Davies and Dafydd Morgan shared 40 runs for the fifth wicket to keep their side in the game.

Davies hit three fours and a six in his knock of 33 but he was then trapped leg before by Michael Jones. He then also bowled Callum Collins-Davies for a duck to reduce Bronwydd to 84-6.

Matthew Jones then had Dafydd Morgan caught on a score of 8 before then trapping Tom Gleeson leg before.

Hickey then took two more catches of Matthew Vaughan and Colin Tucker to give Matthew Jones his five-wicket haul and Bronwydd were all out for 110.

Gareth John had finished not out on 18 but it wasn’t enough for victory for the visitors.

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