ABERAVON 12 CARMARTHEN QUINS 28
(by Wales Online)

Carmarthen Quins stunned in-form Aberavon to claim a convincing victory at the Talbot Athletic Ground in the Principality Premiership.

The Quins had lost their opening two games while Aberavon had sealed back-to-back victories but second-half tries from Nick Reynolds and Shaun Jones saw Carmarthen earn their first win of the season.

As expected hosts Aberavon started strongly and enjoyed the majority of possession in the opening minutes but Carmarthen Quins managed to take the lead against the run of play.

A stray Wizards pass was seized by Quins wing Tom Williams who sprinted to the try line to open the scoring. Fly-half Jac Wilson was accurate with the resulting conversion.

Frustration had barely set in for Aberavon when they drew level. From the restart, the ball found it’s way to Shaun Pearce on the left wing and he used his pace to dart over the whitewash and hit back for the hosts. Stef Williams’ conversion hit the post but bounced through.

Despite the quick response, Aberavon were struggling to find the form that had brought them 12 tries from their first two games and the Quins went back ahead when Wilson slotted home a penalty.

Most of the play was played in the middle of the park as both sides cancelled each other out but with half time beckoning, Carmarthen edged further ahead when replacement Dan Jones booted over a penalty to give them an unlikely six-point lead at the break.

Aberavon started the second half with more purpose and desire but frequent errors continued to halt their progress.

Carmarthen seemed happy to catch Aberavon on the counter and after repelling a number of attacks, the visitors broke up the field and won another penalty, which Jones was able to kick successfully.

This forced the hosts to make a few changes with James Garland coming on for his 100th Aberavon appearance.

But his introduction didn’t have the desired effect as Reynolds latched on to a forward kick to touch down for Quins. Jones added the conversion.

The Wizards’ frustrations were heightened even further minutes later as Jones crashed over for Carmarthen’s third try of the afternoon.

Aberavon threatened a late comeback after Stuart Nicholas went over but Carmarthen held on for a morale-boosting win.

Aberavon: Tries – S Pearce, S Nicholas; Con – S Williams.

Carmarthen Quins: Tries – T Williams, N Reynolds, S Jones; Cons – J Wilson, D Jones; Pens – J Wilson, D Jones (2).




Score:
Aberavon 12 - 28 Carmarthen Quins

Aberavon Team:
Jonathan Phillips (rep Liam Popham 67 min); Shaun Pearce, Will Price, Rheon James, Kane Teear-Bourge (rep Rob Dudley-Jones 64 min); Steffen Williams (rep James Garland 52 min), Jacob Flynn; Jordan Walters (rep Rowan Jenkins 52 min), Ieuan Davies (rep Marc Breeze 67 min), Jon Thomas (rep Rhys Henry 52 min), James Ratti (rep Stuart Nicholas 64 min), Ben Davies (rep Ben Jones 49 min), Lee Purnell (capt), Ben Thomas, Craig Price.

James Garland made his 100th appearance for Aberavon.
Kane Teear-Bourge appeared from Rhiwbina RFC; Stuart Nicholas appeared from Waunarlwydd RFC; Jordan Walters, James Ratti, Rowan Jenkins & Rhys Henry appeared from the Ospreys

Aberavon Scorers:
T - Shaun Pearce, Stuart Nicholas
C - Steffen Williams

Carmarthen Quins Scorers:
T - Tom Williams, Nick Reynolds, Shaun Jones
C - Jac Wilson, Dan Jones
PG - Jac Wilson, Dan Jones (2)

Referee:
Elgan Williams

Man Of The Match:
1 - Jacob Flynn
2 - Shaun Pearce
3 - Ben Davies

Time Line:
Carmarthen - T - Tom Williams & C - Jac Wilson (0 - 7)
Aberavon - T - Shaun Pearce & C - Steffen Williams (7 - 7)
Carmarthen - PG - Jac Wilson (7 - 10)
Carmarthen - PG - Dan Jones (7 - 13)
Half Time
Carmarthen - PG - Dan Jones (7 - 16)
Carmarthen - T - Nick Reynolds & C - Dan Jones (7 - 23)
Carmarthen - T - Shaun Jones (7 - 28)
Aberavon - T - Stuart Nicholas (12 - 28)
Full Time