What the Papers Say – Tom Hughes reports:
After their surprise defeat at the hands of Aberavon the previous week, the Quins came back to form in style with this four tries to one win over the Drovers.
The Towy Valley derby was not exactly one-sided but the Quins were always in control and secured the bonus point in the very last movement of the game when back row Sion Bennett went over. The win takes them back into second position in the Premiership and sees Llandovery drop into eighth place from fifth. Wins by Llanelli and Cross Keys plus a losing bonus point for Bedwas meant the Drovers fell a worrying three places in the table.
The Drovers have found it difficult this season to string together a sequence of good results and after the easy win over Newport, they again disappointed coach Lyndon Lewis with this sub standard performance in front of a big Carmarthen Park crowd. “We will have to play a lot better against Llanelli on Saturday or we will suffer another defeat. We had consistency last year and this is what we are lacking in the current campaign but we have good players and we’ll bounce back,” commented Lewis.
The stats from the game highlighted that territory and possession were equal, along with line breaks. What was evident was that Carmarthen were more clinical. They took all their chances and scrambled well in defence when broken. The Drovers narrowed up in defence on occasions and also missed a few crucial tackles to leave Carmarthen in for tries.
The Drovers created a few opportunities, one of which should have resulted in a penalty try being awarded and a yellow card for an early tackle on Taylor Davies under the posts. However it was not Llandovery's day, with luck and decisions often going against them. An improved performance is needed for next Saturday so that referee decisions and luck can be taken out of the equation so that the Drovers can get back to winning ways.
Llandovery were not helped in the first half by a failure to kick their goals and trailed to an Ellis Lloyd try and five points from the boot of young fly half Dan Jones. When tries from the non stop Lloyd - who has proved a real thorn in Llandovery sides in recent years - and Wales 7s specialist Lee Williams were both converted by the excellent Jones the Quins were clear at 24-0 and the visitors were facing one of their heaviest ever defeats against their old rivals.
A yellow card for former Drover Haydn Pugh then stalled the Quins momentum and to their credit Llandovery came back with a penalty try at the scrum, converted by fly half James Garland. With replacements Lawrence Reynolds and Matthew Jacobs putting more vim and vigour into the Drovers’ effort, it was not until the death that powerful back row Bennett sealed the bonus point after a sweeping Quins move.