What the Papers Say – Huw S Thomas reports:
The Tywi Valley derby went the way of Carmarthen Quins who were fully deserved winners at a wet and windy Church Bank. They soaked up pressure in the first half when playing into the elements and then, thanks to their excellent forwards, turned the screw to keep the Drovers on the back foot.
Home flanker and skipper Lloyd Phillips and fly half Cerith Rees made their 100th appearance for the club but neither they nor their teammates could complain at the result.
The conditions dictated that the Drovers could not adopt their free flowing style and the Quins pack relished the heavy conditions and the premium that had to be put on pragmatic rugby.
The Drovers were dealt a blow when scrum half Rhodri Williams had to pull out and they were soon behind to a penalty by Quins fly half Dan Newton. The loose exchanges were fiercely fought and back play was a rare sight. A Rees penalty came back off an upright but it was Llandovery who pressed for most of the first half. Rees kicked a good penalty but the Quins defence, with flanker Ellis Lloyd outstanding, withstood all the pressure to leave the scores tied 3-3 at the break.
The weather worsened, the Quins advanced with the wind and rain for Newton to put over two penalties. Newton and scrum half Rhodri Wells kicked well to drive Llandovery back and with the Quins’ scrummage stronger, things looked black for the home side. The Quins also turned ball over at frequent intervals to stop home momentum and, as hard as they tried, the Drovers not only had to give second best but also get robbed of a bonus point when Newton booted a penalty with the last kick of the game.