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LAST MATCH
22 Thu, 2018
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MATCH REPORT
Fourteen man Scarlets secures losing bonus point

It’s a return to the scene of that emphatic fourteen-man victory in the Guinness PRO14 semi final for the Scarlets as we prepare to take on Leinster in Round 15 of the Guinness PRO14.

After the disappointment of coming away empty handed from Treviso last weekend the Scarlets will look to get their train back on the tracks but Leinster will have exactly the same ideas after losing to Edinburgh last weekend.

Nobody would have thought that this afternoon’s clash would have seen Scarlets close out the game with fourteen-men, this time due to injuries.

Despite trailing by ten points in the closing minutes Dan Jones stepped up on the 80th minute to secure a penalty that pushed the Scarlets into losing bonus point territory.

 

 

It’s the Scarlets who kick off the Dublin encounter with Dan Jones kicking long into Leinster territory.

Leinster come on the attack in Scarlets’ half but after a sustained period of attacking rugby by the Scarlets, started by a line out win by second row Steve Cummins just inside Leinster’s half the visitor’s get first points on the board.

Winger Johnny Mcnicholl is on the end of a thrilling phase where the ball is passed end to end. Macleod and Beirne look particularly strong with ball in hand making the hard yeards before Asquith gets the final long pass out wide to James Davies who finds Mcnicholl in support. He crosses for the opening try. Jones converts.

0-7

Mcnicholl is replaced by Corey Baldwin having injured his shoulder in the act of scoring with only eleven minutes on the board 

As we edge towards the twenty minute mark Leinster kick into action from an attacking line out. Their driving line out is effective pushing the Scarlets back into our 22. The ball is cleaned out of the driving line out, shipped wide with winger James Lowe crossing in the far corner. The conversion attempt hits the posts with Scarlets remaining two points ahead.

5-7

Leinster are quickly back on the attack in Scarlets’ half and look dangerous with ball in hand. Sean Cronin is on a rampage taking three Scarlets to bring him to a stop but the ball is quickly turned over and Beirne puts boot to ball and hoofs it downfield.

The Scarlets keep the pressure on the men in blue but they turnover the ball and kick to touch. It’s a line out on the 22 for the visitors. Leinster win a penalty bringing Scarlets’ attack to a halt.

We’re back in possession just inside our own half. Jones chips the ball in behind Leinster’s defensive line but fullback Jordan Larmour kicks it downfield. Possession switches hands but Leinster’s second try comes from a Scarlets offering.

A Scarlets line out on our own 22 is won by Leinster. We win the ball back but they soon charge down our clearance kick, which gives them a platform to attack from. In the melee in the far corner winger Lowe gets his second.

10-7

Scarlets look to finish the first half with ball in hand and push Leinster back into their half. It’s not to be another score before the whistle blows though as a long pass goes dead into touch. A Leinster line out is won by the home team but the Scarlets hold their footing. Time’s up and ref calls a day to the first half.

Half time: Leinster 10 Scarlets 7

Leinster draw first blood in the second half with scrum half Luke McGrath crossing for a try in the corner near enough from the restart. Replacement Ciaran Frawley adds the conversion to put the homeside ten points ahead.

17-7

In the quarter of an hour that ensues it’s all Leinster as they keep hold of possession and win the territorial battle but they’re unable to break through the defensive barrier.

Leinster are penalised just shy of their own 10 metre line for a high tackle which hands outside half Dan Jones a shot at goal. He lines it up, strikes it sweetly and it’s over.

17-10

A decision in Leinster’s favour is overturned after the infringement is checked with TMO. Scarlets kick to touch but the line out throw in isn’t straight handing possession straight back to the homeside.

Ciaran Frawley adds three points with ten minutes remaining. Leinster are ten points ahead with ten minutes remaining on the clock.

20-10

Scarlets are down to 14 men after Tom Prydie is take from the field with an injury to his ankle. The visitors will play the remainder of the game facing a full strength Leinster.

With eight minutes remaining on the clock Jones lines up a penalty to bring Scarlets back within losing bonus point territory but the kick is pulled wide of the uprights. Score remains.

In what turned out to be a thrilling final five minutes the Scarlets won possession. The replacement front row of Phil Price, Emyr Phillips and Simon Gardiner put in a massive shift winning a scrum penalty that allowed Jones to kick for posts one final time. He showed fantastic mettle to nail the penalty and secure a losing bonus point for his side.

Final score: Leinster 20 Scarlets 13

Match Details
Half Time
7-10
Attendance
14916
Referee
John Lacey
Head To Head

15


Played

15

12


Wins

11

3


Losses

4

0


Draws

0

1


Conversions

1

1


Penalties

2

3


Tries

1

20


Points

13

Top Overall Performers In This Fixture
James Lowe
2 TRIES
James Lowe
10 POINTS
Tournament Record
Played
Wins
Losses
Draws
Average Pts Per Game
15
12
3
0
25
Scorecard
Try
Johnny McNicholl
11 min
Con
Dan Jones
12 min
Pen
Dan Jones
58 min
Miss Pen
Dan Jones
73 min
Pen
Dan Jones
80 min
Top Overall Performers In This Fixture
Dan Jones
2 PENALTIES
Dan Jones
8 POINTS
Tournament Record
Played
Wins
Losses
Draws
Average Pts Per Game
15
11
4
0
14
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Scarlets
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Leinster
Current Standing
2
Scarlets
1
Leinster
Head To Head
Form Guide
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Draw
Loss
Win
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Last 5 Matches

Last 5 Matches

Pos Team PL W D L PF PA DIFF TF TA TB LB PTS
2017 / 2018 - Guinness Pro14 - Conference A
1 Glasgow Warriors 15 13 1 1 459 230 229 60 22 10 1 65
2 Munster 15 9 0 6 440 269 171 63 30 9 4 49
3 Cheetahs 15 8 0 7 453 419 34 55 54 6 3 41
4 Cardiff Blues 15 7 0 8 331 366 -35 35 46 2 3 33
5 Connacht 15 5 0 10 297 319 -22 33 36 4 4 28
6 Ospreys 15 5 0 10 252 365 -113 28 44 3 3 26
7 Zebre Rugby 15 4 0 11 295 411 -116 35 52 2 3 21
2017 / 2018 - Guinness Pro14 - Conference B
1 Leinster 15 12 0 3 443 255 188 60 30 8 1 57
2 Scarlets 15 11 0 4 404 258 146 53 28 7 3 54
3 Edinburgh Rugby 15 10 0 5 332 270 62 40 30 5 1 46
4 Ulster 15 9 1 5 411 354 57 54 46 6 2 46
5 Benetton Rugby Treviso 15 8 0 7 272 299 -27 31 36 4 2 38
6 Dragons 15 2 2 11 269 477 -208 30 66 3 2 17
7 Southern Kings 15 0 0 15 237 603 -366 29 86 2 2 4
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