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Quins run riot at Arms Park




Principality Premiership

Cardiff 16

Carmarthen Quins 42

Tempers flare: In the Quins and Cardiff packs

Tempers flare: In the Quins and Cardiff packs

CARMARTHEN Quins produced their best performance of the season to rout their capital city hosts and the 5-try drubbing gave the Quins a bonus point victory to leapfrog Bridgend in the league.

At the start of every season, player’s coaches and supporters, hope for a team performance to remember. This was such a performance.

The Arms Park was draped in sunshine and the Quins were bent on repeating Tuesday night’s victory at Newport.

The opening minutes were fast and furious, with both sides showing their attacking flare. The Quins scrum and lineout were solid throughout and this was the basis of their performance.

It took until midway through the opening half for the scoreboard to come into play with a James Whitingham 20 metre penalty for Cardiff.

This seemed to spur the Quins into a scoring mode, when Iolo Evans found a gap, and slick inter passing gave Kieran Hardy the chance to touch down for a well worked try that Steve Shingler converted. More Quins pressure gave wing Kieran Jones the chance to make 30 metres and cut inside to the supporting Gavin Thomas who chipped on and won the race to score a brilliant try. Shingler added the conversion.

A desperate kick out of defence by the hosts was allowed to bounce and it appeared to be covered but it fell into the hands of Elis Benham who made 30 metres to score against the run of play. Whitingham converted putting the home side into double figures.

The remaining ten minutes of the half saw both side miss scoring chance with defences on top.

Straight from the restart, the Quins went on the offensive and powered up field, and from the resulting line out Josh Helps was able to crash over and replacement Calum Price added the points. The Quins were well on top and play was kept in the Cardiff half.

All the Quins backs handled and after 55 minutes Iolo Evans evaded tacklers to score a fine try for the bonus point score, which Price converted.

The Quins were guilty of overconfidence and lost possession when attacking for the home side to pick and counter attack which led to a Morgan Sieniawski try which was unconverted.

Cardiff were forced to defend for long periods and only heroic tackling prevented a Quins score. From a 20-metre penalty captain Ian Jones elected to take a pot at goal and Price obliged giving the Quins a three score lead.

The final ten minutes belonged to the Quins as the hosts were drained of idea’s and had run out of steam.

After several pairs of hands had contributed to a powerful charge skipper Ian Jones was able to crash over under the posts. Calum Price made it 42 points and the Quins highest score this term with the last kick of the game.

The past week has been a complete reversal of Quins play and the three displays has given the squad much confidence to take on Cross Keys in the Swalec Cup semi final at Aberavon on Saturday.

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Raiders seal first ever win




West Wales Raiders 44

Coventry Bears 16

Lucas Marshall, Stebonheath Park,

A LATE rally by Coventry Bears was not enough to deny a jubilant West Wales Raiders their first-ever win at the 45th time of asking.

The old South Wales Ironmen tasted victory against Gloucestershire All Golds in the first match played at Stebonheath Park back in July 2017, but never before have the side won under the Raiders banner. And it was certainly worth the wait as the Raiders dominated much of the game against a Bears side that doesn’t have the best record when travelling to South Wales. The other game the Ironmen won in 2017 was against Coventry, whilst the Bears only won by 10 points at Llanelli last season.

Dewi Billingham made his Coventry debut while trialist Zak Williams made his first appearance since returning to the Bears. But both former Raiders stars were unable to come back to haunt their former employers.

Try time: Raiders celebrate another try. Photo by Darren Harries

Much of the damage was done in the first half with the Raiders taking control from the kick-off and eventually going in 20-0 up at the break.

It took only six minutes for Raiders to break the Bears defence when good work down the left put Dalton Desmond-Walker in for the opener. Phil Cowburn added the extras but was off target just moments later after Ash Bateman was on the end of some quick passing to go in on the right.

When Morgan Evans went in for the Raiders third, again converted by Cowburn, their loyal band of supporters started to believe they were on course for victory.

