Swansea 17 Carmarthen Q 41: Score remains the same as Quins dominate
SWANSEA were put to the sword by a clinical Carmarthen Quins side who scored six tries in a convincing victory at St Helen's.
The scoreline was identical to last week's British and Irish Cup match between the two sides — and it means the All Whites are now rooted firmly at the bottom of the Premiership.
The visitors opened the scoring after just three minutes when wing Lee Williams intercepted a loose pass and used his pace before throwing an inside pass to the outstanding Alex Pickersgill, who scored.
Jack Maynard added the conversion.
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A powerful run by Quins lock Carwyn Jones through the middle set up an attack with Pickersgill spinning out of a tackle, but the Whites' defence was penalised for offside so Maynard kicked a penalty goal.
Nicky Thomas had a chance to cut the deficit after the Quins crept offside at the ruck but his effort sailed wide of the posts.
The visitors got their second try after 24 minutes when No. 8 Luke Joseph intercepted a pass and raced to halfway before Pickersgill provided the link to send Jason Harries over for a well-taken touchdown. Maynard converted.
The Quins continued to use their backs well and a fluid move involving Darren Daniel and Gareth Thomas almost sent Pickersgill through, but they lost the ball forward.
Maynard had an opportunity to extend the lead after Rob Dudley-Jones dived over the top of a ruck, but he missed his shot at goal.
Former All White Rhodri Wells began a dangerous counter for the visitors and Daniel was on hand to sprint home for another Carmarthen try. Maynard converted.
The Quins backs started to run riot inside first-half injury time and a superb crossfield kick by Maynard was caught by Williams who stepped around Rhys Williams to score.
Maynard missed the conversion but the visitors were 29-0 up.
It took the visitors just five minutes to register their first points in the second half after the Whites lost possession cheaply and Harries raced in from halfway to score. Maynard converted.
Swansea began to exert pressure on the Carmarthen line and it finally told when Dudley-Jones was mauled over for a try.
Flanker James Bija got a second Whites try from a superb grubber kick to the corner by replacement fly-half Aled Lewis.
Following further pressure, Aled Jenkins and replacement Jake Cole linked up in midfield before he floated a long pass out wide to flanker James McKenna, who scored with ease. Thomas converted.
Williams rounded off a crushing victory with his hat-trick try after a good run by Daniel caused panic in the Swansea defence. Chris Banfield converted.
Next up for Swansea is a trip to Newport, while the Quins travel to Cross Keys.
Swansea : Tries: R. Dudley-Jones, J. Bija, J. McKenna. Con: N. Thomas.
Carmarthen Quins : Tries: A. Pickersgill, L. Williams (3), D. Daniel, J. Harries. Cons: J. Maynard (4). Pens: Maynard.