Scarlets welcomed Toyota Cheetahs to Parc y Scarlets for the Guinness PRO14 Final Series quarter-final looking for a victory to keep the Championship retaining run alive.
A beautiful Spring evening was the perfect touch for a final home game of the season as the Scarlets faithful came along to say a fond farewell to the individuals moving on at the end of the season.
The home side crossed the whitewash for six fantastic tries as the sun set on Parc y Scarlets’ season and the team didn’t disappoint putting in one final performance to keep the home winning record alive.
Scarlets get the scoreboard ticking over after five minutes of play with winger Steff Evans crossing in the corner. The ball came out from a Cheetahs line out as play continued despite an injury to Rob Evans in midfield. Rhys Patchell and Hadleigh Parkes make strong breaks through centre field and make the all important territorial gains putting Evans in over the whitewash. Halfpenny adds the conversion,
A penalty comes Scarlets’ way just inside Cheetahs territory as we head towards the quarter of an hour mark. Halfpenny steps up for the long range penalty. The ball hits the upright and the Cheetahs look to play from deep. Scarlets are on heightened alert and Tadhg Beirne wins the turnover in their 22. Another penalty and Halfpenny slots it over this time.
Within a few minutes Scarlets are back on the rampage from inside their own half as Gareth Davies gets the ball away from the scrum. Centre Parkes gets motoring up the outside and finds Halfpenny in support who cuts a great line to the whitewash. He converts his own try.
Cheetahs get their first points on the board after 21 minutes of play with outside half Johan Goosen slotting a penalty.
Halfpenny is replaced by Dan Jones and Patchell steps up for a long range penalty. He has the range, just like Halfpenny did earlier on the half, but it just pushes wide of the upright.
With just a few minutes remaining in the first half Steff Evans makes a wonderful break in midfield. He dances around five or six Cheetahs defenders, frees himself, puts in a chip over the top and scores a second try! Patchell adds the conversion.
Half time 24-3
Scarlets fire in to action early on in the second half with a try from winger Tom Prydie. The Scarlets put the Cheetahs under huge pressure in their half and after scrum half Gareth Davies is replaced by Jonathan Evans the Scarlets pack get the ball flowing through the hands with Scott Williams putting in a wonderful pass before Prydie touches down under the posts. Patchell adds the conversion.
Wyn Jones makes a return to the field on the 45 minute mark, his first game since the Six Nations campaign when he injured his hamstring.
Whilst John Barclay receives a standing ovation from the entire ground, including the coaching staff, captain Ken Owens goes and scores from the rolling maul! Fifth try of the evening with Patchell converting.
Replacement scrum half Jonathan Evans crosses for the region’s sixth try on the hour mark as he dashes towards the whitewash from the 22 line. He dives in time to touch down and Scarlets go 43-3 ahead.
Fifteen minutes remain and Tadhg Beirne is replaced by Aaron Shingler. An emotional send off as Parc y Scarlets erupts. Every man, woman and child are on their feet.
Scott Williams leaves the field of play at Parc y Scarlets for the last time as a Scarlet. Another emotional farewell.
The Cheetahs cross the whitewash with ten minutes remaining after frantic defensive work by the Scarlets. TMO is called upon for foul play earlier on in the phase where Tom Prydie is manhandled without the ball. Try disallowed.
It’s the Cheetahs who finish the game strongly with fullback Clayton Blommetjies scoring Cheetahs’ only try of the evening.
Final score 43-8
Man of the match: Steff Evans
A huge thank you to everyone for your support this season and we look forward to seeing you in Glasgow!
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