Cross Keys suffered a fourth defeat on the bounce as a dominant second half performance by Carmarthen Quins was good enough to see them come away with the spoils at The Park.
The Keys were by far the better side in the first half but only managed a penalty by Dorian Jones as the tricky conditions played a massive part in a dour encounter. The only other real action worth mentioning in the first half was the sin-binning of Keys flanker Rhys Peebles.
Half time score - Carmarthen Quins 0 Cross Keys 3
The second half was a complete turn around as Quins played the awful conditions much better. Keys decided tackling was optional which only helped to push Quins in to the positions where they could build chances time and time again.
Quins outside half James Dixon kicked 3 penalties to give his side a 9-3 lead as Quins looked like they had comfortably closed the game out as Keys simply had little or no posession to even look like threatening the Quins try line. Then came the only try of the game as Quins started a flowing move deep in their own half and the Keys defence effectively parted like the red sea to allow Quins wing Jason Harries to score a fine try which Dixon failed to add the extras to.
Overall last season's exceptional campaign is looking more and more like a distant memory as Keys continue to struggle to adapt to this season. Worrying injury news yet again for Keys as Nathan Williams, Garry Horrigan and Jamie Sollis all came off injured.
Carmarthen Quins scorers:-
Try: Jason Harries
Penalties: James Dixon (x3)
Cross Keys scorer:-
Penalty: Dorian Jones