As the mid-September sun shone, so did the Quins, as the trials of the previous two weeks evaporated. The Maesteg men blew away an unusually timid Builth Wells, outplaying them in most facets of the game.
It didn’t start well for the Quins. Giving away a penalty and free-kick in quick succession, Builth pounded the Quins line for five minutes, going through multiple phases with a series of fine pick-up and drives, combined with close quarter passing. However, the defence proved impenetrable and Builth’s inaugural efforts were repelled.
Lloyd Bradley kicked an early penalty, but this was soon cancelled out when a pass was intercepted by visiting wing Gethin Lewis who scored under the posts. Lee Offa converted.
Lloyd Bradley, Jack Picton and Kieran Watkins made superb breaks and wonderful handling movements ensued. Yet these were just three of many that were not finished off with the tries they deserved.
After a penalty was booted to touch, the following driving line-out went over and Jay Ronan scored the try, which Bradley converted.
Wave after wave of home attacks put Builth on the back foot. The Quins were over the line again but a foot in touch cancelled out this effort.
A simple run in was missed when a pass to the unmarked Picton was rejected, but soon after a skilful chip over the top and gather by Kieran Watkins allowed the dangerous full-back to score beneath the posts.
From their own twenty-five the Quins launched an attack. A kick and chase put the Quins in the Bulls twenty-five and on winning the line-out, they drove over again with Scott Williams grounding and Bradley converted.
In the second half Nathan Smith burst through a maul and surged forward. It took several defenders to bring him down, but not before he slipped a pass to Jack Picton who zipped up the line to register the bonus point try. From the touch-line Lloyd Bradley landed his fourth conversion.
Replacement Si?n King put in a superb raking kick to gain great ground. Once again the Quins went over from a third driving maul, with Jay Ronan grabbing his second. King converted.
Some wonderful inter-passing and handling sent Geraint Watkins up the touch-line and round under the posts. King rounded off the scoring with the final conversion.
Up front, the Quins pack bullocked the Bulls eight at the scrum, nicking the ball against the head on several occasions. While the front five exerted forward pressure, the back three were at their destructive best halting numerous visiting attacks. Additionally, Jake Lewis was both elusive and direct with ball in hand. In the latter stages Lewis Tutt piled yet more agony upon the visitors with his link play and turn of pace.
On the back of this dominant forwards performance the entire Quins back-line gave mid-Wales men further headaches. Geraint Watkins got the back-line moving with lazer accurate passing. Lloyd Bradley enjoyed the extra space and Geraint Evans held up and created room for others. Kieron Watkins was elusive throughout.
Nevertheless, the way forwards and backs combined to create and maintain fine running movements proved exceptional. Additionally, the collective defence was superb, keeping a Builth side expert at maintaining possession, even under extremely testing circumstances, at bay
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