Quins glad to have sevens ace James back in the fold
CARMARTHEN Quins welcome back Wales sevens star James Davies for tomorrow's home Premiership clash against Bridgend (2.30pm).
Davies, the younger brother of Wales and Scarlets centre Jonathan Davies, has been making a name for himself on the IRB circuit this season, but will turn his attention back to the 15-a-side game this weekend as the Quins look to build on their impressive derby win over Llandovery on Boxing Day.
That 12-3 triumph over the Drovers has given the Quins the perfect pick-me-up going into the new year, although team manager Steffan Thomas insists feet are remaining firmly planted on the ground down west.
"We were all delighted with the win at Llandovery, it was a great performance in difficult conditions, but it's important now we don't get carried away," he said.
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"We are looking to build against Bridgend, but we are wary that a lot of their players will have had exposure with the Ospreys recently and you never know what side they will be putting on the park."
The Quins, who currently sit in sixth spot in the table, also welcome back fly-half James Dixon, while the Ravens are set to include talented Ospreys youngsters Tom Habberfield and Tom Grabham, as well as the region's Moldovan prop Dimitri Arhip.
Arhip, who has signed a two-year deal with the Ospreys, made his debut for the Brewery Field side against leaders Bedwas on Boxing Day.
"He's rated highly by the Ospreys so he'll be an asset to us," said Bridgend head coach Ben Rose.
"He plays anywhere across the front row and went well against Bedwas at tight-head.
"He only speaks broken English but has slotted in well in training. We tell him what we want and he does it so we're glad to have someone of his physical prowess in the side.
"He's similar to all the Ospreys players we have, he will make a huge difference to the side."