Carmarthen Quins managed to grind out a win against a much improved Swansea outfit in an error strewn match at St Helen’s.
The home side began brightly and Whites fly half Sam Davies had an opportunity on nine minutes to kick his side into the lead when the Quins’ pack collapsed a scrum, but he failed with his effort at goal.
The Swansea forwards were then penalised for a similar offence, but the visitors’ outside half Craig Evans also missed the target.
It took 21 minutes for the first points to be registered and it was Craig Evans who did the honours with a penalty after the Whites’ defence killed the ball.
Swansea looked the most likely to score the first try when flanker Mathew Davies and lock Rhodri Hughes were both stopped a few metres from the line, but ill-discipline saw the visitors awarded a relieving penalty.
A break through the middle by centre Dylan Morgan set up a dangerous attack and his chip through was chased down by winger Lee Williams, but the ball beat him and rolled into touch a metre short of the line.
In the closing stages of the half the Quins battered the Swansea line and Mathew Davies was yellow carded for killing the ball. Craig Evans kicked the simple penalty to take his lead into a six point lead at the interval.
Half-time:- Swansea 6 Carmarthen 0
It took the home side just two minutes in the second half to score their first points through a Sam Davies penalty when the Quins defence crept offside in midfield.
Scrum half Rhodri Wells began a dangerous attack for the visitors with a half break and found Jason Harries and Morgan in support, only for the ball to be lost forward five metres from the line.
It took 55 minutes for the match to spark into life when Lee Williams sprinted down the wing, beating a Nicky J Thomas tackle, before Sam Davies crucially intercepted an inside pass. However the fly half’s clearance kick was loose and Morgan pounced on it to race past a non-existent defence to score under the posts. Craig Evans converted.
A superb 20-metre run by hooker Scott Otten set up a Whites attack with Sam Davies and Mathew Davies in support. The visitors killed the ball, allowing Sam Davies to kick three points.
The home side were right back in the match on 66 minutes when centre Aled Jenkins ripped the ball from a tackle and raced through the middle, supported by scrum half Justin James, who fired out a scoring pass to winger Andrew Claypole. Sam Davies converted.
Soon after the Whites took the lead for the first time when the pack drove its Quins counterparts backwards to give Sam Davies three points.
The visitors were soon back on the attack though with Morgan and Harries both making breaks to force the Whites’ defence to kill the ball. A quick tap penalty caught the home side asleep and the ball was swept out wide for Lee Williams to race in for a try. Craig Evans converted.
The home side did everything they could to snatch a late try and both number eight Tudor Hughes and James linked up inside the Quins’ twenty-two but the move broke down.
Carmarthen prop Trystan Davies was yellow carded for a persistent scrummaging infringement near the Whites’ line but his side managed to crucially turn a scrum five and clear to secure the win.
Full time:- Swansea 16 Carmarthen 20
Star man: Dylan Morgan
Referee: Jason Langdon
Tries:- Claypole (66)
Cons:- S Davies (67)
Pens:- S Davies (42, 61, 70)
Y cards:- M Davies (40+6)
Tries:- Morgan (55), L Williams (76)
Cons:- C Evans (56, 77)
Pens:- C Evans (21, 40+6)
Y cards:- T Davies (80)
15 Nicky J Thomas
14 Andrew Claypole
13 Aled Jenkins (rep: David Watts 68)
12 Paul Davies (rep: Cameron Clement 77)
11 Richard Williams
10 Sam Davies
9 Justin James
1 Tom Sloane (rep: Nicky Smith 62)
2 Scott Otten (rep: Paul John 62)
3 Nicky Thomas
4 Teaghan Price (rep: Ben Fox 56)
5 Rhodri Hughes
6 Sam Pailor
7 Mathew Davies
8 Tudor Hughes
16 Paul John
17 Nicky Smith
18 Aled Mason
19 Ben Fox
20 Rob Dudley-Jones
21 Jake Cole
22 David Watts
23 Cameron Clement
15 Howard Thomas (rep: Iolo Evans 69)
14 Lee Williams
13 Dylan Morgan
12 Rhys Williams
11 Jason Harries
10 Craig Evans
9 Rhodri Wells
1 Gareth Thomas (rep: Gethon Robinson 68)
2 Ricky Guest (rep: Rhodri Clancy 56)
3 Trystan Davies
4 Carwyn Jones
5 Hadyn Pugh
6 Sion Bennett
7 James Davies
8 Rory Gallagher (rep: Will Boyde 56)
16 Gethin Robinson
17 Rhodri Clancy
18 Jevan Sebastian
19 Luke Joseph
20 Will Boyde
21 Chris Banfield
22 Pan Rushesha
23 Iolo Evans
By Paul Hopkins