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Quins shut out by Aberaeron

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IN SPITE of a bright opening against Aberaeron, Quins came unstuck away to the Ceredigion side who turned in a powerful performance.

The first of five tries for the homesters came after 12 minutes.

A series of rolling mauls gained the initial territory and a quick release by Number eight Tudur Jenkins from a five-yard scrum gave scrum-half Gareth James the room to bulldoze over the line.

Aberaeron out-half Rhodri Jenkins missed the conversion but, after their opening score, Aberaeron never looked in trouble

The Quins were up against it, but manfully stuck to the task.

Outstanding young 2nd Row Ben Gibby stole a home line-out on the Quins 25, but the Quins failed to clear their lines.
The Aberaeron pack capitalised on the error and produced a strong display of phase play to work an opening. Full-back Morgan Llewellyn ran on to a perfectly timed pass to score close to the posts.

This time Rhodri Jenkins made no mistake and put Aberaeron into a 12 point lead.

That was the end of the scoring for the first half.

While the Quins tried to assert themselves and make up the deficit, some loose play cost them scoring opportunities. That is not to understate the influence of Aberaeron’s defence, which showed grit and skill in shutting down the visitors’ efforts to squeeze back into the game.

As the second half started, the Quins desperately needed some kind of score.

They started well again but could not penetrate a resolute defence. Rhodri Jenkins’ shrewd kicking game relieved the pressure on Aberaeron and the gains made in territory from the out-half’s boot began to tell.

Aberaeron piled the pressure on through their pack and with thrusting back play from the fringes to gain territory. The Quins repelled any number of efforts before home centre Dafydd Llewelyn managed to squeeze over the line. A shovelled conversion, reminiscent of Scotland number eight Peter Brown, extended the home side’s lead to nineteen points.

Faced with a mountain to climb, the Quins put the pedal to the metal and blazed forward with a series of powerful runs from Dai Moseley, Jack Price, and Hywel Baker. They gave Aberaeron plenty to think about as the Quins’ power and physicality took its toll on the home side.

Against the run of play, the Quins conceded a nightmare try.

Home number ten Rhodri Jenkins spotted a gap in the defence at the halfway line and set off at speed. The Quins missed a series to tackles, an unusual turn of events this season, and Jenkins scythed through to touch down.

The bonus point secure, Aberaeron continued to press against a rugged Quins defence.

With the last move of the match, home number eight Tudor Jenkins scored in the Corner. Rhodri Jenkins missed the Conversion.

The Quins were unlucky to lose by such a wide margin but Aberaeron will now look forward to continuing their scintillating cup run in the WRU Specsavers Cup. First, though, it’s a double-header against local rivals Tregaron.

For the Quins, back-to-back defeats will be hard to take, especially as in both games they had to claw their way back in from poor starts. Their next game isn’t until February 25 at Bierspool, where they will host second-placed St Clears.
Quins Team. Kieron Machin, Jordan Asparassa, Jack Price (Capt), Josh Thomas, Josh Brown, Tyler Castle, Elliot Lewis, Jack Davies, Nick Drewett, Dai Moseley, Ben Gibby, Mark Van Rhyn, Marcus Phillips, Hywel Baker, and Paul Busby.
Replacements: Rhys Marchant, Ben Hathaway, and Martin Culley.

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Bush qualifies for Paralympic games

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PEMBROKESHIRE’s Para-taekwondo star Matt Bush has qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic games this summer.

At the European Paralympic Qualification tournament, Bush, who is the current world champion, beat Hungary’s Zoltan Kiss 29-1 in the +75kg final.

Para-taekwondo will make its debut at this summer’s Paralympics with the competition set to take place from September 2-4.

Bush, from St Clears, became Britain’s first ever world champion in the sport in 2019 began his latest tournament in fine style, seeing off Roman Ivaniuk of Ukraine 38-2 in the semi-final.

Matt told BBC Sport that it felt ‘so good’ to have secured his spot in the team.

The heavyweight athlete has made quite the mark on the mats. He has medalled at the Korean Open, Oceania Para Taekwondo Championships and the Pan America Para Taekwondo Open.

The GB team for Tokyo will be officially announced later this summer.

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Lawrenny through in Village Cup

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LAWRENNY are through to the next round of the Village Cup after they beat Llandysul on Sunday (May 9).

Both teams were rained off the previous day but some good work meant that the game was able to go ahead.

Llandysul batted first but were bowled out for 82 in 26.3 overs as Jamie Lewis took five wickets for the visitors.

He went on to finish with figures of 5-22 from his seven overs while the home side’s top scorer was captain Llew Hughes who made a score of 20.

Lawrenny did not have it all their own way in their reply as Rhys Jones bowled well to finish with figures of 3-10.

However, an excellent knock of 52 from Harry Thomas steered Lawrenny to their target inside the 24th over.

Elsewhere, Carew’s game away at Drefach was called off while Cresselly had already received a bye to the next round.

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Lawrenny earn big win over Whitland

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LAWRENNY got their 2021 season off to the perfect start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Whitland by 189 runs.

Whitland won the toss and elected to field but they could only watch as the home side piled on the runs before being bowled out for 264.

Kyle Marsh top scored with a score of 81 while Kurtis Mars also scored 45.

Tom Cole added 32 and James Phillips chipped in with a score of 29 as they batted well.

Wayne Howells and Jonathan Thomas finished with identical figures of 2-27 as Whitland’s bowling did at least keep the score below 300.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but came up against Ryan Morton who took four wickets for the loss of 17 runs.

Kurtis Marsh also claimed two wickets without conceding any runs as the visitors chances got smaller and smaller.

Geraint Jones did score 30 for Whitland but that was as good as it got as they were bowled out for just 75.

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