The young enterprising Quins team won at Parc Y Scarlets for the first time by the tightest of margins in what was a great advert for the next generation of Scarlet rugby.
Both sides had changed over half their squad from the previous Saturday fixtures following wins at the Gnoll and the Bridgend for Llanelli and Carmarthen respectively.
Play was fast and furious from the kick off with both sides playing with pace and width. Strangely the score remained 0 – 0 until the 17th minute when a great off load from Quins wing Banfield and support play from young former Carmarthen Athletic Youth flanker Will Boyde, to open the scoring which Craig Evans converted.
Evans then made it 10-0 on 29 minutes with a well struck touchline penalty. The accurate Josh Lewis replied 3 minutes later and despite bombing some easy opportunities Duane Eager eventually touched down in the left hand corner for Josh Lewis to convert to end the half all square.
The Quins came out of the blocks in the second half and scored a lovely try from centre Dylan Morgans within a minute of the restart, again converted from the touchline.
Both outside half’s were in fine kicking form and Josh added two more penalties with Evans one to make it 16-20 with 17 minutes remaining.
Two yellow cards for the Quins and one for Llanelli had given the homesters the numerical advantage. But yet again the inability to recognize when to ‘offload’ seems to be the ‘achilles heel’ with the Llanelli team ending in far too many unforced errors.
With Josh Lewis having to be replaced through injury with Nic Damjanovic, wing Gareth Walters took over the kicking duties and in the 68th minute brought his team back to within a point but unfortunately missed his last two efforts which could have won the day.
What was refreshing about evening, was the way both sides wanted to play and and entertain the crowd and maybe had the ‘man in the middle’ been as positive as both sets of coaches and players in his approach, it could have very well been a classic.
Never the less it was a great advert for the Principality Premiership and the Scarlet region.
Llanelli RFC 19 -20 Carmarthen Quins