Aberavon 32 Carmarthen Quins 35
CARMARTHEN secured their first win in four games in all competitions and kept their extremely slim hopes of making the end of season play-offs alive owing largely to ex-Aberavon number eight Rory Gallacher’s whose two tries helped secure a bonus point win.
To say the Quin’s hopes of making the play-offs are slim is an understatement of massive proportions on my part, what they in fact need is a minor miracle to make the end of season spectacle.
With just one game left to play, Quins already find themselves two points adrift of third-placed Cross Keys, but Cross Keys have a game in hand. The Quins need a win (ideally need a bonus point win) on Saturday if it is not to be their final game of the season, but seeing as they line up against runaway leaders Pontypridd this in itself seems an unlikely proposition.
Coupled with this they would also need Cross Keys to lose both of their games and not pick up bonus points in the process, as they play bottom two placed Bridgend twice, this again seems an unlikely proposition. Throw into this an Ebbw Vale victory versus Cardiff and the Quins fans may well enjoy an end of season play-off game. Although with the sides current form they may be of the viewpoint that it would be better to cut the losses on the 2014/15 campaign and start planning for next year.
Despite the weather providing near perfect rugby conditions it took until the eighteen minute mark for the deadline to be broken. Scrum-half Kieran Hardy spotted an opportunity to break and snuck under the posts for a fine score which was converted easily by Dan Jones.
Hardy was involved again for the Quins’ second score as he spotted another gap and put Gavin Thomas in under the sticks, leaving Jones with a simple conversion.
A penalty on the stroke of half-time by Ceiron Thomas got Aberavon on the board and left the hosts trailing 14-3 at the interval.
The Aberavon fans will have been forgiven for thinking the game was over, when five minutes after half-time their former backrower Gallagher powered his way over the line for Carmarthen’s third, which was again converted.