Tom Hughes reports:
The tight Tywi Valley derby in the Fosters Cup went the way of the Quins whose win took them to the top of Pool Two.
Both clubs fielded teams that were unrecognisable from Premiership line ups with some of the names on the team sheets a mystery to both sets of supporters.
If there was little to choose between the two sides, it was Quins veteran fly half Craig Evans who made the difference with three well struck second half penalties. The Quins also had the more watertight defence with their line speed shutting down home opportunities in often good field positions.
Llandovery coach Euros Evans - also Director of Rugby at Coleg Sir Gar - had earlier in the day seen his school side win the Welsh Colleges Elite League final at The Principality Stadium and despite defeat at the hands of the Quins was still encouraged by the Drovers’ performance.
"We gave a lot of promising young players the chance to play at a level that they are unaccustomed to and they did well against a Carmarthen team that included some hugely experienced and very good players in the likes of Craig Evans and Chris Banfield,” said Evans. "Fosters Cup games give clubs the opportunity to test the worth of their more inexperienced players and we can already see the likes of lock Joe Powell and fly half James Davies benefitting from that chance to make a mark.”
"We were near to winning but at least the bonus point we picked up means we still have an outside chance of heading the pool if we can turn the Quins over in The Park after Christmas.”
The very quick Banfield used his pace to run in two first half tries for the visitors but a try from wing Shaun Pearce after neat approach work from fly half Davies who also added a conversion and penalty had the scores tied 10-10 at the break.
Llandovery College product Davies kicked another penalty in the second half but the experience of the Quins bench through the likes of lock Haydn Pugh and prop Nathan Williams was to prove vital in the hurly burly of a local derby. Craig Evans punished home errors with three penalties to keep the Quins unbeaten and on top of their pool with half the pool programme completed.