Carmarthen Quins
2013/2014 Principality Premiership
Quins 15 v 14 Llandovery
19 April 2014 - The Park, Carmarthen
Llandovery

Match Report

Carmarthen Quins 15 – 14 Llandovery

What the Papers Say – Huw S Thomas reports:

The Quins made sure of a play-off spot in beating fierce rivals Llandovery by the narrowest of margins at Carmarthen Park. They stay in second position ahead of the chasing Cross Keys but it looks almost certain that the Drovers will finish out of the top three after this defeat.

For the Quins this Easter win was sweet revenge for the 30-28 defeat on Boxing Day and, even if they lose their last game in Aberavon, they now know that they will feature in the end of season knockout stage.

There was little to choose between the sides yesterday in a bad tempered affair but the Quins had that extra bit in pace and sharpness to make the difference.

Llandovery twice came close to an early try but it was the Quins who took the lead with a try from former Drovers centre Rhys Williams after good approach work from full back Lee Williams and flanker James Davies.

The pace was fast and furious in perfect running conditions, with chances coming at both ends. Both sides refused kicks at goal and it paid off for the Drovers when from a close range scrum flanker Shaun Miles popped up in midfield to go over near enough to the posts for fly half Ian Brooks to convert.

A speculative kick ahead by Jason Harries then paid off for the home side. Opposite Wing Chris Banfield scooped up a rolling ball to race away from 30 metres for a try, converted by fly half Craig Evans which secured a 12-7 interval lead.

Evans missed a straight penalty but the Quins forced a number of turn-overs to keep their noses in front and the fly half put over a penalty from half way.

Scrum half Lee Rees probed hard for the Drovers, who upped the tempo after Quins flanker Davies was red carded. Despite a red card of their own for replacement Gareth Rees, Llandovery got to within a point with a converted Lee Evans try deep into injury time but it was just to prove just too late.

Attendance: 400

Official : Neil Hennessy (Wales)

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