Maesteg make heavy weather as Quins win

19 February 2012

RUGBY

Maesteg 7, Aberavon Quins 21

Hard work by the Maesteg committee ensured that Saturday’s game went ahead, albeit in heavy conditions. The Old Parish  started well and the Quins were reduced to defending in the opening quarter with stand out tackles from centres Neil Gadd and Marc Sheppard.

During a rare excursion into home territory Sheppard smacked over a penalty and soon added another to put the Quins ahead against the run of play.

The Aberavon Quins first fifteen team

The Aberavon Quins first fifteen team

The Quins pack decided to front up against the home eight when it looked to most that victory laid out wide. Right winger Stuart Dighton showed his valued attacking ability by running from deep to set up a maul close to the home line and number eight Dan Webb crashed over, allowing Sheppard to convert.

Facing the wind in the second half the Quins were expecting a stiff test which did not materialise. Winger Steve Colarusso, whose first half contribution was mainly defensive, sprinted well to gather a Matt Potsuma kick to outstrip the Maesteg defence for a spectacular try.

Another penalty from Sheppard stretched the lead and passed his personal 100 points mark. The Quins pack dominated the closing stages until a yellow card gave the home side an advantage allowing a close quarters maul led to a try by Edwards  converted by Cory Butler.

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