Carmarthen Quins made a flying start to this Premiership game at the The Park as they scored in the first five minutes. The Blue & Blacks seemed to have forgotten how to tackle as wing Rhys Thomas scored un-opposed in the corner. Five minutes later and the lead was double. Reuben Tucker had been sent for a ten minute rest and during his absence the visitors conceded another try where tackling seemed to be optional.
This time flanker Ellis Lloyd the beneficiary. Aled Thomas added the extras and also converted Quins third try that came in the twentieth minute as Jason Harries was able to squeeze in after a series of rucks.
That seemed to wake Cardiff from their slumbers as first a short range penalty was kicked to the corner. The resulting line out saw Nathan Trevett crash over from short range. Gareth Davies converted and brought the visitors closer with a penalty from wide out. Cardiff were having the better of the second period and their final reward was another Davies penalty shortly before half time following pressure on the Quins defence by Thomas Young and Dan Fish.
Cardiff came out with much more purpose at the start of the second half, first Richard Mustoe and then Tom Williams came close to scoring. The forwards pressure nearly resulted in a second try for Trevett only for it to be pulled back by referee Tim Hayes.
It was Quins though who extended their lead with a penalty for a high tackle in midfield. Two minutes later the feat was repeated from a shorter distance.
Much as the Blue & Black tried to get back into the game the whistle always seemed to stop the play. Dan Fish weaved his way through the defence only for the last pass to be held up. The resulting scrum saw Quins scrumhalf Jones sent to the bin, but Cardiff just couldn’t capitalise on the advantage and came away from The Park empty handed.