Sunday, 4 March 2012

Quins stun Wizards

Quins heroic defence keep the Wizards at bay.

Carmarthen Quins stunned Premiership title chasing Aberavon in a hard fought 20-13 triumph at a wet and windy Carmarthen Park.
It looked as though it was going to be a long day for the Quins. With the visitors playing with the strong wind in the opening half, they capitalised immediately to race in to a 10-0 lead after only five minutes. Outside half Jamie Davies landed a penalty and then intercepted a Quins pass on half way to show good pace and score, Davies also added the conversion.
The Quins, however, showed the same resilience that proved them triumphant against Pontypridd last week as they fought their way back into the match, with Aled Thomas firing home two penalties, before Davies once again extended the Wizards' lead to 13-6 with a penalty of his own.
Quins scrum-half Huw Rees puts a grubber kick down the blind side.
With the wind at their backs, the Quins upped the ante and were rewarded with a great try that started from their own 22, Davies kicked ahead but only found the welcoming arms of dangerman Jason Harries as the centre found space but was brought down in the Aberavon 22.
The ball was recycled quickly and some nice hands from prop Rob Evans and back row Andrew Thomas sent full back Dan Evans over in the corner, Thomas added the extras to tie the score.
Carmarthen centre Alex Pickersgill caused problems in midfield all afternoon
Only three minutes later, the Quins faithful were once again on their feet after some great vision from fly half Thomas saw him chip over the onrushing Aberavon blitz defence to regather and send Rob Evans across the whitewash. Thomas composed himself to find the target with the conversion.
The Wizards were stunned by Quins' magical five minute period and although the highfliers desperately tried to get back into the match going through phase after phase of attack, they were met with strong resistance from the hosts who notched up a deserved win.
Aberavon No.8 Rory Gallagher struggles to make headway against a determined Qunins defence
The victory sees Carmarthen remain fourth but level on points with second placed Aberavon, and Team Manager Steff Thomas was delighted with the result. "That's five in a row for us now and we have made Carmarthen Park a fortress. Our defence was superb and we scored two great tries. We have given ourselves a real chance of securing a British Cup spot."


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