Carmarthen Quins
2017/2018 Principality Premiership
Quins 10 v 6 Swansea
16 September 2017 - The Park, Carmarthen

Match Report

Carmarthen 10 Swansea 6

  • Hard-earned bonus point for Swansea
  • Downpour makes conditions at Carmarthen Park tricky
  • Controversial penalty try seals victory for Quins

By: Paul Hopkins


The All Whites fell to a close defeat at a soaking wet Carmarthen Park in a match that could have gone either way right up until the final play.


There were many encouraging signs for Richard Lancaster’s men as they went toe to toe with a tough Quins side, but were unable to break through their defence.


Swansea were awarded an early penalty after Carmarthen entered a maul offside, but full back Owen Howe missed his effort at goal.


Whites prop Hugh Gustafson was guilty of diving over the top of a ruck so fly half Aled Thomas chipped to the corner. Another three penalties in a row were given away, all for offside, and Thomas kicked to touch on each occasion, but outstanding defence by the St Helen’s men kept the Quins at bay.


It was the visitors who took the lead mid-way through the half when the Quins pack were penalised for failing to bind at a scrum. Howe kicked the three pointer.


Aled Thomas threw a clever dummy in midfield and found prop Javan Sebastian in support, who drove into the heart of the Whites’ defence. Winger Tom Williams then sprinted towards the line, but the supporting scrum half Aled Davies lost possession over the line.


When lock Jay Williams failed to take a lineout, a Garryowen by Aled Thomas caused panic in the Swansea defence with Howe failing to deal with the danger. Tom Williams was unable to capitalise though as the ball ran away from him with the line at his mercy.


The visitors almost scored on the stroke of half time when the Quins tried to play some elaborate soccer on the floor, but Tom Williams regathered to take the ball dead.


Half-time:-   Carmarthen   0   Swansea   3


Howe was handed a chance to extend the lead after the interval when the home side was penalised for a professional foul at the ruck, but he hit the post.


The full back made no mistake just a minute later from almost the exact same spot when the Carmarthen forwards dived into the ruck off their feet.


A box kick by scrum half Rhodri Wells was well dealt with by Quins winger Morgan Griffiths, and Tom Williams again looked like scoring, but another handling error brought an end to the move.


The home pack put huge pressure on their Swansea counterparts and pushed them off a scrum just five metres out from the try line. Referee Rhys Thomas controversially opted to award a penalty try.


Things went from bad to worse for the visitors when prop Richard Murphy was yellow carded for persistent infringement at the scrum.


Another massive scrum by the Quins pack earned them a penalty, which Aled Thomas duly converted.


In search of a match clinching try, the ever-lively Tom Williams made break on the wing, but was tackled into touch a metre short of the line. Then a driving maul from the lineout saw Aled Davies held up over the whitewash as the Swansea defence remained solid.


The visitors did have one final chance, and a good lineout take by Jay Williams on half way sent replacement flanker Morgan Morris rampaging forward. The supporting James Davies chipped ahead, but Griffiths picked up the loose ball and cleared.


Next up for Carmarthen is a home match against Bridgend, while Swansea host RGC 1404.


Full-time:-   Carmarthen   10   Swansea   6


Carmarthen scorers:


Tries:-   Penalty try (52)

Cons:-   Aled Thomas (52)

Pens:-   Aled Thomas (62)


Swansea scorers:


Pens:-   Owen Howe (24, 46)


Yellow cards:-   Richard Murphy (56)


Match facts:


Venue:-   Carmarthen Park, Carmarthen

Referee:-   Rhys Thomas

Weather:-   Heavy rain, 13C

Man of the match:-   Nathan Williams

Attendance:-   300


Carmarthen team:


15 Tom Prydie

14 Tom Williams

13 Nick Reynolds

12 Josh Batcup

11 Morgan Griffiths

10 Aled Thomas

9 Aled Davies

1 Nathan Williams (rep: Rhys Davies 63)

2 Rhodri Clancy (rep: Torin Myhill 54)

3 Javan Sebastian (rep: Steffan Thomas 70)

4 Josh Helps

5 Tom Price

6 Shaun Jones

7 Lewys Millen

8 Lee Taylor ©




16 Rhys Davies

17 Torin Myhill

18 Steffan Thomas

19 Rhys Minchin

20 Sion Colella

21 Ifan Beynon-Thomas

22 Shaun Marshall

23 Jack Price


Swansea team:


15 Owen Howe (rep: James Davies 67)

14 Andrew Claypole

13 Callum Carson

12 Rhys Williams

11 Tom Williams

10 Phil Jones

9 Rhodri Wells (rep: Josh Guy 54)

1 Hugh Gustafson

2 Ashley James (rep: Paul John 67)

3 Richard Murphy (rep: Will Jones 67)

4 Adam Thresher (rep: Morgan Morris 53)

5 Jay Williams

6 Jon Vaughan (rep: Rory Gallagher 58)

7 Will Jones (rep: Chris Thomas 58)

8 Jon Fox ©




16 Paul John

17 Jack Powell

18 Chris Thomas

19 Rory Gallagher

20 Morgan Morris

21 Josh Guy

22 James Davies

23 Jake Randell



Attendance: 300

Official : Rhys Thomas (Wales)

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