It could have been even worse for the Bears, but strong defence saw them hold the visitors up over the line on three occasions mid-way through the half. Although there was no denying Archie Snook with one of the final plays of the half after Welsh International Steve Parry had split the Bears defence to put the centre through. Cowburn once again failed with the conversion but the Raiders still celebrated their most positive 40 minutes in almost two years.

After the break, it was the Bears who struck first through Reece Rance, but any hopes of a comeback were soon extinguished by three quick-fire tries.

First, former Bears player Mitch Shaw scooted over, before Bateman and Snook both got their second try of the afternoon to all but secure the victory for the Llanelli-based outfit.

Parry then went in for the Raiders’ eighth try of the day to put the icing on a long-awaited cake.

But the Bears were by no means done and added two further tries of their own to make the scoreline look a little less dominate than the game suggested.

Tries from Errol Carter and South Wales youth system graduate Cobi Green, along with two Joe Sanderson conversions rounded off the scoring for the visitors.

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Dafen see off Porthcawl




DAFEN Seconds earned their sixth win of the season on Saturday (Jul 6) as they beat Porthcawl by 75 runs.

Porthcawl won the toss and elected to field and they were able to bowl Dafen out for 182.

Opener Oliver Evans made a score of 19 and Chris Randell scored 25 as a number of Dafen batsmen made good starts.

Jonathan Griffiths scored 22 and there were also scores of 15 from Tom Lavender and 16 from Luke Dunning.

Matthew Thomas made a late score of 18 while Andrew Randell top scored with 43 runs.

Nicholas Morgan was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for the loss of 30 runs from his 6.3 overs.

Mark Bevan also bowled well to finish with figures of 3-37.

Photos by Darren Harries

That set Porthcawl 138 to win but they lost a number of batsmen for single figure scores as they struggled to put runs on the board.

Andrew Randell had Nicholas Morgan caught by Jac Morgan and Matthew Thomas had Rhodri Phillips caught by Chris Randell.

Chris Richards made a score of 13 before he was bowled by Rhys Marchant who then also bowled Rob Warren and had David Lewis caught by Chris Randell, both for ducks.

Tim Richards also fell for a duck when he was caught off the bowling of Matthew Thomas.

Mark Lewis had scored 25 but he also fell to the bowling of Marchant.

Steffan Flood also scored 25 before he was bowled by Chris Randell and Joshua Aubrey added 20 late on before he also fell to the bowling of Randell.

That meant that Porthcawl were all out for 107, giving Dafen seconds an excellent win.

On Saturday (Jul 13), Dafen seconds are away to local rivals Llanelli seconds.

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Rees century sees Llanelli to win




LLANELLI’s Iwan Rees scored a century on Saturday (Jul 6) to help his side to victory over Briton Ferry Steel.

Briton Ferry won the toss and elected to bat but they were restricted to 186-8 in their innings.

Steven Devonald struck early on to remove Evan Hynes but Lloyd Clement and Jamie Griffiths shared 44 runs for the second wicket.

Jac Rees had Griffiths caught by Craig Howells on a score of 24 and soon after Craig Evans was bowled by Aled Gilley for a duck.

Clement had made a score of 41 but when he was bowled by Rees, the Steel found themselves on 81-4.

That soon became 88-5 as Steve Maddock was caught by Marcus Leaf off the bowling of Gilley.

Photo by Darren Harries

Iwan Rees then had Steffan Evans caught by Howells and Rhys Norgrove fell in similar fashion.

Jason Hughes and Thomas Williams shared 56 runs for the eighth wicket as they looked to give their side a total to defend.

On the last ball Williams was caught by Rees off the bowling of Gilley on a score of 24 which left Hughes not out on 67.

Llanelli openers Iwan Rees and Ioan Phillips shared 42 runs for the first wicket before Phillips was caught by Rhys Norgrove off the bowling of Jay Webb.

That was as good as it got for the Steel though as they were unable to claim any further wickets.

Craig Howells hit seven fours as he finished unbeaten on 53 while Rees starred with 14 fours to finish unbeaten on 104.

The win gives Llanelli 19 points and keeps them third in the table. On Saturday (Jul 13), they travel to local rivals Dafen.

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