The Quins recorded a remarkable fourth win over Swansea this campaign as they overturned an early deficit to ease to victory at a bitterly cold Carmarthen Park.
It was the best possible start for the All Whites when Quins full back Chris Banfield spilled a routine catch and winger Jamie Thomas gratefully accepted the gift to race home to score inside the opening 30 seconds. Cameron Clement missed the conversion.
Banfield almost made up for his error five minutes later when he cut through the Swansea defence with lock Gavin Evans in support. The ball was then swept out wide, but the Whites were penalised for killing the attack, though James Dixon missed his effort at goal.
The home side were awarded another penalty when the visitors were guilty of blocking but Dixon again missed the target, this time from in front of the posts. Swansea centre Aled Jenkins then made a dangerous break but the supporting Rhys Williams lost the ball forward.
Whites number eight Rob Dudley-Jones spotted a gap in midfield and raced up to the twenty-two but the supporting Scott Otten lost the ball forward. The home side got their first points on the board courtesy of a Banfield penalty goal after the Whites’ pack transgressed at the ruck.
The Quins sneaked ahead when a break by winger Darren Daniel forced the Swansea defence offside. Banfield kicked the penalty goal. Five minutes later centre Jason Harries made a half break and found Evans, but the lock lost the ball five metres short of the try line.
Carmarthen were awarded a scrum five metres from the line but flanker James McKenna managed to steal possession and allow his side to clear. On the stroke of half time Clement had a tricky opportunity to kick his side ahead when the Quins killed a dangerous attack but his effort drifted wide of the post.
Half-time:- Carmarthen 6 Swansea 5
Swansea retook the lead five minutes into the second half with a Clement penalty goal after Quins centre Dylan Morgan was yellow carded for persistent offside. The lead lasted just a minute though as the Whites defence killed a dangerous attack to allow Banfield a third penalty goal.
Almost immediately after Morgan returned from the sin bin it was Swansea’s turn to be temporarily reduced to 14 men when Otten was sent to the sidelines for killing a dangerous attack. Banfield was unable to convert the penalty though.
The home side began to increase the pressure on Swansea and when replacements Alex Pickersgill and Ian Jones combined, the pack were forced offside. However, Banfield again missed his kick at goal.
With 66 minutes on the clock the Quins got their first try when a break up to the line by flanker Rory Gallagher forced the Swansea defence onto the back foot, before substitute Rheon James took a crash ball to score. Banfield converted.
Swansea looked to hit back straightaway when scrum half Jake Cole raced into the opposing twenty-two, but replacement hooker Ieuan Dobbs was unable to take the pass and the move broke down.
In the closing stages Swansea were reduced to 13 men after substitutes Dobbs and David Blyth were shown red cards by referee Andrew Davies – Blyth for a stamp and Dobbs for a punch. Deep inside injury time the two man advantage paid off for Carmarthen when their pack earned a penalty try. Banfield converted.
Next up for Carmarthen is a trip to Aberavon, while Swansea host league leaders Pontypridd.
Full time:- Carmarthen 23 Swansea 8
Star man: Gavin Evans
Referee: Andrew Davies
Tries:- James (66), Penalty try (80+5)
Cons:- Banfield (67, 80+6)
Pens:- Banfield (25, 33, 47)
Y cards:- Dylan Morgan (46)
Tries:- Thomas (1)
Pens:- Clement (46)
Y cards:- Otten (57)
R cards:- Blyth (80), Dobbs (80)
15 Chris Banfield
14 Rhys Thomas
13 Dylan Morgan (rep: Rheon James 53)
12 Jason Harries (rep: Alex Pickersgill 46)
11 Darren Daniel
10 James Dixon
9 Connor Lloyd (rep: Huw Rees 63)
1 Rob Evans (rep: Andrew Beaujean 74)
2 Gethin Robinson (rep: Ricky Guest 49)
3 Trystan Davies (rep: Ian Jones 49)
4 Gavin Evans
5 Haydn Pugh ©
6 Andrew Thomas (rep: Ellis Lloyd 53)
7 Rory Gallagher (rep: Jon Williams 72)
8 Luke Joseph
16 Ricky Guest
17 Andrew Beaujean
18 Ian Jones
19 Jon Williams
20 Ellis Lloyd
21 Huw Rees
22 Alex Pickersgill
23 Rheon James
15 Rhys Williams
14 Richard Williams
13 Aled Jenkins
12 David Watts
11 Jamie Thomas
10 Cameron Clement
9 Jake Cole
1 Matthew Norman (rep: Daniel White 72)
2 Scott Otten (rep: Ieuan Dobbs 68)
3 Ian Williams (rep: Aled Mason 63)
4 Ben Fox
5 Sam Kiley ©
6 James McKenna (rep: David Blyth 52)
7 James Bija
8 Rob Dudley-Jones
16 Ieuan Dobbs
17 Daniel White
18 Aled Mason
19 David Blyth
20 Trystan Herdman
21 Jon Preddy
22 Ben Roberts
23 Nathan Brooks