CARMARTHEN 16 SWANSEA 3
The Whites remain rooted at the bottom of the Principality Premiership after losing out to the Quins at a stormy Carmarthen Park.
Despite facing the elements in the first half it was the All Whites who could have taken the lead when the home pack collapsed a scrum. However full back Josh Hamer missed his effort at goal.
It was the home side who edged in front after seven minutes when the Whites’ pack was penalised for handling in the ruck to give fly half Craig Evans an easy three points.
Offside at the ruck by the home side gave Swansea a kickable penalty but fly half Josh Hamer opted to chip to touch, which failed to find, and Quins cleared.
The home side scored the only try of the match after 23 minutes when centre Rhys Williams deftly chipped to the corner for the chasing Ellis Phillips to slide over the line with inches to spare. Evans converted.
The Carmarthen forwards began to pile pressure on the Swansea line, forcing the defence to step offside. Evans kicked the resulting penalty goal to take his side into a 13 point lead.
Five minutes later the lead was extended to 16 points when Evans kicked a penalty from seven metres inside his own half following obstruction in midfield.
Half-time:- Swansea 0 Carmarthen 16
With the wind at their backs the All Whites registered their first points just seconds after the restart when the Quins’ defence crept offside at a maul. Hamer was successful with his kick at goal.
A superb tackle by replacement flanker Mike Sully forced the home side to hold onto possession in the tackle, but Hamer missed his penalty attempt.
Hamer missed another two shots at goal, firstly when Evans failed to release the ball in the tackle and then after the Quins pack collapsed a scrum.
Carmarthen replacement flanker Ryan Elias was yellow carded with six minutes remaining for persistently killing the ball.
Despite the All Whites battering their opponent’s try line they were unable to break through and were left frustrated in their effort to grab a losing bonus point.
Next up for Swansea is a home match against Newport in the league, while Carmarthen host Bridgend Athletic in the Swalec Cup.
Full time:- Swansea 3 Carmarthen 16
Star man: Ellis Phillips
Referee: Ben Whitehouse
Tries:- E Phillips (23)
Cons:- Evans (24)
Pens:- Evans (7, 32, 37)
Y cards:- Elias (74)
Pens:- Hamer (41)
15 Howard Thomas
14 Ellis Phillips
13 Morgan Griffiths (rep: Dan Jones 67)
12 Rhys Williams
11 Rhys Thomas
10 Craig Evans
9 Rhodri Wells
1 Jevon Sebastien
2 Rhodri Clancy (rep: Trystan Davies 41)
3 Ian Jones (rep: Ricky Guest 41)
4 Carwyn Jones (rep: Aidan Loxton 44)
5 Hadyn Pugh
6 Rory Gallagher
7 Ellis Lloyd
8 Luke Joseph (rep: Ryan Elias 71)
16 Trystan Davies
17 Ricky Guest
18 Steffan Phillips
19 Aidan Loxton
20 Ryan Elias
21 Huw Rees
22 Dan Jones
23 Gavin Thomas
15 Josh Hamer
14 Andrew Claypole
13 Liam Gadd (rep: Aled Jenkins 75)
12 David Watts (rep: Paul Davies 41)
11 Gareth Kirk
10 Rhys Williams
9 Connor Salter (rep: Iwan Mainwaring 67)
1 Tom Sloane (rep: Saman Rezapour 77)
2 Paul John (rep: Nick O’Kelly 79)
3 Simon Gardiner (rep: Ryan Thomas 56)
4 Teaghan Price (rep: Alun Evans 52)
5 Tudor Hughes (rep: Mike Shelley 72)
6 James McKenna
7 Mathew Davies
8 Matthew Phillips
16 Nick O’Kelly
17 Saman Rezapour
18 Ryan Thomas
19 Alun Evans
20 Mike Shelley
21 Iwan Mainwaring
22 Paul Davies
23 Aled Jenkins
By Paul Hopkins