What the Papers Say - Huw S Thomas reports
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The Quins were huge favourites to win this Fosters Cup game at Carmarthen but ended up well beaten by a young, enthusiastic and adventurous Llandovery side.
The Quins had beaten Llandovery 19-13 at Church Bank and fielded a side with some very experienced first team regulars led by skipper Haydn Pugh but they could not match the crispness and fluency of the young Drovers
The Llandovery win threw pool 2 wide open with one game to go. The Quins are top on 19 points, Llandovery 16 and tonight’s (Wed) results will decide the pool winners. Llandovery travel to Swansea and the Quins are at home to Llanelli to make for an exciting end to the early stages of the Cup.
The Quins are still in the driving seat to head the pool but will have to play far better against Llanelli if they want to progress to the last four of the Cup.
Llandovery coach Euros Evans was full of praise for his young side. “We made the mistake of fielding too many inexperienced players in earlier cup games but we had a few old heads this time to bring on some of the young boys.”
Outstanding for the winners was flanker Duane Eager whose battling leadership up front showed the way forward. The ex-Bonymaen player has had limited opportunities such is the abundance of talent in the back row but he was the best forward on the field closely followed by locks Jake Baker and Joe Powell.
Powell is turning out to be real find since his transfer from Crymych , an agile and athletic line out jumper with the speed of an open side flanker as he showed by outstripping everyone to run in a try from 30 metres,
Centre Jack Price marked his Drovers debut with a brace of tries and there were telling contributions behind the scrum from full back Mike Evans, centre Craig Woodall and wing Jack Parkinson.
Scrum half Scott Gibson had an excellent game with his service allowing Man of the Match James Davies to pull the strings behind the scrum. Davies’s choice of options - by hand or boot - were well nigh faultless and he also put over all four conversions as well as two very difficult penalties.
Powell and Price got first half tries, Davies adding 10 points from the boot. Carmarthen tries from wing Iolo Evans and replacement scrum half Ifan Beynon-Thomas gave them a hope of revival but without a platform at the scrum their possession was never consistent.
Bold Llandovery attacking - orchestrated by the brilliant Davies - brought converted tries to debutant Price and wing Parkinson as the Drovers pulled impressively clear.
Man of the Match: James Davies (Llandovery)