Phillips: Sardis Road vic­tory has si­lenced the doubters

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CAR­MARTHEN Quins coach Emyr Phillips said his team had si­lenced the doubters af­ter they ham­mered Pon­typridd.

The West Walians pro­duced a clinical dis­play at Sardis Road as wing Dy­lan Mor­gans ended with a brace of tries in a bonus-point suc­cess.

“I’m re­ally chuffed. The boys have worked re­ally hard this week and peo­ple have been doubt­ing us through­out the year so to come to a place like Pon­typridd and win is huge,” Phillips said.

“As a coach­ing group, we’re con­fi­dent that if we put our A game to­gether we can beat any­one in this league.

“We’ve shown that by turn­ing over Ebbw Vale and now Pon­typridd.”

For­mer Scar­lets hooker Phillips saw his team open the scor­ing from the boot of Jac Wil­son and add their first try when Mor­gan Grif­fiths broke free on the left and passed back in­side to full-back Dale Ford. Wil­son con­verted to put his side 10-0 ahead.

Things went from bad to worse for Pon­typridd when Quins winger Mor­gans chipped over the top and showed good pace to col­lect for an im­pres­sive score.

Pon­typridd hit back be­fore the break when Lewis Wil­liams sold the de­fence a lovely dummy and con­verted his own try.

No. 8 Lewys Millin forced his way over from five yards to put Quins back in con­trol at the be­gin­ning of the sec­ond half.

Alex Web­ber got a try back for Pon­typridd on the hour mark as he showed quick feet to evade a cou­ple of tack­les and reached out to score, but Quins se­cured a try bonus point when Do­minic Booth pow­ered over from close range and Wil­son con­verted.

There was still time for Mor­gans to score Quins’ fifth try in the fi­nal few min­utes.

Pon­typridd as­sis­tant coach Paul Matthews said: “When you make that many er­rors against a good Car­marthen Quins side you’re go­ing to strug­gle and that’s ex­actly what hap­pened.

“I felt we fell into the trap of try­ing to play too much at times. We got caught in the mid­dle third and it didn’t come off.”

PON­TYPRIDD – Tries: L Wil­liams, A Web­ber; Con: L Wil­liams.

CAR­MARTHEN QUINS – Tries: D Ford, D Mor­gans (2), L Millin, D Booth; Cons: J Wil­son (2); Pen: J Wil­son.

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