Aberavon Quins play against Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth 8 v Aberavon Quins 15
A lengthy injury list forced the Quins to deploy two permit players that played a major part in the victory over Aberystwyth.
Hooker Ryan Curtis made an immediate impact from an attacking line out by bursting over from a Liam Puckett take. The Quins were forced to defend grimly in the face of some smart Aber attacks and Jason Rees narrowed the gap with a penalty goal. Marc Sheppard hit back in like fashion for the Quins. Centre Gareth Pugh put in some probing runs and also some trademark tackles to pressurise the home side but the score remained 8-3 at half time.
Number eight Dave Pearson caught the eye for the Quins and worked ceaselessly in attack and defence.
A good scrummage allowed scrum half Kyle Jenkins to exploit a huge blind side and Sheppard came up at pace to out flank the defence and Jenkins took an inside pass to score a spectacular try which Sheppard converted.
Aber refused to lie down and a tough struggle ensued. Injuries to Lloyd Hayden, Chris Jones and Jenkins allied to some card waving by the ref resulted in the Quins being reduced to thirteen players for a time and Aaron Lewis grabbed a try for the home side after an intense period of pressure. Further injuries in the front row led to the game being played out with the unpopular passive scrums and the Quins did well to deny any more home scoring.