THE Sun beat down on the Velodrome at the Park in Carmarthen as both the Carmarthen Quins and All Whites of Swansea took to the field.
With both teams in mid table, the form book suggested a close encounter and indeed this game didn’t disappoint.
But before kick off both teams paid their respects to the sad loss of Paul Rees last Weekend.
The Quins were led out today by Elis Lloyd on his 204th appearance for his club.
The first half of this game was an aperitite for what was to happen after the interval.
After 27 minutes the Quins finally decided to take the three points on offer to open the scoring.
They had turned down two previous kickable penalties and opted for scrummages instead but spurned their opportunities.
So at the third attempt and with a Whites player yellow carded it was left to Quin’s Aled Thomas to slot the kick over the posts 3-0.
Six minutes later the Quins added to their lead when Jevan Sabastian scored a try which was converted by Aled Thomas, 10-0.
With half time approaching the Whites were more combative and earned a penalty kick to reduce the deficit. Up stepped Phil Jones to open the Whites account and make it 10-3 at the break.
The second half saw both teams going for the result. Within ten minutes of the restart Phil Jones slotted another penalty kick to make it 10-6.
Within minutes the Quins had a penalty of their own and Aled Thomas took full advantage, 13-6.
With 55 minutes gone and the game to and fro, another penalty to the Whites and Phil Jones scored his third penalty kick of the game to take the score to 13-9.
Just when the Whites thought they were getting close another Aled Thomas penalty soon followed, 16-9.
With the clock counting down it seemed that Aled Thomas had taken this game by the scruff of the neck an landed his fourth penalty of the game, 19-9.
However, the Whites stepped into overdrive and forced the home team to concede a number of penalties and from the resulting play the Whites crossed the line to reduce the score to 19-14.
A quick glance at the bench and a decision was taken to drop goal the conversion which was nonchalantly taken and sailed over between the posts 19-16
With the home crowd looking at their watches, the Whites regained possession and drove their way back to the home team’s 22 and from a resulting play up stepped Whites’ hero Alex Jeffries who bombed over the line from a few yards out near the touch line to ground the ball.
For a split second Supporters held their breath until the referee signalled what was the winning score. An incredible Whites comeback was complete as they earned a 19-21 win.
The try went unconverted and the final whistle blew leaving the Whites misery of losing in the Cup last Saturday well and truly behind them.
For the Quins, it was a case of what might have been.