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Carmarthen Quins Away


By Corporalcarrot
December 18 2014

Last trip away in 2014 and although it was a dead rubber as far as progressing further in the competition for either team I enjoyed it anyway.

The messing about with venue and kick-off time meant my original plan to travel over on the Saturday went out of the window but the silver lining was I missed all the air traffic control hassle and after a 6 hour train journey from Southampton got to Llandovery before 8pm on Friday night. It was  dark by the time I got to Abertawe or Swansea as most people know it so I missed or was otherwise spared its attractions but the downside was I couldn't see the apparently wonderful scenery from the Heart of Wales Line up to Llandovery. Anyway I checked into the Kings Head and headed out looking for beer and banter which were plentiful.

 

There are loads of good pubs in Llandovery although the White Hall ultimately got my vote. Top beers for me were Gower Gold and some Christmas special which I tried in the Castle.

Next morning it was a tad cold after a heavy overnight frost so I did a did a tour of the Castle and then walked up to the ground to check the pitch was playable. It looked a bit frosty but in good condition although surprisingly narrow given all the space they had.

I went back into town for a late breakfast and got back to the ground about 12.30 in time to see the team bus arrive. I am a firm supporter of the B&I Cup and have thoroughly enjoyed visiting Dublin, Belfast and Ayr. The Welsh trips confuse me in that it is a bit unclear who you are actually playing. This game was nominally against Carmarthen Quins but the starting 15 had 5 Quins players together with 8 from Llanelli and 2 from Llandovery. Frankly I was happy to see Jersey play any or all of them but I was surprised that given the match was played at Llandovery they didn't pick more local lads or play in Llandovery or Scarlets kit to stimulate more local interest. The crowd was estimated at 2-300 and given the sparklingly sunny day in December it's a pity they couldn't generate more interest. Jersey's team reflected the dead rubber nature of the match and the importance of the game against Yorkies next week but that should take nothing away from the Quins performance. They can only play the team that faces them and they were worthy winners on the day.

For Jersey the positives were to see Williams back at tight head even for half a match, Phillips (who had an outstanding match) back at lock and the defensive shift put in by the centres particularly Bishop. Surely all three must start against Yorkies next week.  My Jersey man of the match was Alex Rae who gave a true captain's performance playing in his least favoured position in the back row.

The final score probably flattered Quins but in fairness it could easily be said that the score in the reverse match at St Peter flattered Jersey.

For Quins the fly half Jones had a good match as did Williams on the wing and Phillips in the back row.

Negatives for Jersey were down to not starting with Milo and not giving Robling a run-out. I fully understand the need to have the latter available against Yorkies but given that his family get so few opportunities to see him play it was a risk worth taking in my opinion. I hope to see his folks again in Penzance in the New Year.

Thanks to Phil Webb and all the other lads I met for a cracking couple of days.

Hwyl fawr am nawr & Wela i chi!

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