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Match Report
10 September 2017 / Team News

Qu'ils Mangent de la Brioche

Match Report Cardiff Quins v Llanishen RFC Saturday 9th September 2017:

Vive la révolution. Llanishen took the bread and the four points on offer for a win (Dave Miller you can stop reading now).

How was the Bastille (cunning disguised as the Diamond Ground) stormed I hear you mumble.

Sit back, pour a glass of claret (lager will do if needed), and I shall tell you how the Llanishen sans-culottes did storm the Quins barricades and became Masters of the House.

After a deluge the sun came out, which was nice of it, and with the pitch in fine fettle an enjoyable game of rugby was hopefully the order of the day.

The Quins kicked off but the ball didn't travel 10m (rather lazy I'd say) and a Llanishen scrum ensued. This area of the game was under pressure last week but no such problems to begin with.

An attack from their own 22 saw good interplay between forwards and backs and took them into the Quins 22. A second scrum was won but the 'Peasants' held the ball on the floor and the resulting penalty took the Quins deep into the Llan's half.

A few minutes later and a collapsed scrum gave the home team a chance to score a penalty, which they duly took.

The Quins then had the better of the next five minutes and a driving maul, from a line out, seemed certain to give the Quins a try. Step forward our own Captain Valjean (Lee) who drove through the maul and ripped the ball free.

The belligerence shown by the team was rewarded when after a good passage of play a penalty was conceded by the Quins. The successful kick brought the sides level with ten minutes of the first half remaining.

The defensive effort, typified by debutant Jonny Davies, was c'est magnifique and it needed to be as the Quins backs were moving the ball well.

The Quins first try, however, came from an interception and the score under the posts was converted to give the home side a seven lead with a few minutes of the first half remaining.

Time for our wide receiver, Sam, to take a superb catch from our kick-off,  c'est merveilleux.

Half-Time - Cardiff Quins 10 Llanishen 3

On to the en deuxième mi-temps and with the wind (a little coal ash in water helps) picking up in Llanishen's favour could the team turn the score around (3 nehsinalL 10 sniuQ ffidraC) - we're still losing as any Japanese readers could tell you.

Good early pressure gave Llanishen a penalty and a quick tap and go gave Harry the chance to dive over, the conversion brought the sides level again.


Llanishen were quickly on the attack again and a wonderful driving maul allowed Noah to break out and pop a pass to Alex Samuels. The try he scored was converted and the peasant supporters, were dreaming a dream of victory.

Tom Hannah had made a number of powerful runs, along with tremendous defensive tackles, and shortly after the second try he surged clear of the defence, using pace and hand-offs to score in the corner. It was like watching a Ferrari, which he drove to the game last week, accelerate clear - Car of the Week this weekend a rather sporty red mini.

A fantastic drive pushed the Quins off the ball and Ben, Look Down Look Down and see the ball at your feet, gave 'The Llan' a penalty - after last week, sweet.


The game then became a little fractious, with many tete-a-tetes and the standard of rugby, from both sides, when down a level.

The Quins appeared able to read our line out call and they were taking a greater percentage of possession. The Llanishen defence held until the last minute when a good series of passes put their winger clear and the successful conversion brought the game to a close.

So Victor Hugo (Cockney for there you go) a win and time for libation and le rosbif (actually sausage and chips)

Le Denouement- Cardiff Quins 17 Llanishen 22



It was wonderful to speak with Dick Pexton, a stalwart of the Quins club, and see the passion he retains for the game and club he loves. I was also pleased to see Chad and Mark, the Quins coaches, and catch up on old times.

Good luck to the Quins for the coming season and thanks also to the player who called one of our fans a peasant - it seemed to galvanise our forwards (no zinc required) and gave me a theme for the match report.


Our best wishes to Gabby and to the hard working nurses who are looking after him.

(# Sans culottes - without knee breeches - in case it comes up in a quiz)

Apologies to Victor Hugo - any link to any of his material is entirely intentional.

(Only 10 sleeps until the Rhiwbina game)

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