Quins make it three on the bounce as Wizards downed
CARMARTHEN Quins are off to a dream start in the Principality Premiership with a much-changed squad who are full of confidence.
While it was their third successive league win, Aberavon suffered defeat after three straight wins in cup and league.
New Quins coach Louie Tonkin had good reason to be pleased with his squad, saying: "We have lost a lot of players and brought in youngsters and it is going well.
"There are boys like 18-year-old prop Jevan Sebastian, who has just started his first Premiership game on the tight-head.
"He and several others have stepped up well and we go to Swansea next Saturday full of confidence."
The first-half ball won by the Aberavon pack was good and included at least one against the head, but it was far too slow coming out to their backs.
Backs coach Craig Warlow said: "We had problems clearing the ball between eight and nine and there was little quick ball."
Former Wizard Craig Evans kicked a penalty and another old boy Rory Gallagher scored a try, with debutant Paul Smithson kicking an Aberavon penalty.
Evans then kicked a huge penalty and right on half-time Ellis Lloyd's good work ended in a try for wing Rhys Thomas to make it 16-3 to the hosts.
Aberavon attacked more after the break with replacement Chris Morgans going well and Smithson kicked three more penalties to give Aberavon hope at 16-12 with eight minutes remaining.
However, a third Evans penalty and a solo try by centre Dylan Morgan killed it off.
Carmarthen Quins : Tries: R. Gallagher, R. Thomas, D. Morgan. Con: C. Evans. Pens: C. Evans (3).
Aberavon : P Smithson (4).
Referee : Martyn Lewis (Gower).