Carmarthen Quins 21 - 15 Aberavon
Posted by Gareth Gange on 03/02/2018
(by Marina Jones)
The Wizards travelled to Carmarthen Park for the second time this season, hoping to avenge November’s defeat to the Quins. There were just two changes from the side that lost down at Rodney Parade five days earlier; Luke Davies returned at hooker and Jacob Blackmore took the number 8 shirt.
We had to wait until the 29th minute for the first score of the game; it came from the Quins, an unconverted try taking the score to 5-0. However, it must be said that the Wizards probably had the better of the opening half an hour, both sides admittedly slow to get out of the blocks in the biting cold.
We were forced into an early substitution when centre Rheon James took a knock the head. The versatile Stuart Nicholas replaced him and soon made an impact. A wonderful break from Stef Andrews cut the Quins defence in half and he sent Nicholas in for the score. Steffen Williams converted and just four minutes later we scored again. Stef Andrews was having a magic 5 minutes. A nice passage of play from the backs sent Andrews flying down the wing with just two Quins players to beat. He chipped over the back of the defence and dived American Football style to score in the corner, when it looked inevitable that the ball would bounce into touch! A better finish you would struggle to see at any level of rugby. Stef certainly looks as if he is finding the form that saw him become one of the most lethal finishers in the Premiership over the past few seasons. This will be music to the ears of every Aberavon fan!
The score at half time was 12-5 to the Wizards and we added to this with a penalty early in the second half. The Quins struck back almost immediately with a converted try and added a penalty in the 54th minute to tie the scores. The game ebbed and flowed form there, both defences cancelling each other out and chances were limited. We succumbed to injuries in the front row as we went into the last quarter of the match. Luke Davies hobbled off to be replaced by Ieuan Davies and replacement prop Mike Burgess was himself replaced by Tomos Northey. The Quins forwards took advantage of the tiring Wizards pack and began to get a stranglehold up front. They forced two penalties in the last 10 minutes to take the game beyond us and it finished 21-15 to the Quins.
Wizards fans will be pleased with the endeavour shown, especially during the first half and our back play certainly looked sharper. Stuart Nicholas gave a good account of himself out of position and Purnell and Banfield were ever present. On the night when Cwmavon boy Rhys Henry made his Wales Under 20’s debut, it was encouraging to see Aberavon Quins’s Callum Beynon, make his first appearance for the Wizards.
The last word goes to Joe Tomalin-Reeves who led the Wizards out on his 100th game for the club. At just 24 years old, he has already cemented his place in Aberavon history and there is surely so much more to come from him. Well done Joe!
We are home next week against Swansea, kick off is at 1:30, ahead of Wales v England.
Come and join us for a double header of rugby!
Carmarthen Quins 21 - 15 Aberavon
Chris Banfield; Shaun Pearce, Will Price (capt), Rheon James (rep Stuart Nicholas 13 min), Stef Andrews; Steffen Williams, Jacob Flynn (rep Iwan Temblett 84 min); Rhys Forse (rep Jon Thomas 80 min), Luke Davies (rep Ieuan Davies 50 min), Jon Thomas (rep Mike Burgess 54 min, rep Tomas Northey 67 min), Ben Thomas (rep Callum Beynon 73 min), Ben Jones, Lee Purnell, Jacob Blackmore (rep Luke Joseph 54 min), Joe Tomalin-Reeves.
Joe Tomalin-Reeves made his 100th club appearance. Callum Beynon made his club debut.
Replacement not used: Rob Dudley-Jones.
Jacob Blackmore appeared from Waunarlwydd RFC; Iwan Temblett appeared from Trebanos RFC; Tomas Northey appeared from Gowerton RFC; Callum Beynon appeared from Aberavon Quins RFC.
T - Stuart Nicholas, Stef Andrews
C - Steffen Williams
PG - Steffen Williams
T - Aron Hemmings, Dale Ford
C - Jac Wilson
PG - Jac Wilson (3)
Man Of The Match:
1 - Lee Purnell
2 - Stef Andrews
3 - Steffen Williams
29 min: Carmarthen - T - Aron Hemmings (5 - 0)
36 min: Aberavon - T - Stuart Nicholas & C - Steffen Williams (5 - 7)
40 min: Aberavon - T - Stef Andrews (5 - 12)
40+5 min: Half Time
41 min: Aberavon - PG - Steffen Williams (5 - 15)
43 min: Carmarthen - T - Dale Ford & C - Jac Wilson (12 - 15)
54 min: Carmarthen - PG - Jac Wilson (15 - 15)
70 min: Carmarthen - PG - Jac Wilson (18 - 15)
80+2 min: Carmarthen - PG - Jac Wilson (21 - 15)
80+6 min: Full Time