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Super Quins earn first win

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THE Quins pulled off their first victory of the season on Saturday (Dec 29), defeating League leaders Neyland 13-10 in a bruising encounter at Bierspool.

The All Blacks will now have to pull out all the stops if they are to have any chance of promotion.

The Quins gave a debut to 18yr old Gethin Bradney at Scrum Half, in which he partnered his older brother Rhys to become the first ever brothers to play at Half Back for the Quins.

It was the All Blacks who struck first in the tenth minute when Centre Alex Codd pounced on a Quins mistake to score half way out. Outside Half George Evans converted to ease his side into a 7 point lead.

Most spectators must have thought here we go again, especially after the drubbing Neyland had handed out in September, but they could not have been further from the truth.

The hard work being put in by the Coaches is starting to come to fruition although there is a long way to go with this young Quins Side.

They countered the Neyland back division brilliantly, even when a tackle was missed there was always another Quins player ready to put his body on the line, as no one took a backward step.

The half ended with the Quins pack slightly on top with replacement Alex Pierce and 2nd Row Darren Potter both putting in a huge shift.

As the second half started it was obvious that the Quins would have to score first, especially against the leaders, and that is exactly what they did.

The Quins rolling maul was pulled down when a certain score looked on, and the Referee had no choice but to award the Quins a penalty try.

With the score now even, and the Quins playing their best rugby for some time a shock result seemed on the cards.

The All Blacks however soon hit back when George Evans slotted over an awkward penalty to restore his sides’ lead.

The Quins though, with still 25 minutes left, were simply not going to go away, as they tore into now what was becoming a very nervous Neyland side.

They started to force errors, and when the visitors were penalised 30 yards out the Quins made the right decision to go for the three points, with Full Back Arron James banging it over and it was all square at 10-10 with 15 minutes to go.

The All Blacks however were soon back on the attack, but it was the Quins who broke out of their own 22 through Outside Half Rhys Bradney who pounced on a loose ball and set off into Neyland territory.

He chipped ahead only to be taken out off the ball, it was an obvious penalty and up stepped Arron James, who, with the ground in deadly silence, put another 30 yard penalty straight through the uprights to put the Quins into the lead.

However, there was still ten minutes of the match left as Neyland laid siege to the Quins line but the young Quins side repelled them time after time as the team ethic started to show as each player to a man did not give an inch.

The Quins can look back on this match with great pride after the turbulent times they have been through.

Taking points when on offer was crucial, and for young Captain Hywel Baker to make these decisions in a tight game went a long way to securing a hard fought victory. It is very rare that the bottom side beats the top sides in Rugby, but it happened at Bierspool on Saturday.

Team. Arron James, Ben Gibby, Harry Lawrence, Jake Griffiths, Liam Scourfield, Rhys Bradney, Gethin Bradney, Rob Hearne, George Bellmaine, Joe Gray, Martin Culley, Darren Potter, Hywel Baker (Capt), Jordan Palmer, Nick Drewett. Replacements: Alex Pierce, Josh Brown, Tom Clarkson, Mike Jones.

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Hook close the gap

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HOOK closed the gap to the top two in Division 2 on Saturday (Jun 22) as they beat Carew seconds by seven wickets.

Carew were restricted to 148-9 in their innings as Hook bowled well with Dai Hopkins and Aled Phelps both claiming two wickets each.

Callum James also bowled well as he finished with figures of 1-12 from his spell.

Haydn Shapcott top scored with 52 for Carew while Rhys Grigg scored 36 and Morgan Grieve added 20 runs to their total.

Carew’s Kerry Waters and Barry Evans each picked up a wicket in Hook’s reply but they were unable to stop the home side reaching their target.

Aled Phelps scored 40 for Hook and Jamie Phelps top scored with 71 to help them to victory.

Brennan Martin also scored 22 as Hook earned 29 points for the win.

They remain third in the table but they now sit just 16 points behind second placed Llechryd with the two teams playing each other in Llechryd on Saturday (Jun 29).

Elsewhere, Carew seconds will look to bounce back when they travel to leaders Narberth.

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Devonald stars as Tish beat Burton

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ST ISHMAELS moved up to fifth place in Division 1 on Saturday (Jun 22) as they beat Burton by four wickets.

