2016/2017 Principality Premiership
Swansea 14 v 21 Quins
03 September 2016 - St Helen's, Swansea
Carmarthen Quins

Match Report

Swansea 14 Carmarthen Quins 21

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By: Paul Hopkins


A spirited Whites side fell to an opening day defeat to bogey side Carmarthen in their first match back in the Premiership after two seasons of exile in the Championship.


In dreadful weather conditions, the Quins’ pack won the game, but Swansea will be heartened by clinching a bonus point.


It was almost a dream start to the Premiership for the All Whites when lock Adam Thresher charged down a clearance kick, but the visitors defended well and forced fellow lock Tudor Hughes to spill the ball forward in a tackle.


A few minutes later the Carmarthen backs struck. Centre John Williams took the ball at pace and broke through a tackle in midfield to hand a scoring pass to winger Lee Williams. Fly half Aled Thomas missed the conversion.


A Josh Martin penalty goal reduced the gap to two points when the Carmarthen pack deliberately wheeled a scrum.


The Whites defence were forced to take the ball back over their own dead ball line following a dangerous grubber kick to the corner. However, Quins failed to make it count and a strong scrum by the home pack forced a knock on.


The Swansea forwards were penalised for diving over the ruck and Aled Thomas made no mistake this time with his kick at goal.


Carmarthen continued to look dangerous in the backline, despite the atrocious weather conditions and winger Dylan Morgan raced up to the line, only for the supporting full back Gavin Thomas to be held up inches short. It was only brief respite for Swansea though as they gave away a penalty for failing to roll away after the tackle. Aled Thomas kicked the three pointer.


In the dying moments of the first half, the Whites got themselves back to within a score courtesy of a Martin penalty goal when the Quins’ pack wheeled the scrum for a second time.


Half-time:-   Swansea   6   Carmarthen   11


Ten seconds into the second half Carmarthen were awarded a penalty after Swansea killed the ball. Aled Thomas duly converted his kick at goal.


Number eight Josh Middleton was ordered to the sidelines for ten minutes after the Quins gave away too many penalties in quick succession. Martin kicked his side back to within five points.


Aled Thomas and flanker Elis Lloyd combined to take play into the home twenty-two and the Whites’ defence was caught offside. Thomas kicked to the corner but Carmarthen were penalised for obstruction.


An error at a lineout gave Carmarthen a close range scrum and after giving away three penalties, referee Adam Jones’ patience snapped and he sent Tom Sloane to the sin-bin. On the next scrum he awarded the Quins a penalty try, which Aled Thomas converted.


With ten minutes left on the clock replacement hooker Paul John scored in the corner after a well worked short lineout. Martin’s conversion fell short of the posts.


It was to be the last major action of the match though as it petered out in the last few minutes with the home side struggling to make any inroads into the Quins’ defence.


Next up for the All Whites is a home match against Aberavon, while Carmarthen host neighbours Llanelli.


Full time:-   Swansea   14   Carmarthen   21


Swansea scorers:


Tries:-   Paul John (72)

Pens:-   Josh Martin (7, 40, 52)


Yellow cards:-   Tom Sloane (64)


Carmarthen scorers:


Tries:-   Lee Williams (5), Penalty try (65)

Cons:-   Aled Thomas (66)

Pens:-   Aled Thomas (24, 31, 41)


Yellow cards:-   Josh Middleton (52)


Match facts:


Venue:-   St Helen’s, Swansea

Referee:-   Adam Jones

Weather:-   Heavy rain, 18C

Man of the match:-   Lee Williams

Attendance:-   300


Swansea team:


15 Josh Martin

14 Richard Williams

13 Jedd Evans

12 David Watts

11 Andrew Rees-Spowart (rep: Josh Jones 54)

10 Rory Garrett (rep: Julian Mogg 41)

9 Rhodri Wells (rep: Martin Luckwell 74)

1 Tom Sloane

2 Ricky Guest (rep: Paul John 54)

3 Mitchell Walsh (rep: Richard Murphy 63)

4 Adam Thresher (rep: Gavin Ronan 66)

5 Tudor Hughes

6 Jon Vaughan ©

7 Mike Sully (rep: Jack Perkins 66)

8 Jon Fox (rep: Dan Kenny 64-74)




16 Paul John

17 Dan Kenny

18 Richard Murphy

19 Gavin Ronan

20 Jack Perkins

21 Martin Luckwell

22 Julian Mogg

23 Josh Jones


Carmarthen team:


15 Gavin Thomas

14 Dylan Morgans

13 Iolo Evans

12 John Williams

11 Lee Williams

10 Aled Thomas

9 Connor Lloyd (rep: Gareth George 73)

1 Nathan Williams (rep: Steffan Phillips 69)

2 Rhodri Clancy (rep: Torin Myhill 54)

3 Steffan Thomas (rep: Jevon Sebastian 21-32, 54)

4 Josh Helps (rep: Ben Thompson 71)

5 Haydn Pugh (rep: Steffan Marshall 60)

6 Shaun Jones

7 Elis Lloyd

8 Josh Middleton (rep: Roy Osborn 71)




16 Steffan Phillips

17 Torin Myhill

18 Javan Sebastian

19 Ben Thompson

20 Roy Osborn

21 Gareth George

22 Steffan Marshall

23 Keiron Jones


Attendance: 300

Official : Adam Jones (Wales)

Swansea Quins