The Blue and Blacks will wonder how they came away with nothing on a dry but windy afternoon in West Wales.
The stats will show that they had more ball and more territory than the home side but where it mattered on the scoreboard Carmarthen Quins were always ahead. They opened the scoring when Lee Williams was put into space following a break by Jason Harries. Former Cardiff outside half Craig Evans judged the wind perfectly to land the conversion. And things got worse for the visitors when Rhys Williams picked off a pass to run the interception into the corner to extend the lead.
Cardiff though were playing some neat rugby. Ethan Lewis went charging up the middle from a lineout and was felled just short of the line. But they couldn’t keep hold of the ball following the ruck and Quins were able to clear the danger.
That was to be the pattern of the game, an attack from Cardiff would eventually break down and Quins would clear the ball down field. When the home side then had the ball they would generally score, Evans adding a penalty to extend the lead. The one exception for the Blue & Blacks came mid-way through the half. A penalty was kicked into the corner and the maul was rumbled towards the line. When it stopped Luke Hamilton charged over from short range to open Cardiff’s account. Ceiron Thomas was wide with the conversion but did land a penalty to make the score 15-8 at the break.
The second half was more of the same, Cardiff huffed and puffed near the Quins line but simply could not get over it. More mistakes followed and the Quins were able to defend until the mistake came. When they went down field they were able to add to their tally, Evans with a monster penalty early in the second half gave them a two score cushion. And they made the game safe when they ran the ball from another Cardiff mistake. Harries eventually scoring near the posts, Evans added the extras to give the Quins the points and send Cardiff back up the M4 empty handed.