A beautiful September afternoon down at Carmarthen Park saw the Scarlets secure a second half comeback to secure a win in the fourth round of the Celtic Cup.
With only two rounds left of the cup, this game was important to both teams. The first half began with an immediate try from the visitors, Connacht Eagles as Niall Murray had a successful run, and a quick off load pass to Jonny Murphy to cross the line, and later converted by Conor Fitzgerald.
Minutes after the first try of the match, saw Scarlets’ Morgan Williams’ seek an opportunity for a breakthrough to add the first few points on the board for the home team, with Dan Jones successfully kicking his first conversion.
After several minutes of play in the Scarlets’ 22’, several penalties given it was unfortunately a yellow card for Javan Sebastian, creating a 14 man team on the pitch. As a yellow card replacement we saw Berian Watkins going on for Tomi Lewis. Declan Smith went on to save a fantastic try that could have put the visitors at an advantage. The Eagles’ then went on to succeed their second try of the match with Conor Fitzgerald crossing the line and kicking a perfect conversion.
As we saw Javan Sebastian and Tomi Lewis return to the field after a yellow card, it wasn’t long until the home team was given another yellow card to Tom Phillips, the team back down to 14 men. Back’s duo Dan Jones, and Tomi Lewis had a great off-load run but the ball went into touch. After several phases of play, Stuart Worrell crosses the try line to add a further five points to the board, with Dan Jones keeping his kicking streak a float with another conversion.
Tom Phillips returned from his yellow card, as the referee blows the whistle for half time.
Half Time Score:
Scarlets A 14 Connacht Eagles 14
First few minutes of the second half set the tone for the rest of the game as we saw Scarlets’ Morgan Williams cross the white wash for his second try of the match, which was later converted by Dan Jones.
It was now a chance for the forwards to gain a try as hooker Dafydd Hughes crosses the line, and later converted by Dan Jones.
Connacht’s defence were strong, but our home captain Steff Hughes managed to seek an opportunity and successfully cross the white wash, putting the Scarlets’ ahead of the visitors and another tricky conversion for Dan Jones wasn’t an issue.
Several phases of play went on, with both teams making important replacements, with fresh new legs on the pitch Connacht Eagles saw their chance on an gaining another try as their driving scrum pushed Cian Huxford across the line, for the last try of the match.
Scarlets A 35 Connacht Eagles 19
15 Morgan Williams, 14 Tomi Lewis, 13 Corey Baldwin, 12 Steff Hughes ©, 11 Ryan Conbeer, 10 Dan Jones , 9 Declan Smith, 1 Jamie Hughes, 2 Dafydd Hughes, 3 Javan Sebastian, 4 Josh Helps, 5 Morgan Jones, 6 Tom Phillips, 7 Stuart Worrell, 8 Joe Miles
Replacements; 16 Torin Myhill, 17 Berian Watkins, 18 Kemsley Mathias, 19 Jac Price, 20 Chris Long, 21 Dafydd Land, 22 Osian Knott, 23 Tom Rogers
Connacht Eagles A;
15 Darragh Leader, 14 Hugh Lane, 13 Eoin Griffin, 12 Kieran Joyce © , 11 Conor Hayes , 10 Conor Fitzgerald , 9 James Mitchell, 1 Conan O’Donnell, 2 Jonny Murphy, 3 Conor Carey, 4 Niall Murray, 5 Joe Maksymiw, 6 Mikey Wilson, 7 James Connolly, 8 Neal Maylett
Replacements; 16 Shane Delahunt, 17 Matthew Burke , 18 Conor Kenny, 19 Cian Huxford, 20 Peter Claffey , 21 Stephen Kerins, 22 Luke Carty, 23 Sean O’Brien
|4||Bobby De Wee||0||0||0||0|
|6||Henry Brandon Brown||0||0||0||0|
|10||Martin du Toit||0||0||0||0|
|16||Alandré van Rooyen||0||0||0||0|
|18||Rossouw De Klerk||0||0||0||0|
|21||Rudi Van Rooyen||0||0||0||0|