What a good advert for the Principality Premiership this Regional ‘derby’ turned out to be at Carmarthen Park.
Llanelli, playing their third away game in succession, were first of the blocks winning and maintaining lots of early possession.
But it was the Quins who opened the scoring from the impressive Dan Jones on 9 minutes, which was cancelled out by Josh Lewis five minutes later who was also in fine form after a long-term injury.
Good continuity play created space for wing Josh Adams and he finished the move with Josh Lewis converting from near the touchline.
Quins then started to control proceedings for long periods and a good gain line break from Rhys Williams saw excellent support from wing GavinThomas to touch down under the posts which Jones converted.
Two fine penalties from Lewis and one from Jones kept the new electronic scoreboard turning but further Quins pressure, as the first half came to an end, saw them rewarded with a well worked try from Dylan Morgan who touched down in the right hand corner which Jones duly converted. Jones then added another penalty for a Quins 23-16 half time lead.
The second half remained evenly balanced with both defences being continually tested and the half was scoreless until 10 minutes from the end when things really sparked. Scarlets full back Jordan Williams reduced the Quins lead with a penalty then the sponsors man of the match GavinThomas scored his second try for the home team, again converted by Jones.
Jordan Williams ended the scoring with a brilliant individual try from half -way which will surely be a strong contender for the Principality Premiership try of the season, Jordan converted and the Quins held out the last couple of minutes for a deserved victory.
Carmarthen 30 -26 Llanelli RFC
Llanelli play their first home game of the season this Friday October 3rd against Neath at Parc Y Scarlets with a 7.15pm kick off.