Carmarthen Quins 42
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.
Gealey holds nerve to send Stars to victory
NEW DOCK STARS earned their first win of the season on Saturday (Jan 15) as they beat Bynea 29-30 in a thrilling encounter.
The Dock held a 20-12 lead at half time and were ahead going into the final stages.
Bynea thought they had won the game when a late score put them 29-27 in front.
However, the Stars hit back with time running out and Adam Gealey scored a penalty to win the game for his side.
That gave him a personal haul of 15 points having already scored with two penalties and three conversions.
Dylan Jones scored two tries for the visitors and Jordan Evans got the other.
Bynea’s George MacDonald scored a hat trick of tries and Finlay Cooke also crossed the whitewash once.
James Branson added three conversions and one penalty.
It was a thrilling encounter as both sides belied their positions at the foot of the table.
On Saturday, January 22, the Stars travel to Llandybie while Bynea host Betws.
Photo by Darren Harries
Furnace seal second win
FURNACE UNITED earned their second win of the League 3 West B season on Saturday (Jan 15) as they beat Llandybie.
Daf Green scored for the Cherries with other tries coming from Joe Qualters-Jones, Myles Harries, Joe Pugh and Jonny Roberts.
Green was successful with three of five conversion attempts and he also added a penalty.
Furnace held a 13-5 lead at half time as Llandybie scored an unconverted try in each half.
Ioan Rees and Josh Watkins scored the tries for the visitors.
On Saturday, January 22, Furnace United travel to Llandeilo while Llandybie host New Dock Stars.
PHOTO by Darren Harries
Saunders stars as Llangennech beat Gowerton
LLANGENNECH remain unbeaten in League 1 West after they won 33-16 away at Gowerton on Saturday (Jan 15).
Liam Hutchings put the visitors ahead with the first try of the game and Tom Neale added the extras.
Gowerton then got themselves on the scoreboard with a penalty but Llangennech were soon back on the attack.
Jordan Saunders was next to go over and Neale again added the extras.
Gowerton reduced the arrears once more with another penalty and the visitors held a 14-6 lead when the half time whistle went.
Gowerton scored another penalty early in the second half to keep themselves in the game.
However, Llangennech kept applying the pressure and they soon had their third try with Saunders going over for his second and Neale adding his third conversion to make it 21-9.
Saunders then completed his hat trick to also earn his side a bonus point.
Gowerton responded with a converted try to bring the score back to 16-26 but it was the visitors who had the last word.
Greg George scored their fifth try of the game and Neale converted to complete the scoring.
Saunders was named man of the match for his try hat trick and the win sees them move on to 25 points, six points above second placed Newcastle Emlyn.
The sides are next in action on Saturday, January 29, when Llangennech host third placed Felinfoel while Gowerton travel to Aberystwyth.
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