Carmarthen Quins 35 RGC 22
Saturday 20th October
RGC fell to their 1st away defeat of the season at Carmarthen. In a fairly even opening 50 minutes the home side took advantage of a miss-firing RGC line-out to score a try and turn the game in their favour and went on to claim the Bonus Point win.
The match opened in frantic fashion with both sides attacking with pace from the whistle. Winger Afon Bagshaw was first to have a go, before turnover ball for Quins and they raced up the field to test RGC.
Dale Ford was proving a good outlet for the home side down the left wing, and a couple of times he broke the gainline.
Carmarthen took the lead with an Aled Thomas penalty after 10 minutes, and the whistle was going against RGC on a number of occasions.
The home side were having the better of the play and began to cause some problems to the North Walians. As with the past couple of games RGC were giving the ball away on a few occasions, which was easing any pressure on Quins.
RGC did grab the opening try, and it came from some broken play. Winger Sam Jones collected a loose pass on halfway chipped the ball ahead before Dion Jones picked it up and ran in to score. McBryde added the extras.
Quins answered back a minute later, after RGC couldn’t deal with the restart and Dylan Morgan went over in the corner.
RGC regained the lead with a McBryde penalty, but once again they didn’t cope with the restart and pressure was back on them. That pressure increased with a Josh Leach yellow card before Quins winger Morgan grabbed his 2nd try of the game.
Credit to RGC as they defended with a man down, and as the game neared the break they built some good phases but couldn’t break through the Quins 22 metre line but ended the half in postive attacking fashion.
The 2nd half opened as a midfield battle as both sides battled to take control of the game. Space on the pitch started to appear, as the pace and tackling began to take its toll.
Bagshaw found a gap but was pulled back when it looked like an overlap was on. Hooker scrum-half made a break but knocked as he began to race away.
Quins continued to attack, and once again tested the RGC defence. The visitors again gave the ball away to easily, and when Rhys Williams knocked on the halfway line pressure was put back on his side.
Carmarthen had a couple of scrums on the RGC 5 meter line, and the Gogs did brilliantly to win a penalty to ease the building pressure. If that gave them confidence, then the resulting line-out knocked the wind from their sails and turned the game. They lost the ball on the throw in and Shaun Thomas grabbed the opportunity and punished them with the try. Aled Thomas added the conversion.
From the restart McBryde’s kick went into to touch, and once again Quins had possession and the chance to control the play. RGC's confidence was clearly knocked, and the momentum was with the homeside, and they pushed on with ball in hand.
The game slipped away from RGC, and the assured boot of Thomas added a couple more penalties make sure Carmarthen were out of reach.
Nothing really went right for RGC in the second half, with some poor choices off when to pass and they failed to make inroads into the Quins 22 meter line. The home side were not really tested in defence, mainly due to RGC’s lack of edge on composure with the ball.
Quins ended the game with the bonus point try after the maul rumbled over and Hayden Pugh put the ball down. Thomas added the extras.
RGC did get on the scoreboard with a couple of late tries with replacements Jordan Scott and Cam Davies crossing the whitewash. McBryde added a conversion but it was nothing apart from mere consolation.