CARMARTHEN QUINS held on to earn a thrilling 27-25 win over Cardiff in the Indigo Premiership on Saturday (Jan 8).
The win moves the Quins to the top of the table as they took advantage of being the only game to be played across the weekend.
It was Cardiff who started the better though and they went ahead with only five minutes on the clock as some excellent handling from the backs found Theo Cabango to race over the line. Jack Maynard added the extras for a 7-0 lead.
A knock on from Carmarthen presented the home side with another chance to score but a knock on by the men in Blue just inches from the line ended their attack.
Midway through the half the Quins kicked into the corner and they were able to power over to score their first points of the game.
The try was scored by Ben Leung and was converted by Steffan Marshall.
Straight from the kick off, Cardiff turned the ball over and won a penalty in the middle of the 22. Maynard called for the tee and he sent his kick through the posts to put Cardiff back in the lead at 10-7.
With three minutes to go the Quins were penalised for being offside and Maynard was again successful with the penalty to make it 13-7.
However, on the stroke of half time the Quins scored their second try as some good hands resulted in a try for Kalum Evans, again converted by Marshall to put the visitors into the lead.
The Quins started the second half well and their early pressure paid off as Leon Randell scored under the posts and Marshall again added the extras to make it 13-21.
Again the home side were straight out of the blocks from the kick off as James Beal charged down a clearance kick and he was able to gather the ball and score the try.
It was then Cardiff’s turn to be caught offside and Marshall landed a long-distance penalty to increase the Quins’ advantage to 18-24.
Cardiff looked to respond again and put big pressure on the Quins only to be held up over the line.
Marshall then increased the Quins lead with a penalty and the home side would need at least two tries to get back into the lead.
Some great play by Cardiff then resulted in Ioan Evans going over and Maynard added the extras to bring his side to within two points.
There was a late chance for Cardiff to snatch the win with a penalty but Maynard saw his effort sail wide of the posts.
The Quins held on for an excellent win and they will now look to build on their impressive win.
Carmarthen Quins have seen their next game at home against Swansea postponed and their next fixture is scheduled for Saturday, January 22, when they face Cardiff again at the Arms Park in the quarter finals of the WRU Premiership Cup.