Carmarthen Quins 41, Swansea 17: Quins register easy victory
SWANSEA’S hopes of progressing in the British & Irish Cup were hit after they suffered a 41-17 defeat to Carmarthen Quins at The Park last night.
But a comfortable win has given the Quins a real chance of reaching the knock-out stages of the competition.
They built on a losing bonus point collected at Cornish Pirates last weekend, while the Whites had begun the cross-border competition with a heavy win over Dundee.
Quins fly-half Jack Maynard missed a routine penalty just three minutes in before full-back Nicky Thomas was off target with a slightly more taxing kick moments later.
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After a scrappy opening, the Quins took the lead on nine minutes when centre Andrew Banfield gathered a loose ball and charged in for a try that Maynard converted.
Banfield crossed again midway through the first period, breaking through a series of weak Swansea tackles to touch down in the corner, with Maynard again adding the extras.
That came after Thomas registered Swansea’s first points with a 13th-minute penalty.
And the Whites had the opportunity to haul themselves right back into the game when Jake Cole darted in under the posts on the half-hour mark, Thomas converted and Quins flanker James Davies was yellow carded.
But it was one they failed to take as Whites scrum-half Cole joined Davies in the bin shortly afterwards.
By half-time the Quins were in a commanding lead. First Maynard converted his own try, then the fly-half slotted over from the touchline after Connor Lloyd burst over to secure the hosts a bonus point before the break.
Maynard’s first penalty of the evening extended the hosts’ advantage ten minutes after the restart.
Aiden Laxton was then sin-binned as the visitors attempted to rally and they did close the gap on 59 minutes.
Replacement Huw Rees’s kick was charged down and Dan Baker won the foot race to touch down before Thomas converted.
There was to be no dramatic fightback though, and Maynard slotted over another Quins penalty with ten minutes remaining.
The fly-half then rounded off the scoring by adding the extras after James Davies galloped in two minutes from time.
Carmarthen Quins: R. Thomas; L. Williams, A. Banfield, R. James, J. Harries; J. Maynard, Conor Lloyd; A. Banfield, R. Wilkes, T. Davies, H. Pugh (capt), G. Evans, A. Luxton, L. Joseph, J. Davies. Reps: I. Jones, R. Guest, C. James, S. Bennett, H. Rees, A. Pickersgill, D. Daniel.
Swansea: N. J. Thomas; R. Williams, A. Jenkins, N. Harwood, R. Williams; A. Lewis, J. Cole; N. Smith, A. Littlehales, J. Rees, B. Fox, S. Kiley (capt), R. Dudley-Jones, S. Jones, J. Bija. Reps: S. Owen, M. Norman, N. Thomas, J. MKenna, W. Batcup, B. Roberts, D. Baker.
Referee: Cammy Rudkin (SRU)