‘Too little, too late’ from Bedwas in home defeat PREMIERSHIP
BEDWAS ....................... 17 CARMARTHEN QUINS 31
CARMARTHEN Quins bounced back from their home defeat by Cardiff with a bonus-point victory over an under-strength Bedwas side.
That defeat by Cardiff was their first on home soil this season, but the West Walians responded in the best possible way at Bridge Field.
Dylan Morgans’ firsthalf brace along with tries from Lee Taylor and Aron Hemmings and 11 points from the boot of Aled Thomas secured the win.
Quins assistant coach Craig Evans said: “The boys reacted well to the Cardiff defeat where didn’t put in the best of performances.
“We worked hard on our performance and challenged the boys in training leading into this game and it came to fruition.
“It was good to get the bonus point, especially at Bedwas where it’s always tough to visit.”
Taylor forced his way over for the opening try on 12 minutes with Thomas converting, but Bedwas hit back immediately when Steffan Jones kicked a penalty after Quins were offside at a ruck. An outstanding passing move on 18 minutes saw Quins notch up their second try as winger Morgans weaved his way through to score under the sticks with Thomas converting.
Just before the break, Morgans went over for his second and Quins’ third score, which Thomas improved to make it 21-3 at the turnaround.
Bedwas were first on the board in the second half when skipper Alun Rees set up Adam Williams to score in the corner. Jones converted. It was a reverse situation on 53 minutes when Williams fed Rees for Bedwas’ second try.
Jones converted well and they were just four points down.
But Quins increased their lead after Hemmings tapped a penalty to run home for the bonus-point try.
Thomas converted to bring the score to 28-17 before adding a penalty with four minutes to go.
Evans added: “We could have clinched the bonus point before half-time as we had about four or five chances to do that, but equally we were pleased to have already scored three tries before the break.”
Meanwhile, Bedwas head coach Ian Gardner said: “Our first-half performance wasn’t good enough.
“Carmarthen were accurate, played some good rugby and deserved to be 21-3 up at half-time.
“We had a bit of a comeback but I think it was too little too late.
“Then the quick-tap penalty where they scored the try was the turning point of the game.
“It was quick thinking by them to score.”
Aron Hemmings of Carmarthen Quins