Huw S Thomas reports:
The Llandovery pack put in one of their very best performances of the season to lay the foundations of a decisive home win over their old Towy Valley rivals.
Completely dominant at the scrum and steam rolling the Quins pack with a succession of rolling mauls in the loose, Llandovery should have won by far more in this tense game between two sides still in danger of relegation.
That they did not was down to first-half indiscipline which saw two yellow cards inside four minutes for wing Mark Bowen and flanker Eifion Gwynne and a very good Quins line-out in which locks Dominic Day and Euros Evans excelled.
It was a good job for the Quins that they did so well at the line out as they were comprehensively out thought and out muscled in the other forward exchanges. The Drovers front row of Dorian Williams, Andrew Jones and the outstanding Andrew Bryn Jones put youngsters Nathan Williams and Dan George through the mixer and only some heroic shoring up from tight head Marc O’Kelly kept the Quins afloat.
“It was one of our best performances up front although I tore a strip off the side at half time after seeing us throw points away because of poor discipline and a lack of concentration at the line out” said coach Iestyn Thomas. “We have four games left starting with Swansea at home on Saturday and we will take huge encouragement for this win which takes us up the table into 13th place. The camp is completely positive and looking forward to the other challenges posed by Ebbw Vale and Llanelli away and Glamorgan Wanderers at home.”
The Quins had little answer to the rolling maul, the first Llandovery try coming at the end of a 40 metre drive that ended in a penalty try when the desperate and frustrated defence were forced to pull down the maul.
The other great influence on the game was Llandovery’s diminutive fly-half Tomas Marks whose goal kicking and touch finding was of the highest class. Marks kicked six penalties out of six, none of them simple, to emphasise his marked all round improvement since moving from Llanelli last year.
Although the Quins twice led 10-9 at one stage in the first half and 17-15 four minutes into the second half, they were never favourites to take the spoils. They changed their line out tactics to try and stop the Llandovery drives and clung on bravely to hold Llandovery to 25-20 but it was a lost cause when replacement flanker Ceri Davies got the reward for yet another great surge by his pack five minutes from time.
The only surprise for the 1000 strong crowd was that Marks failed to kick the conversion from a difficult angle.