2015/2016 Principality Premiership
Llanelli 30 v 16 Quins
03 October 2015 - Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
Carmarthen Quins

Match Report

Bonus point home win

Billy McBryde, son of Wales assistant coach Robin, was impressive as Llanelli claimed a comfortable win against the Quins.

Llanelli won their first game of the season – and claimed a bonus point in the process - when they overcame fierce local rivals Carmarthen Quins in a closely fought derby.

They owed the much awaited victory to the hard work of a combative pack under lock Adam Powell and some impressive running and kicking from fly-half Billy McBryde under the watchful eye of father Robin.

There was relief all round at Parc Y Scarlets but the home side were deserved winners, their appetite for the combat markedly superior to a rather listless Quins outfit.

Llanelli started the better when a patient build up ended with a try from lock Rhydian Gierat after a clever cross field kick from McBryde had turned the defence.

McBryde converted from a narrow angle but the Quins responded when a long pass from skipper and fly half Craig Evans got wing Chris Banfield sliding in at the corner.

Evans then put in a deft chip for the nippy Banfield to slip an inside pass for centre Iolo Evans to race clear and make the fly half’s conversion a formality.

Back came Llanelli and although full back Gareth Walters was held up on the line, the impressive McBryde cleverly wrestled his way over to bring the scores level.

A Craig Evans penalty got the lead back and the fly half kept his side going forward with some pin point punting only for a McBryde penalty to tie the scores at 16-16 at the break.

Walters and wing Matthew Owen butchered between them a golden opportunity for a home try but flanker Josh Macleod burst smartly away from a close range scrum for McBryde to convert well for a 24-16 lead.

An injury to skipper Evans disrupted the Quins and the home pack side took control with replacements Elliot Rees, Chris Long and Taylor Davies adding a lot of gusto to the home effort.

And it was fitting that bustling flanker Rees got the bonus point try at the end to reward all the graft and craft of his fellow forwards.


Llanelli : Tries - R Gierat, B McBryde, J Macleod, E Rees; Cons - B McBryde (2) Pen - B McBryde

Carmarthen Quins : Tries - C Banfield, I Evans; Con - C Evans; Pen - C Evans


Llanelli 30 -16 Carmarthen Quins

courtesy of Wales Online

Official : Simon Rees (Wales)

Llanelli Quins