Wales sevens stars Lee Williams and James Davies helped Quins seal a crucial Welsh Premiership derby victory over Llanelli at The Park.
For Llanelli defeat all but eliminates them from the league play-off stakes.
With a strong breeze in their favour, Carmarthen Quins were intent on building up a significant first-half lead. Outside-half Craig Evans set his side on their way with a fifth minute penalty, then Quins’ Davies crashed over after they drove impressively from a line-out.
He was followed over the line by sevens colleague Williams, the pacy full-back, who stepped over after a fine, long pass from Evans.
After converting, Evans added a second penalty to give Quins a 18-0 lead. But Llanelli, who had had No. 8 Ed Price sin-binned, opened their scoring in the 40th minute when centre Jonny Lewis ran in unopposed.
Llanelli’ looked to close the gap and busy scrum-half Justin James nipped down the blindside for his side’s second try.
Converted by Jones, that score brought Llanelli to within four points of their rivals. With more than 20 minutes left, it looked like it was anyone’s game. But home worries were eased when Evans was on target with his third penalty of the contest, 14 minutes from time.
In the end, fifth-placed Llanelli had to settle for a losing bonus point.
Scorers: Quins - tries: J Davies, L Williams; pens: C Evans (3); con: C Evans.
Llanelli - tries: J Lewis, J James; cons: D Jones (2).
Carmarthen Quins 21 -14 Llanelli RFC courtesy of walesonline