Swansea were put to the sword by a clinical Carmarthen Quins side who scored six tries in a convincing 41-17 victory at a sunny St Helen’s.
The scoreline was identical to last week’s British and Irish Cup match between the two sides and means the All Whites are now rooted firmly at the bottom of the Premiership.
The visitors opened the scoring after just three minutes when winger Lee Williams intercepted a loose pass and used his pace before throwing an inside pass to the outstanding Alex Pickersgill, who scored. Jack Maynard converted.
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 with a penalty goal of his own after the Quins crept offside at the ruck but his effort sailed wide of the post. The visitors got their second try after 24 minutes when number eight Luke Joseph intercepted a pass and raced to half way before Pickersgill provided the link to send Jason Harries over for a well taken touch down. 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 on the twenty-two. 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 attack 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 cross field kick by Maynard was caught by Williams who stepped around the defending Rhys Williams to score. Maynard missed the conversion.
Half-time:- Swansea 0 Carmarthen 29
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 half way to score. Maynard converted.
Swansea began to exert some pressure on the Carmarthen line and finally it told when Dudley-Jones was mauled over for a try. Nicky Thomas missed the conversion. Flanker James Bija got a second Whites try from a superb grubber kick to the corner by replacement fly half Aled Lewis. Nicky Thomas’ conversion attempt was wide.
Following further pressure on the visitors’ line, 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. Nicky 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 Carmarthen travel to Cross Keys.
Full time:- Swansea 17 Carmarthen 41
Referee:- Jason Langdon
Weather:- Sunny, 6C
Man of the match:- Alex Pickersgill
Tries:- Dudley-Jones (53), Bija (67), McKenna (76)
Cons:- N Thomas (77)
Tries:- Pickersgill (3), Williams (24, 40+2, 78), Daniel (37), Harries (45)
Cons:- Maynard (4, 25, 38, 46)
Pens:- Maynard (11)
15 Nicky Thomas
14 Jamie Thomas
13 Aled Jenkins
12 Nicky Harwood (rep: Ben Roberts 73)
11 Rhys Williams
10 Cameron Clement
9 Jon Preddy (rep: Jake Cole 68)
1 Matthew Norman (rep: Roy Jones 65)
2 Andrew Littlehales (rep: Scott Otten 54)
3 Ian Williams
4 Ben Fox
5 Jon Barley (rep: Trystan Herdman 78)
6 Rob Dudley-Jones
7 James Bija
8 Steffan Jones (rep: James McKenna 54)
16 Scott Otten
17 Roy Jones
18 Trystan Herdman
19 James McKenna
20 Aled Lewis
21 Ben Roberts
22 Jake Cole
15 Darren Daniel
14 Lee Williams
13 Alex Pickersgill
12 Andrew Banfield (rep: Rheon James 54)
11 Jason Harries (rep:
10 Jack Maynard (rep: Chris Banfield 65)
9 Rhodri Wells (rep: Huw Rees 54)
1 Gareth Thomas
2 Richard Wilkes (REP: Gethin Robinson (80+2)
3 Trystan Davies (rep: Andrew Beaujean 57)
4 Carwyn Jones
5 Haydn Pugh
6 Aidan Laxton (rep: Gavin Evans 57)
7 James Davies (rep: Ellis Lloyd 74)
8 Luke Joseph
16 Gethin Robinson
17 Andrew Beaujean
18 Gavin Evans
19 Ellis Lloyd
20 Huw Rees
21 Rheon James
22 Chris Banfield