Scarlets’ young side faced a strong Sale Sharks side at Parc y Scarlets on Friday evening in the final pool round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign.
After two first half tries, from Jac Price and Lee Rees, the Scarlets were within a point of Sale in the second half.
The young Scarlets side, that including five debutants, put on a brave, determined and hearty performance wearing the Scarlets jersey with pride.
Scarlets get the scoreboard ticking over with a try from debutant winger Jac Price crossing the whitewash after five minutes of play. The Scarlets win a penalty inside their own half and from the scrum they build an attacking base.
The ball is chipped ahead, the chase is on. Scrum half Lee Rees nearly gets hands on the ball but Sale have defenders on the case. He can’t quite get his hands on the ball and winger Price takes his chance, boots a neat chip to the ball and touches down.
Sale get back downfield with a kick to the corner. They win a line out inside Scarlets’ 22. It’s a drive to the line but a penalty comes in favour of the homeside. Reset scrums seems to give Sale the upper hand but Scarlets hold strong. Sale come again and winger Josh Charnley crosses in the corner. Scrum half Will Cliff misses the conversion.
Sale are back down field within minutes and they score a try from a well worked line out move. The ball comes quickly off the top, flanker Ben Curry ships it across the line before hooker Rob Webber crosses under the posts. Cliff adds the conversion.
A miss pass and a little bit of clear space in midfield sees Sale push through Scarlets’ line. Their attacking runners are away and Curry crosses for their third try. Cliff adds the conversion.
Scarlets are on the front foot in Sale’s half. They have go forward and a Sale error sees Scarlets awarded a penalty. Both captain’s are spoken to about team discipline. Scarlets take the points.
Scrum half Will Cliff is sent to the bin for technical infringement in his own 22 whilst Scarlets are on the attack. Maynard steps up and adds the penalty.
Scarlets come back within a point of Sale as the clock ticks towards the 40 minutes. An enterprising run by the young Scarlets sees winger Jac Price heads up the touchline. He spots a gap, he’s away. He throws a basketball pass and Lee Rees is there to gather and he’s got the pace and power to get himself over the tryline! Maynard converts.
Half time: Scarlets 18 Sale Sharks 19
Sale have an attacking phase early on in the second half. They win a driving line out and march on towards the whitewash but Scarlets’ defensive line holds strong. We win a scrum penalty and Maynard kicks us downfield.
Scarlets’ line out throw is deemed not straight. Sale get the ball away from their scrum quickly and run in to Scarlets’ 22. Despite a tap on the Sale attacker scrum half Cliff crosses for fourth try and converts his own try.
A fifth try comes quickly after as winger Aaron Reed spots a space out wide. He gets over the line with Cliff converting.
Replacement scrum half Faf de Klerk is shown a yellow card. His reaction, of kicking the ball away from play, sees him shown a second yellow after 58 minutes and he’s off for the remainder of the game.
Scarlets get an attacking run underway deep in Sale’s half with Daf Hughes just millimetres away from the tryline when he’s bundled into touch.
Scarlets’ Bryce Morgan is shown a yellow card for killing the ball on the line. Scarlets are down to fourteen men as they defend a strong Sale attack and captain Josh Strauss crosses for a try. Centre Cameron Redpath converts.
Replacement hooker Curtis Langdon uses his strength to cross in the corner pushing Sale to 45 points. Redpath misses the conversion.
Final score: 18-45
5’ Try – Scarlets Jac Price
6’ Missed conversion – Scarlets Jack Maynard
12’ Try – Sale Josh Charneley
14’ Missed conversion – Sale Will Cliff
18’ Try – Sale Rob Webber
19’ Conversion – Sale Will Cliff
21’ Try – Sale Ben Curry
21’ Conversion – Sale Will Cliff
23’ Penalty – Scarlets Jack Maynard
28’ Penalty - Scarlets Jack Maynard
29’ Yello card – Sale Will Cliff
37’ Try – Scarlets Lee Rees
38’ Conversion – Scarlets Jack Maynard
48’ Try – Sale Will Cliff
49’ Conversion – Sale Will Cliff
51’ Try – Sale Aaron Reed
52’ Conversion – Sale Will Cliff
58’ Yellow card x2 – Sale Faf De Klerk
58’ Red card – Sale Faf de Klerk
75’ Try – Sale Curtis Landong
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