Preview: Cardiff RFC v Carmarthen Quins

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Indigo Group Premiership action continues this weekend as Cardiff RFC welcome Carmarthen Quins to the Arms Park on Saturday for a 5.15pm kick-off.

The Blue and Blacks currently sit top of the league after winning the first three league games of the season, and are looking to make that four wins in a row to start the campaign for the first time in the semi-professional era.

Coming off the back of a win over Swansea at the Arms Park last week where the general consensus is that a try bonus point was left out on the field, Steve Law’s men will be in no mood to make that same mistake two games in a row.

This weekend’s opponents, Carmarthen Quins, have had a mixed start to the season, going down away at Pontypridd to start the campaign before beating Llanelli at home last week, having not played in round one as the game against Llandovery was re-arranged for later in the year.

Cardiff haven’t lost at home to the West Wales side since April 2016, with last season’s game seeing a comfortable 40-16 win for the Blue and Blacks thanks to tries from Morgan Allen, Jack Roberts and Tom Williams.

Morgan Allen RGC RFC

The Quins make just two changes to the team that beat Llanelli last weekend, both coming in the pack as Shaun Jones is in at lock, while Lewys Millin starts at number eight.

There are some familiar faces in the front row as former Cardiff RFC prop Ben Leung packs down at tighthead, while Torin Myhill starts at the same position as brother Kirby plays for Cardiff Blues.

Carmarthen Quins: Leon Randall, Dale Ford, Nick Reynolds, Scott Lloyd, Morgan Griffiths, Jack Wilson, Aron Hemmings; Kemsley Mathias, Torin Myhill, Ben Leung, Shaun Jones, Haydn Pugh (c), Ed Siggery, Gethin Davies, Lewys Millin

Replacements: Steff Phillips, Tom Ball, Connor Allen, Lee Taylor, Lawrence Reynolds, Richard Bloomfield, Gareth Rees, Josh Batcup

On the other side Steve Law has opted to make three changes to his starting XV that beat Swansea last week, with James Botham coming on at the blindside, Dan Fish getting the nod at fly-half and Edd Howley returning to fitness at full-back.

Dan Fish Dragons A

There is upheaval on the bench though, where only Alex Everett and Ben Williams survive from last Saturday’s game.

Brynley Toms, Ethan Lewis and Peter Lloyd form the change front row, Callum Bradbury will cover second row, Gareth Thompson drops down from the starting XV and Max Llewellyn is selected to cover the outside backs.

Cardiff RFC: Edd Howley, James Beal, Sam Beard, Ben Thomas, Joe Gatt, Dan Fish, Tom Habberfield; Thomas Davies, Evan Yardley, Ollie Drake, Teddy Williams, James Ratti, James Thomas, James Botham, Morgan Allen (c)

Replacements: Ethan Lewis, Brynley Toms, Peter Lloyd, Callum Bradbury, Alex Everett, Ben Williams, Gareth Thompson, Max Llewellyn

Although the Blue and Blacks are unbeaten so far this season, there is a feeling that we have still not seen the best of this group yet as they settle in after a number of signings over the summer.

The first 20 minutes against Pontypridd, the second half against Llanelli and the first half against Swansea all showed glimpses of what this team can do, but they’ve yet to put it together over a full game and really cruise to victory.

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