After the elation of the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter final, against La Rochelle, at Parc y Scarlets last week the West Wales region welcomed Glasgow to the Parc in the Guinness PRO14.
A victory was a must to ensure that the Scarlets remain in contention for a home play-off game at the end of the season.
A brace of tries from Rhys Patchell would help the Scarlets seal a victory over Conference A leaders and keep third placed Edinburgh six points adrift.
Scarlets got their final home game of the regular Guinness PRO14 season underway with a kick into Glasgow territory.
The opening nine minutes were spent in Glasgow’s half but despite plenty of pressure on the visitors the Scarlets didn’t manage to get early points on the board.
With eleven minutes on the clock Glasgow are awarded a penalty inside Scarlets’ territory as they rip ball from home hands. Russell lines up a penalty but he misses keeping the score 0-0.
Scarlets get a kickable penalty inside Glasgow’s 22 but Halfpenny uncharacteristically hit the upright. Scarlets regather and the homeside work the ball through the phases with Rhys Patchell crossing the whitewash for the opening try.
Glasgow are penalised for a high tackle with Halfpenny stepping up to the plate. This time the penalty is over moving Scarlets eight points ahead.
Half time: Scarlets 8 Glasgow 0
Glasgow get the second half underway in dramatic fashion with number 8 Ryan Wilson storming into Scarlets territory. They put pressure on the Scarlets line in the 22 but the defensive effort is too strong. Referee Clancy plays advantage in the visitors favour awarding Glasgow a penalty. Peter Horne gets their scoring underway with three points.
Halfpenny pushes the Scarlets eight points ahead again with a penalty after thirteen minutes of play in the second half. The Scarlets forwards doing a great job in the scrum winning a kickable penalty for the fullback.
Minutes later Gareth Davies reads Glasgow’s play exceptionally well inside Scarlets’ half and he shows a clean pair of heels running 65m to score in the corner.
James Davies wins a penalty at the breakdown for the Scarlets on Glasgow’s 10m line after an attacking phase by the homeside. Halfpenny steps up adding an important three points to his side’s tally as we reach the hour mark.
Glasgow get moving from the restart into Scarlets’ 22. Scarlets’ defensive effort looks organized and solid but replacement scrum half Henry Pyrgos spots a gap and heads over the whitewash for their first try of the afternoon. Horne, who created the try initially, misses the conversion.
With just five minutes remaining on the clock Scott Williams is given a standing ovation as he leaves the field for what could be his last home game at Parc y Scarlets.
A break in play for a Glasgow injury allows for Tadhg Beirne to make his way to the sidelines. The home supporters are on their feet once again giving the Irishman a warm round of applause.
Glasgow have possession in the final minutes but Scarlets keep them camped in their own 22, unable to break through and make their way closer to the opposing tryline.
Scarlets win the turnover. Patchell makes a break and is floored just short of the whitewash. The ball is back with Glagow but not for long. They kick away with Halfpenny charging back into their defensive line. Scarlets get the ball out wide, great hands from James Davies to Patchell sees him cross for his second try of the afternoon. Halfpenny adds the conversion to bring the game to a close.
Final score: Scarlets 26 Glasgow 8
Man of the match: Rob Evans
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