Stylish Scarlets U18s shine in 45-17 victory over Dragons

Rob LloydAcademy News, News

Scarlets U18s turned on the style to run in seven tries in an impressive 45-17 win over the Dragons at the Parc y Scarlets training pitch.

Building on their encouraging first outing against Saracens, the young Scarlets dominated an entertaining contest played at a rapid tempo.

With the wind at their backs in the opening period, the home side took a firm grip on the game that they were never to relinquish.

Skipper Tiaan Sparrow was over first, powering across the whitewash following a strong carry from outstanding second row Will Evans.

Evans was involved in the second, offloading to lively hooker Lewis Jones, who found centre Gabe Thicker on his outside for the run-in. Fly-half Elis Price converted.

Dragons hit straight back with a close-range score from prop George Tuckley, but flanker Dom Kossuth (pictured) burst through for his side’s third, then wing Callum Woolley finished off a sweeping move with an outstanding finish for the fourth. Price converted both.

Despite some stubborn home defence, Dragons responded with a second try of their own on the stroke of half-time through wing Tayan Bevan-Jones to make it 27-10 at the break.

Scarlets, though, snuffed out any potential for a comeback from the Gwent visitors when Wales international Keanu Evans scored the Scarlets’ fifth, burgling the ball on the Dragons line soon after the restart.

Midway through the second half full-back Iori Badham raced over following a lovely show-and-go from replacement Ellis Payne, who added the extras to push the score out to 38-10.

Dragons full-back Jack Wood produced a moment of magic for a superb solo score, but the Scarlets were celebrating a seventh try when substitute back-rower Deian Gwynne, who made a big impact off the bench, touched down after good work from fellow replacements Bowyn Clarke and Alex Ridgway.

Dragons searched for a late consolation, but strong home defence kept them at bay.

The U18s are back in action on Wednesday evening when they take on Cardiff at the Arms Park.

Scarlets U18s – tries: T. Sparrow, G Thicker, D. Kossuth, C. Woolley, K. Evans, I. Badham, D. Gwynne. Cons: E. Price (3), E.Payne (2).

Picture: Sophie Lewis photography