Tish won the toss and elected to field and they did well to keep Burton to a score of 143-9 in their 45 overs.

Burton did their best to claim the win but Tish’s Daniel Richards finished unbeaten to see his side over the line.

Burton were in trouble early on as Jonathan Venables was bowled by Brennan Devonald and Jordan Milich then had Toby Hayman caught by Philip Cockburn.

Devonald then also bowled Matthew Webb as Burton were reduced to 11-3.

Morgan Scale and James Davies shared 21 runs for the fourth wicket but Andrew Pawlett then had Davies caught by Andrew Williams.

Scale hit two fours and a six as he made a good score of 25 but he was then bowled by Pawlett as Burton slipped to 48-5.

Pawlett then claimed his third wicket as he bowled Will Ridge and he soon had his fourth as he had James Scale caught by Williams.

Burton were in trouble on 84-7 but Luke Hayman and Dan Llewellyn shared 42 runs for the eighth wicket.

Hayman hit five fours in his score of 55 but he was then stumped by Jack Nicholas off the bowling of Andrew Williams.

Iestyn Evans was then bowled by Harry Nicholas but Llewellyn finished not out on 17 to ensure Burton batted out their overs.

Peter Bradshaw and Harry Nicholas got Tish off to a steady start in their reply as they shared 38 runs for the first wicket.

Bradshaw made a score of 21 but he was then caught by Iestyn Evans off the bowling of John Scale.

Harry Nicholas made 18 but he was bowled by Morgan Scale. Morgan then claimed his second as he bowled Phil Cockburn.

John Scale then claimed the wicket of Daniel Howells as Tish were reduced to 60-4.

Brennan Devonald and Jack Nicholas then shared 54 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to put their side in a good position.

Devonald hit eight fours and a six in his score of 49 from 41 balls but he was then caught by Luke Hayman off the bowling of James Davies.

Dan Llewellyn then trapped Jack Nicholas leg before on a score of 15 to leave Tish on 136-6.

Daniel Richards then hit four fours as his score of 18 not out came from only eight balls.

That saw Tish to their target and the win sees them move up to fifth place in the table.

On Saturday (Jun 29), Tish are at home to Saundersfoot while Burton travel to Haverfordwest.

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Neyland ease past Whitland

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NEYLAND earned their seventh win of the season on Saturday (Jun 22) as they beat Whitland by nine wickets.

The home side won the toss and elected to field which looked to be a good decision as they bowled Whitland out for 155.

Many of their batsmen made good starts but they were unable to go on as Neyland took wickets at regular intervals.

Nick Koomen, Patrick Bellerby and Ashley Sutton then all scored well to see the league leaders to victory in 25 overs.

Daniel Blain and Jack Bowen did share an opening stand of 69 but three quick wickets saw them slip to 78-3.

Bowen was first out as he was caught by Koomen off the bowling of Andrew Miller on a score of 34 which included six fours and a six.

Geraint Jones smacked a six but that was his only contribution as he was then bowled by Ross Hardy.

Hardy then trapped Blain leg before on a score of 24 and soon after, when Matthew Davies was caught and bowled by Miller it sparked a mini collapse.

Miller then had Adam Davies caught by Bellerby for a golden duck before Geraint Rees had Jonathan Thomas caught on a score of 18 by Gregg Miller.

That left Whitland on 111-6 and it was soon 120-7 as Dylan Blain was caught by Koomen off the bowling of Andrew Miller for a 20-ball duck.

Greg Sleep and James Thomas then shared 33 runs for the eighth wicket as their tail wagged but it was Pritchard who came on to break that partnership.

He had Sleep caught by Hardy on a score of 26 that included five fours.

Hardy then bowled Thomas and Harri Jones in quick succession to bring Whitland’s innings to a close.

Nick Koomen and Patrick Bellerby got Neyland off to a great start in their reply as they shared an opening stand worth 99 runs.

Bellerby played well for his half century but he was then caught by Dylan Blain off the bowling of Jonathan Thomas on a score of 51.

Koomen and Ashley Sutton were then untroubled as they blasted Neyland to victory.

Koomen finished unbeaten on 68 while Sutton hit a number of sixes to finish not out on 34.

On Saturday (Jun 29), Neyland are at home to Cresselly while Whitland will look to bounce back against Lawrenny.

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