Quins pro­duce some magic mo­ments to sink Wizards

Wales On Sunday - - WELSH PREMIERSHIP -

CARMARTHEN Quins stunned in­form 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. Jac Wil­son was ac­cu­rate with the re­sult­ing con­ver­sion.

Aber­avon drew level when Shaun Pearce 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 six­point lead at the break.

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 kicked 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 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).

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