A victory over Bath in the fifth round of the European Rugby Champions Cup was necessary if the Scarlets were to keep their European campaign alive.
The boys didn’t disappoint as they ran in three sensational first half tries, two of which whilst down to fourteen men, and scored a fourth early on in the second half to secure the bonus point.
Beautiful handling skills, mesmerising offloads and an attacking flair saw the Scarlets stun Bath in the first half and despite two second half tries the home side weren’t able to come close to the Scarlets.
Scarlets win an early penalty after just seconds in the game with Dan Jones kicking downfield but Bath kick it back into Scarlets’ 22.
The homeside take advantage in the opening minutes pushing their way into Scarlets territory but Scarlets hold strong. Ken Owens receives treatment to a bloody nose whilst former Scarlet Rhys Priestland is forced from the field after just three minutes of play.
With ten minutes on the clock centre Hadleigh Parkes gets the Scarlets firing with a beautiful pass to his centre partner Scott Williams. He’s fires a long pass out to Paul Asquith on the wing. He’s got great composure and he keeps hold of the ball in contact. He gets the ball out to second row Tadhg Beirne who rampages his way to the tryline putting in a sidestep any back would be proud of! Dan Jones adds the conversion.
Bath are on the attack in our 22. Barclay is offside and he's shown a yellow card. Freddie Burns adds a penalty for Bath.
Scarlets come on the attack with all fourteen players showing great attacking flair to get the West Wales region back into Bath’s 22. Aaron Shingler runs with flair towards the tryline. He offloads to try scorer Tadhg Beirne. The ball is shipped around with ease. We work it back towards the far touchline and Paul Asquith gathers it and crosses for the region’s second try.
We head into the final ten minutes of the first half, still down to fourteen men, and Scarlets run in a third try. Gareth Davies makes a break in midfield. He shows fantastic pace before sending a beautiful offload to Hadleigh Parkes back inside and he runs a clear line to score a try under the posts. Jones adds the conversion.
Bath 3 Scarlets 19
With just over a minute remaining on the clock for the first half Dan Jones adds a penalty as Bath are penalised deep in their own 22. They push ahead by 19 points looking for a fourth and bonus point try in the second half.
Half time: Bath 3 Scarlets 22
The Scarlets get the first score on the board after eleven minutes with Scott Williams crossing the whitewash to secure the bonus point! The forwards put in a huge shift after winning an advantage inside Bath’s 22. We return for a scrum in the corner. The ball is worked through the hands with some sensational handling work. The forwards keep the momentum alive, they try and push their way over the tryline with Rob Evans, Samson Lee, Tadhg Beirne, Ken Owens et al evident.
Patchell heads in to gather the ball from the floor just shy of the uprights, he spots a space out wide, puts in a grubber kick and Scott Williams is there to touchdown in the corner. Jones adds the conversion.
Bath come back with a try in the 57th minute as Matt Banahan crosses for a wonder try in the corner as he gathers a high ball from the crossfield kick and keeps himself away from the touchline to keep the ball alive. Burns adds the conversion.
The Scarlets win a penalty inside Bath’s half and Jones adds the conversion to take Scarlets 10-32 ahead.
As we reach the final ten minutes of the game Bath come back on the attack and score a try thrugh number 8 Zach Mercer. Burns adds the conversion but with only eight minutes remaining the Scarlets look to have the victory in the bag.
Jones adds a penalty to push the Scarlets to 35 points. The final moments are tense. The Scarlets have an opportunity to clear their lines and kick the ball off the park with the clock already displaying 80 but Bath somehow regain possession. They come back fighting and want to finish on a positive note. They make a charge to the line but Scarlets’ defence holds strong and it’s utter jubilation as the whistle is blown.
Scarlets keep the European campaign alive with Toulon the final pool opposition at the Parc next weekend.
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Man of the match: Tadhg Beirne
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