(Above: Andrew Claypole cuts through the Quins' defence for Swansea's 3rd try - (C) Dragon Tales Photography)
- Five tries for star winger Jack Price
- First half bonus point for Carmarthen in dominant performance
- Huge improvement up front for second half Whites
By: Paul Hopkins
The All Whites were put to the sword by a clinical Carmarthen Quins side with star winger Jack Price scoring five tries.
The visitors came into the match having tasted victory in the last 11 matches between the two sides.
Quins struck after just five minutes when a superb break by centre Nick Reynolds created space for the backs to create an overlap for Price to race clear to score. Full back Aled Thomas converted.
Price looked to threaten out wide again after taking a long pass, but this time he was bundled into touch on the twenty-two.
A superb kick to the corner by former All Whites’ fly half Jac Wilson landed in touch just two metres from the try line. A poor lineout was stolen by number eight Lawrence Reynolds, who fell over the line to score. Aled Thomas converted.
Quins hooker Rhodri Clancy was penalised for a one-handed tap down and full back Owen Howe found touch with his kick. Lock Matt Dodd collected the lineout, but the visitors easily defused a chip and chase by fly half James Davies.
The dominant visitors scored a third try following a routine lineout by using their backs well, before a long pass out wide saw Price beat the defending winger Andrew Claypole to score his second try. Aled Thomas missed the conversion.
Carmarthen were almost in again when centre Josh Batcup pounced on a loose ball, but the Whites’ defence managed to regroup to force a drop twenty-two.
When flanker Jay Williams was penalised for straying in front of a kick, Wilson found touch deep inside the Swansea twenty-two. However, Williams made up for his error by stealing the lineout to allow his side to clear.
Carmarthen secured a bonus point in spectacular fashion when the backs showed superb handling skills and pace to send Price over for his hat trick. Aled Thomas missed the conversion.
Gavin Thomas took the ball at pace and sprinted over half way, but a crucial ankle tap by scrum half Josh Guy saved a certain try.
Swansea mounted a rare attack, but Davies was brought down after dummying past a defender. Play was brought back after the Quins’ defence were penalised for offside in midfield and Howe kicked to the corner. Winger Liam Smith looked certain to score, but lost the ball forward over the line.
Then it was the turn of Claypole to try to break through, but he was brought down on the twenty-two. The supporting lock Sam Kiley tried to power onwards, but found himself wrapped up in the tackle, surrendering possession at a maul.
A powerful scrum by the Quins pack created a platform for Gavin Thomas to race down the wing. A dangerous tackle gifted the visitor a penalty and Wilson kicked to the corner. The pack mauled forward from the lineout and Dodd killed the ball, earning him a yellow card.
Wilson again opted to chip to the corner, but this time his side lost the ball forward at the maul.
Half-time:- Swansea 0 Carmarthen 24
Swansea looked to attack immediately after the restart, but Davies lost possession and prop Rhys Davies gathered the loose ball to spark a Quins attack. Scrum half Ifan Beynon-Thomas then made a break down the wing and chipped through, but he was unable to regather the ball.
The visitors mauled forward from a lineout and Nick Reynolds spotted a gap, before throwing an inside pass to send Gavin Thomas over for a try. Aled Thomas converted.
Offside in midfield by the Carmarthen defence gave Swansea a penalty. Replacement full back Gareth Walters kicked to the corner, but the pack spilled the ball forward.
The home pack began to motor well in the second half and when the drove their Quins counterparts off a scrum, replacement prop Gethin Robinson was sent to the sin-bin. A similar offence occurred at the next set piece, giving referee Steve Jenkins no option but to award a penalty try.
A good break by Williams started another Whites attack and he found replacement flanker Aled Cockwell in support. The Quins were penalised for offside and Walters kicked to the corner. A clever crossfield kick by centre Jedd Evans forced replacement scrum half Aled James to take the ball dead.
From the resulting scrum an advancing Whites pack earned a second penalty try.
The visitors were soon back in command though when replacement fly half Matthew Owen injected pace into proceedings to send Price over for his fourth try. Aled Thomas converted.
There was still time for Price to cap off a wonderful performance with a fifth try after the Quins’ backs stretched the Whites defence to allow him to race clear to score. Aled Thomas missed the conversion.
Swansea grabbed a consolation try through Claypole when he took a clever inside pass to sprint under the posts. Davies drop kicked the conversion.
Next up for Swansea is a trip to Premiership West leaders RGC 1404, while Carmarthen travel to Bridgend.
Full-time:- Swansea 21 Carmarthen 43
Tries:- Penalty tries (60, 69), Andrew Claypole (80+5)
Cons:- James Davies (80+6)
Yellow cards:- Matt Dodd (40+7)
Tries:- Jack Price (5, 22, 32, 78, 80+1), Lawrence Reynolds (14), Gavin Thomas (47)
Cons:- Aled Thomas (6, 15, 48, 79)
Yellow cards:- Gethin Robinson (60)
Venue:- St Helen’s, Swansea
Referee:- Steve Jenkins
Weather:- Light cloud, 6C
Man of the match:- Jack Price
15 Owen Howe (rep: Gareth Walters 48)
14 Andrew Claypole
13 Callum Carson (rep: Jake Randell 69)
12 Jedd Evans
11 Liam Smith
10 James Davies
9 Josh Guy (rep: Tom Ham 53)
1 Tom Sloane (rep: Jack Powell 69)
2 Paul John (rep: Ashleigh James 48)
3 Richard Murphy (rep: Chris Thomas 76)
4 Sam Kiley (rep: Adam Thresher 60)
5 Matt Dodd
6 Jon Vaughan (rep: Aled Cockwell 48)
7 Jay Williams
8 Rory Gallagher
16 Ashleigh James
17 Jack Powell
18 Chris Thomas
19 Adam Thresher
20 Aled Cockwell
21 Tom Ham
22 Gareth Walters
23 Jake Randell
15 Aled Thomas
14 Jack Price
13 Nick Reynolds
12 Josh Batcup
11 Gavin Thomas (rep: Rhys Davies 60-66) (rep: Matthew Owen 78)
10 Jac Wilson (rep: Steffan Marshall 66)
9 Ifan Beynon-Thomas (rep: Aled James 76)
1 Rhys Davies (rep: Gethin Robinson 56)
2 Rhodri Clancy (rep: Sion Jones 78)
3 Kernsley Mathias (rep: Connor Allen 52)
4 Shaun Jones
5 Haydn Pugh ©
6 Richard Bloomfield
7 Lewys Millin (rep: Elis Lloyd 76)
8 Lawrence Reynolds (rep: Sion Colella 78)
16 Gethin Robinson
17 Sion Jones
18 Connor Allen
19 Sion Colella
20 Elis Lloyd
21 Aled James
22 Steffan Marshall
23 Matthew Owen