Scarlets A headed to Cork, Ireland, for the fifth round of the Celtic Cup this weekend. The first half showed a promising game from both teams as they scored two tries apiece, but Munster came out on top in the second half and kept their winning streak alive after a nail biting few phases.
Scarlets began the first few minutes of the game at a disadvantage as Morgan Williams was immediately shown a yellow card for taking the man out in the air. The home team determined to show their local supporters they were in it to win it, as they secured the first try of the game with in the first 5 minutes.
The visitors grabbed every opportunity, as they secure their first try of the game, moments after Munsters’ with a 5 meter driving line out saw Shaun Evans crossing the line, and later converted by Dan Jones.
A penalty for the Scarlets from the 5m line next saw Rhys Fawcett cross his body over the line for a second try for the visitors and another successful conversion by Dan Jones.
Munster brought the gap closer on the board as they successfully kick a penalty for three points.
With the Scarlets pushing the pressure on the home team, reward was given in a penalty kick from Dan Jones. But it wasn’t long until the home team crossed the try line for their second try of the match alongside a conversion to bring the scoreboard to equal.
The play was flowing back and forth but another penalty for the home team in the contact area. In the dying seconds of the first half we saw Tom Phillips getting close, but Munster managed to turn the ball over into half time score with the home team on top.
Munster A - 20
Scarlets A - 17
The second half began with a strong push from the home team as they charged down the length of the pitch to secure a try.
Some great play from both teams flowing saw Scarlets’ Steff Evans setting up a try for Morgan Williams as he crosses the line. Dan Jones converted the try to tally up the scores
Penalty kick was given to the home team minutes before Steff Evans crosses the line for his own try for the Scarlets but unfortunately no conversion.
We saw both teams neck and neck in the closing few minutes of the game, but a one point gap wasn’t enough for Munster as they drew in another try and conversion.
Moments before the final whistle blew, Munster secured another 3 points from a penalty kick to bring the game to a close.
Munster A - 40
Scarlets A - 29
The try bonus could stand the Scarlets in good stead and keep their hopes of reaching the competition’s final stage alive with only one round remaining, against Dragons at Llandovery’s Church Bank next weekend.
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Morgan Williams, 13 Corey Baldwin, 12 Steff Hughes ©, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Dan Jones , 9 Kieran Hardy, 1 Rhys Fawcett, 2 Dafydd Hughes, 3 Berian Watkins, 4 Josh Helps, 5 Chris Long, 6 Stuart Worrell, 7 Shaun Evans, 8 Tom Phillips
Replacements; 16 Torin Myhill, 17 Kemsley Mathias, 19 Morgan Jones, 20 Joe Miles, 21 Declan Smith, 22 Osian Knott, 23 Ryan Conbeer
Stephens Fitzgerald, Clavin Nash, Shane Daly, Matt More, Liam Coombes, Bill Johnston © , Jack Stafford, Josh Wycherley, Diarmuid Barron, Jeremy Loughman, Fineen Wycherley, Darren O’Shea, Sean O’Connor, Jack Daly, Dave O’Callaghan.
Replacements: Alex McHenry, Ben Healy, John Poland, Cronan Gleeson, Eoghan Clarke, Keynan Knox, Paddy Kelly, Dan Walsh