Report by Howard Evans
Aberavon 31-37 Carmarthen Quins
Aberavon not only avoided relegation, but jumped over Neath in the process. It was a day that will go into the history of the Quins and the Wizards and a day when Aberavon captain and the Premiership Player of the Month, Ian Moore, ensured that he will become a club legend.
Quins coach Louie Tonkin, surely the Premier coach of the season, said: “Early on there was no doubt that Aberavon wanted it more than us, but we came back and needed the win as it ensured the highest position ever for the Quins in Welsh rugby.”
Aberavon coach Jason Hyatt admitted that he can now have a good sleep, stating: “Next to the births of my children this is the proudest day of my life. And for Ian to get the vital score, it could not have been scripted better.”
It was a game of 11 tries with 6-5 to the Quins, but it had tension galore right up to the 43rd minute when Moore would not have stopped even if half a dozen tacklers got to him.
Quins finished the match with a brilliant display of handling, passing and backing-up and despite both sides being short of injured and unavailable players, the game was first-class entertainment, helped also by a good referee in Ian Davies.
Quins led 7-0, Aberavon 10-7, Quins 12-10, Aberavon 17-12 and Quins 19-17 at the interval in a thrill a minute.
Moore’s try gave the Wizards a 24-19 lead, but Quins went ahead by 37-24 until Lee Evans scored at the death to jump the Wizards to tenth.
The vociferous crowd, including many past players of Aberavon, stood to give both sides and the referee the ovation they deserved as they trudged off.
Carmarthen will now play Cross Keys at Carmarthen Park in the first of the Premiership play-offs.
Meanwhile, Swansea have been relegated, despite beating Neath 26-0 at home.