05 October 2018 / Club News


Get used to the saying 'this week's match is huge', Every game this year will be a big', especially with a third of the league's teams earmarked to be relegated. Mid-table clubs will not be clear of the drop zone until the final few matches. There is no safe haven.

Quins face Rhydfelin at home this Saturday. The Taf valley club are three points below the Maesteg men and will see this game as an ideal opportunity to grab a vital away win. Alternatively the Quins will want to increase their winning run to three matches.

Rhydfelin have been competitive but not gained the rewards their performances deserve. This week a number of players have returned to their colours and certainly strengthened their squad. Consequently the visiting team will be even sterner than their previous exhibitions.

Again the contest will be a compelling one and the excitment has been building all week among players and spectators alike.

If Quins were to win, it would be a magnificent way to mark two landmark appearance records for a pair of influential players and magnificent blokes.

It was a Silver Ball quarter-final when the clubs last met. It ended in a 16-all draw at the Dairy Field, with the Quins progressing as a result of scoring two tries to the 'Village's' single touchdown.

Even more confusing was the second half non-appearance of the Rhydfelin lock who commanded the front of the line and was playing magnificently. Thinking he was injured. conversations in the bar commiserated with the defeated teams supporters, rueing being denied of witnessing a master at work.

Injury it wasn't. The 'Felin supporters informed the astonished Quins faithful that he was actually tagged and he had to be back at home by 20.30hrs so he had to leave at half-time.

Talking of masters at work, the human 'Gin trap' that is Josh Mines snares anything that comes his way, leaves many a spectator shaking their heads with his supreme fitness and unrelenting bravery. Mines makes his fiftieth appearance this weekend. His consistency is in the same bracket as the finest flankers to have represented the club.

Skipper Steve Williams becomes a Quins centurion in the same match. In his 100 matches he has led the side for the majority of those games. Williams is an allround flanker. Tackler, mauler, jackaler and carrier, there is no coincidence that the first two matches were lost while the influential back-rower, who leads by example and regularly plays as lock was away on wedding duty.

Good luck to the landmark players and the team. A warm welcome to Rhydfelin and their followers.

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