10 September 2019 / Club News

Quins V Maesteg Celtic.

Aberavon Quins 33 Maesteg Celtic 15

Both sides relegated from Division one last season met in perfect conditions and the heavyweight Celtic pack gave the home eight some problems in the opening ten minutes. Sainsbury gave the visitors the lead with a penalty goal which was cancelled out in like fashion by Ryan Pugh. Celtic swarmed to the attack and failure by the home defenders to deal with a lofted kick led to a try by hooker Morgan Reeves which Sainsbury converted from the touchline. Early injury to flanker Drew Kinsey brought semi retired Craig Cox into action with all his old aggression. The ref then shocked onlookers when a red card was waved at a Quins forward and a yellow to a Celtic counterpart for a rather tame scuffle. The Quins got their act together and several movements stretched the Celtic defence. Half backs Pugh and Cooksley varied their play with some runs and excellent kicking. It was soon plain that the visitors could not live with the Quins superior pace and fitness. Winger, Lewis Cronin showed his pace when latching on to a great kick to score. On the opposite flank Kieran Brennan produced a storming run and chipped ahead to grab a spectacular try giving the Quins a 13-10 half time lead.                                                                                                                                                                          

The Quins pack were in rampaging mood with Jonnie Thomas and Dylan MacLachlan well to the fore. The scrums went well with props Dan Helson and Josh Pugh also contributing much around the field. Con O’Callaghan selected as a centre also covered the No.8 position displaying great all round skills. Full back Kyle Broom continually instigated attacks, taking advantage of wayward Celtic kicking, his linking with the threequarters should have brought more tries. Skipper Dale Bowen lead his pack well and with fly half Pugh eager to unleash attacks centres Greg Owen and O’Callaghan ran very strongly. Hooker Tyler Hopkins made a storming touchline gallop and set Cronin free on try scoring run  converted by Ryan Pugh. It was another superb finish by Brennan that secured the bonus point win with a carbon copy of his first half effort again converted by Pugh. The latter stages showed the value of having experience on the bench when Dan Morgan and Lloyd Hayden entered the fray. Ryan Turner grabbed a consolation try for Celtic at the final whistle.

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