Quins earn bragging rights after derby success over Scarlets.
CARM QUINS.....................30 LLANELLI...........................26 THIS hotly contested and abundantly skilful Carmarthenshire local derby went the way of the Quins who were pushed hard all the way by their near neighbours.
The county town side remain unbeaten after three Premiership games and are posting early notice that they will be serious challengers to Pontypridd.
In their new cardinal red, amber and black Wasps like strip, the Quins started at a furious pace and forced a penalty which fly half Dan Jones kicked from 40 metres.
Jones then did a splendid bit of covering to stop Llanelli centre Steff Hughes from scoring before fly half Josh Lewis tied the scores with a straight penalty.
Lewis made a clean break to send wing Josh Adams haring away into the corner and then kicked the touchline conversion for a 10-3 lead but Quins responded in style when wing Gavin Thomas burst through mid-field for a try converted by Jones.
Two Lewis penalties against one from Jones made it 16-13 but the Quins went into the break ahead 23-16.
Fluent passing by their backs put in wing Dylan Morgans, Jones converted from wide out and then kicked his third penalty.
Play continued to be fast, the tackling furious and Llanelli made the Quins defence work hard in the tryless third quarter.
Steff Evans twice came close to tries on the Llanelli right wing but it was full back Jordan Williams who closed the gap to 23-19 with a penalty in the 72nd minute.
Quins replacement full back Craig Evans then put in a perfect diagonal kick right into the arms of Gavin Thomas, Jones converting but Williams then side stepped through for a fine solo self converted try.
In a grandstand finish Llanelli came close to a try to bring a fitting end to a highly entertaining game. CARMARTHEN QUINS: Tries: G Thomas (2), D Morgans; Cons: D Jones (3); Pens: D Jones (3) LLANELLI: Tries: J Adams, J Williams; Cons: Josh Lewis, J Williams; Pens: Josh Lewis (3), J Williams