Play-off hopes take a hit as Edinburgh stage second-half comeback

Play-off hopes take a hit as Edinburgh stage second-half comeback


VS


Scarlets
Edinburgh Rugby

12 - 20

Scarlets
Edinburgh Rugby

12 - 20
HT: 0-12S
06 Apr 2019
18:45
Parc y Scarlets

Guinness PRO14
Ref: George Clancy

Scarlets suffered a huge blow to their Guinness PRO14 play-off hopes after Edinburgh produced a strong second-half comeback to claim the spoils at Parc y Scarlets.

The home side led 12-0 at half-time thanks to tries from Wales internationals Gareth Davies and Jonathan Davies.

But inspired by man of the match Jaco van der Walt, Edinburgh posted 20 unanswered points after the break to move them six points clear of the Scarlets in the play-off race with only two rounds remaining.

The match between fourth and fifth in the Conference B table had been billed as must-win by head coach Wayne Pivac, who had demanded far more energy and physicality from his side in the wake of their disappointing loss to Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park.

For the opening half hour he got just that as the home side, bolstered by six returning Grand Slam winners, caused Edinburgh all sorts of problems with a high-tempo attacking game.

With the Scarlets putting the ball through the hands, they constantly probed the wide channels and their ambition was rewarded with the game’s first try on 11 minutes.

An inside pass from Dan Jones saw Leigh Halfpenny slice open the visitors’ defence with a scything attacking run;  the full-back then found Gareth Davies, who produced a trademark sidestep to beat the last defender and cross at the posts. Halfpenny added the extras.

It needed a crucial scrum penalty on their own line for the Scarlets to keep Edinburgh at bay and on 24 minutes the home crowd were celebrating a second score.

It was another scintillating effort from the Scarlets, started by a smart chipped drop-out from Dan Jones, which landed perfectly in the arms of Johnny McNicholl.

McNicholl hared upfield and with the Edinburgh defence stretched, wing Steff Evans put Jon Davies over on his inside.

Scarlets skipper Ken Owens was shown yellow two minutes before the interval, but Edinburgh fly-half van der Walt pulled his penalty attempt to ensure the home side went in at half-time 12-0 to the good.

 Edinburgh, though, came out for the second half with real purpose.

Van der Walt landed a penalty from straight in front then the Scarlets came close to a third score when Jon Davies and McNicholl combined out wide, only for referee George Clancy to penalise Halfpenny for a neck roll.

As the game went on, Edinburgh grew in confidence.

Centre Matt Scott, a late inclusion for Chris Dean, cut through to begin the comeback, then man of the match van der Walt intercepted a Halfpenny off-load to race 60 metres unopposed to the line.

The fly-half converted and added a further penalty and despite the Scarlets’ late efforts there was no way back.

 

SCARLETS - Tries: G. Davies, J. Davies. Con: L. Halfpenny

EDINBURGH - Tries: M. Scott, J. van der Walt. Cons: J. van der Walt (2). Pens: van der Walt.

Referee: George Clancy (IRFU)

Attendance: 8,733


Scarlets
No NameShort T C D P
1 Rob Evans 0 0 0 0
2 Ken Owens 0 0 0 0
3 Samson Lee 0 0 0 0
4 Lewis Rawlins 0 0 0 0
5 Steven Cummins 0 0 0 0
6 Will Boyde 0 0 0 0
7 James Davies 0 0 0 0
8 Uzair Cassiem 0 0 0 0
9 Gareth Davies 1 0 0 0
10 Dan Jones 0 0 0 0
11 Steffan Evans 0 0 0 0
12 Hadleigh Parkes 0 0 0 0
13 Jonathan Davies 1 0 0 0
14 Johnny McNicholl 0 0 0 0
15 Leigh Halfpenny 0 1 0 0
16 Marc Jones 0 0 0 0
17 Wyn Jones 0 0 0 0
18 Werner Kruger 0 0 0 0
19 Josh Helps 0 0 0 0
20 Josh Macleod 0 0 0 0
21 Kieran Hardy 0 0 0 0
22 Kieron Fonotia 0 0 0 0
23 Ioan Nicholas 0 0 0 0
Edinburgh Rugby
No NameShort T C D P
1 Pierre Schoeman 0 0 0 0
2 Stuart McInally 0 0 0 0
3 Willem Nel 0 0 0 0
4 Ben Toolis 0 0 0 0
5 Grant Gilchrist 0 0 0 0
6 John Barclay 0 0 0 0
7 Hamish Watson 0 0 0 0
8 Viliame Mata 0 0 0 0
9 Henry Pyrgos 0 0 0 0
10 Jaco Van Der Walt 1 2 0 2
11 Duhan van der Merwe 0 0 0 0
12 Chris Dean 0 0 0 0
12 Matt Scott 1 0 0 0
13 Mark Bennett 0 0 0 0
14 Damian Hoyland 0 0 0 0
15 Darcy Graham 0 0 0 0
16 Ross Ford 0 0 0 0
17 Rory Sutherland 0 0 0 0
18 Simon Berghan 0 0 0 0
19 Callum Hunter-Hill 0 0 0 0
20 Magnus Bradbury 0 0 0 0
21 Charlie Shiel 0 0 0 0
22 Simon Hickey 0 0 0 0
23 George Taylor 0 0 0 0

Scorecard
Scarlets
Try
Gareth Davies
11 min
Con
Leigh Halfpenny
12 min
Try
Jonathan Davies
26 min
Miss Con
Leigh Halfpenny
27 min
Edinburgh Rugby
Miss Pen
Jaco Van Der Walt
40 min
Pen
Jaco Van Der Walt
45 min
Try
Matt Scott
60 min
Con
Jaco Van Der Walt
61 min
Try
Jaco Van Der Walt
65 min
Con
Jaco Van Der Walt
66 min
Pen
Jaco Van Der Walt
69 min