Thomas urges Quins to keep feet on the ground
CARMARTHEN Quins rugby manager Steffan Thomas has urged his side to keep their feet on the ground ahead of this Saturday's match at Swansea (2.30).
The Quins head to St Helen's in upbeat mood after a sensational start to the season.
After suffering British & Irish Cup preliminary round disappointment when they lost by a point to rivals Llanelli, Thomas's side have been in blistering form.
Carmarthen take on the Whites on the back of a three-game winning streak that began with a thumping 45-20 victory over Bridgend.
And that was followed by headline-grabbing back-to-back triumphs last week.
First the Quins gained derby revenge by beating Llanelli 20-19 at Parc y Scarlets.
Then they recorded a 26-12 success against Aberavon, who previously had a 100 per cent record.
"I'm very pleased," said Thomas. "We knew we had a lot of talent at our disposal and whereas last year sometimes we were just about getting 15 players out on the pitch, now we've got the combinations right.
"The first impressions are very promising — there's no getting away from that.
"But we'll take it one step at a time. After our next two games we'll have played our first block of five games and we'll have a break. We'll reassess things then."
Carmarthen face Cross Keys after this weekend's clash with a Swansea side who overcame Neath last Sunday.
Then comes a three-week gap before the Quins head to Bedwas.
"Swansea also seem to have advanced from last year — they've got two very powerful props and a good scrum," said Thomas. "They've had some good results so far so I'm expecting a tough game."
Tries from Rory Gallagher, Rhys Thomas and Dylan Morgans helped Carmarthen to victory against the Wizards.
Craig Evans converted one of those scores and also kicked three penalties.
"Aberavon have had some good wins, they beat Swansea, Bridgend and Newport," added Thomas.
"To win on the back of a victory at Parc y Scarlets was very impressive.
"As a group we've picked up bumps and bruises this week, but the squad has come through okay. Ian Jones and Haydn Hugh missed out against Llanelli, but we still managed to get a result.
"We had eight boys in the side who were under 21. It was a fantastic experience for them."