Scarlets A, sponsored by Juno Moneta Group, faced Leinster back for the second time at Parc y Scarlets as they returned to play off the final on Saturday the 20th of October.
After an eight try triumph of a game the previous week against the Dragons the young Scarlets boys were bouncing of energy as they secured their place in the inaugural final.
Despite gaining a very last minute try in the last ten minutes in the game, the visitors two early tries of the game saw them gaining the champions title of the Celtic Cup.
Speaking after the game head coach Richard Kelly said; “Despite the loss today, there’s a lot of positives to come out of this game, many of the players put their hands up and stepped up. Obviously there’s going to be a lot of learning coming out of today like it has been throughout the tournament, and the biggest thing is the boys stuck at it with resilience again, I’m immensely proud of the boys.”
Commenting on the overall tournament and its benefits to the players, Kelly went on to say; “It’s allowed them to compete in the higher intensity game, growing week on week to see improvement individually and collectively as a team. We spoke about it not being the end of the season for the guys, it’s very much the start when the opportunities start coming in next week, with the seniors facing the Southern Kings in South Africa and the international boys going away, hoping a lot of empty positions will allow the boys to put their hands up and step up and show their performance, likewise with the under 20’s.”
With the Celtic Cup being a totally new adventure for all teams Richard went on to comment; “I think the Cup is here to stay, there’s quite a lot of learning, but they put a lot of effort in today and like I said we just have to make sure they keep building on their game performance and skills.”