Last-gasp agony for Quins

CAR­MARTHEN QUINS...19 EBBW VALE.....................20

Carmarthen Journal - - Midweek Sport -

EMYR Phillips was left ru­ing missed op­por­tu­ni­ties by his Car­marthen Quins side that left them kick­ing them­selves for miss­ing out on an ex­tended WRU Na­tional Cup run after work­ing their way into the lead with 10 min­utes to go.

But a se­cond de­feat of the sea­son to the Steel­men – they lost to them 20-8 in the Prin­ci­pal­ity Premier­ship in Novem­ber – means at least the Quins can now con­cen­trate on the league and look to get some of their in­jured play­ers back on the field.

“Ev­ery­one wants a good cup run be­cause it is some­thing fresh and new in a sea­son. Go­ing out at this stage will al­low us to fo­cus on the Premier­ship and gives us a few free week­ends to use for re­cov­ery for in­jured play­ers,” said head coach Phillips. “It was a tough de­feat to take, es­pe­cially after we took the lead, but it was one of those games that could have gone ei­ther way.

“We had our chances to win it, but just as we went up one end of the field and looked like scor­ing, they would break away and go the length of the field the other way. Then they got that fi­nal penalty to go ahead again.”

So of­ten a match­win­ner for the Steel­men this sea­son, ex-Dragons fly-half Rhys Jones was again in­stru­men­tal in guid­ing his side into the se­cond round with a penalty in each half and con­ver­sion of back-row man Lewis Young’s firsthalf try.

When it mat­tered most, he held his nerve to land a wide-an­gled penalty five min­utes from time to seal vic­tory for Ebbw Vale after the Quins had worked their way into a win­ning po­si­tion.

The Quins went into the break 17-13 down, but then bat­tled back to take a two-point lead into the clos­ing min­utes.

Jones opened the scor­ing with a third-minute strike, but home fullback Aled Thomas quickly replied with the first of his four penal­ties.

The power of the Ebbw Vale scrum earned them a penalty try to re­gain the lead, but Quins’ young cen­tre Osian Knott popped up in the right place at the right time to score a try that Thomas im­proved to level the scores again.

“Osian did very well for us once again and he al­ways seems to get the luck of the bounce and ap­pear in the right place. He is still only 18, but he looks to have a very bright fu­ture ahead of him,” added Phillips.

Young then sprinted 20 me­tres to bag the Steel­men’s se­cond try on the half-hour. Jones con­verted, but Thomas pegged back three points on the stroke of half-time.

Thomas’s third penalty made it a one-point game and the Quins fi­nally hit the front with his fourth suc­cess. Ebbw weren’t fin­ished, though, and Jones had the last word with his match­win­ner.

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