Carmarthen Quins 29 Plymouth Albion 16
Saturday 18th October 2014
Match report by Paddy Marsh
Midway through the second half at the impressive Parc Y Scarlets Stadium Plymouth Albion led the match 16-9 and looked on course to register that elusive first win of the season.
Albion fly half Lawrence Rayner who had kicked four from four then missed a penalty that would have put his side two scores clear.
That was as good as it got for Albion who then conceded three tries and 17 unanswered points to go down to yet another disappointing defeat.
Most of Albion’s problems came up front where the home eight shunted them all over the park in the set scrum and as a consequence were awarded penalty after penalty.
Albion head coach James Shanahan said, “It’s now going to be difficult to get out of this group but we do have four games still to play.
“We were well in it deep in the second half but three bad mistakes by our half backs led to Quins scoring three tries.
“Today was another part of our learning curve as we build towards the next league game.
“If we can beat Jersey next week in the cup match we would be able to go over there with a bit of confidence.”
Albion made six changes to the side beaten by holders Leinster A last weekend.
Pete Homan returned to the side on the wing with Lewis Warner moving into the centre.
Hooker Sam Matavesi came into the side to make his 50th appearance for the club.
Prop Tom Heard, lock Tom Jubb and flanker Eoghan Grace who all come on as replacements against Leinster were all handed starts.
Ali Bone came in at No 8 while Herbie Stupple who has been out for 9 months with an ankle injury was named on the bench.
Albion were only playing Carmarthen Quins in name as most of the Welsh side was made up of Scarlets academy players.
Quins made an impressive start to the game putting the Albion scrum under pressure and it came as no surprise when they took the lead.
When the Albion backs were caught offside, almost in front of their own posts, Quins fly half Josh Lewis put over the resultant penalty.
After Lewis missed a long range penalty Albion got themselves level when fly half Lawrence Rayner slotted a 40 metre penalty when Quins were penalised for not rolling away.
Quins quickly regained the lead when Albion were penalised at a scrum and Lewis put over an excellent penalty from the touchline.
Lewis was then yellow carded for a tip tackle on Henry and despite being down to 14 Quins added to their total when full back Steffan Jones taking over the kicking duties added another penalty.
Just before Lewis returned to the field Albion scored the opening try of the afternoon.
After kicking for the corner Albion recycled the ball and an overhead pass from Rayner saw Henry cross before he ran towards the uprights.
Rayner added the conversion, which sent Albion into the interval leading 10-9.
Rayner opened the second half scoring with a well struck penalty given for not rolling away and then quickly added another three pointer which put Albion seven points clear.
After both sides made a number of replacements Quins got three points back when replacement fly half Dan Jones kicked a 40 metre penalty.
Quins regained the lead when replacement No 8 Shaun Jones scored an unconverted try.
Albion then fell further behind when Shaun Jones added another try this time finishing off a catch and drive move.
Deep in injury time Quins rubbed salt into Albion’s wounds when flanker Will Boyde pounced on a loose ball and crossed unopposed for a try that Dan Jones converted.
Carmarthen Quins: S Evans, A Warren, S Hughes (I Evans 56), R Williams, L Williams (C Banfield 72), J Lewis (D Jones 56), K Hardy, R Thomas (G Robinson 72), D Harris (D Myhill 58), P Edwards B Leung 76), L Rawlins, R Kelly capt, P Day, W Boyde, R McCuster (S Jones 40)
Tries: S Jones 2, Boyde
Con: D Jones
Pens: Lewis 2, Evans, D Jones
Yellow card: Lewis
Plymouth Albion: M Koteczky, E Clements-Hill (P Homan 69), L Warner, T Howley-Berridge, J Henry, L Rayner, J Davies (C Setter 71), L Chapman (J Gibbons 40), S Matavesi (T Stagg 53), T Heard (D Pullinger 53), T Jubb (T Hicks 61), B Beukeboom capt, R Langley, E Grace (H Stupple 58), A Bone
Pens: Rayner 3
Referee: Jamie Leahy (RFU)