Scarlets are into the Champions Cup semi final following a 29-17 victory over French side, La Rochelle at Parc y Scarlets on Friday evening.
Tries from Rhys Patchell and Scott Williams plus 19 points from the boot of Leigh Halfpenny sealed the victory for Wayne Pivac and his team.
La Rochelle managed two tries of their own through winger Vincent Rattez and replacement Pierre Boudehent and seven points from scrum half Alexis Bales but it wasn’t enough to topple the current Guinness Pro12 champions.
Scarlets started well and took the lead after just four minutes through the boot of full back Leigh Halfpenny, following a high tackle on captain Ken Owens.
La Rochelle scored a shock try out of nowhere five minutes later through winger Vincent Rattez. Fly half Jeremy Sinzelle went for the cross-field kick with the ball was fumbling around on the floor and after a long deliberation from the TMO he awarded the try to La Rochelle.
The home side hit straight back earning a penalty from the kick off and Halfpenny knocked over the three points to bring the Scarlets within a point after only ten minutes.
Scarlets were hit with an early injury to winger Paul Asquith with Josh Macleod coming on and James Davies moving to the wing, similar to what he did in last seasons PRO12 semi final.
Scarlets then regained the lead when Halfpenny made it three from three off the tee following a well earned penalty from substitute Macleod.
Both sides exchanged a penalty each before half time with the Scarlets leading 12-10 in a back and forth half.
Scarlets started the second half like the first and Halfpenny made it five from five and fully deserved, scarlets extended their lead back to five points after 45 minutes.
Magnificent defence by Scarlets on their own line for five minutes in the second half when under real pressure, showed the grit and determination to go with the flair they have stopping La Rochelle from regaining the lead.
The home side finally got themselves a try following a brilliant break by Hadleigh Parkes down the middle and a wonderful pass by Dan Jones sent Patchell over the whitewash and the Scarlets were in command with just twenty minutes to go, leading 22-10.
La Rochelle fought back but Scarlets defence was exceptional throughout, but with ten minutes left on the clock substitute Will Boyde received a yellow card and the Scarlets had to see the game out with 14 men.
The Welsh region sealed their semi final berth with another try, with just five minutes remaining, great hands in the backline allowed space for Davies to run down the wing before he gave a good offload inside to Scott Williams who had the pace to finish.
La Rochelle scored with the last play of the game following a break by Pierre Boudehent, who ran the length of the field, but it was only a consolation as Scarlets took the victory 29-17.
The Scarlets will face the winner of Leinster vs Saracens who play at the Arriva Stadium this weekend. The semi final will take place at either the Arriva stadium if Leinster are victorious or the Ricoh Arena in Coventry if the English based side win. The fixture will take place between the 20th and 22nd of April.