After losing to Leinster in the third round of the Celtic Cup at Parc y Scarlets, the Scarlets were determined to give it their all as they face them again in the final of the cup.
The first half began slowly with a penalty kick apiece, but it wasn’t long until the visitors saw their opportunity and scored their only two tries of the match. Both teams came out second half rearing to go, where we saw the home team secure their only try of the match to end the brilliant final.
The first few minutes of the first half saw the home team gain territory and sufficient penalties, but the visitors wanted the upper hand by putting their first three points on the scoreboard with a penalty kick from Ciaran Frawley.
After a few setbacks the home team managed to equal up the scoreboards with Jac Wilson successfully kicking a penalty for the boys in red.
The next few minutes were crucial to Leinster’s win as they secured two tries within minutes of one another with Ronan Kelleher crossing the white line twice and one successful conversion from Frawley.
Scarlets had their break with a cut through over the white line after a scrum but referee called it back which saw us give possession back to the visitors. The pressure was too much as they kicked the ball beautifully into touch in a great line-out position for the Scarlets minutes before halftime.
Scarlets 3 Leinster 15
Second half began with a different momentum from the home side as they alerted their opportunities and took them with great stride. Around the 50th minute the game was intense as the home team were meters away from securing a try but the ball got loose and was later kicked down the pitch.
Both teams made sufficient tactical replacements to their teams as they were both determined to come out with a win. But minutes later we saw Leinster’s Bryan Byrne given a yellow card which gave the Scarlets their well deserved moment to shine as Javan Sebastian crossed the white wash for a try.
The last few minutes of the game saw both teams under pressure to attack and defend but unfortunately for the Scarlets A it was the unbeaten Leinster who came out on top this evening as the WRU’s Celtic Cup winners.
Scarlets 8 Leinster 15
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Tomi Lewis, 13 Corey Baldwin, 12 Morgan Williams, 11 Ryan Conbeer, 10 Jac Wilson , 9 Kieran Hardy, 1 Kemsley Mathias, 2 Marc Jones, 3 Simon Gardiner, 4 Josh Helps © , 5 Chris Long, 6 Shaun Evans, 7 Dan Davis, 8 Tom Phillips
Replacements; 16 Dafydd Hughes, 17 Jamie Hughes, 18 Javan Sebastian, 19 Jac Price, 20 Stuart Worrell, 21 Joe Miles, 22 Declan Smith, 23 Joe Roberts
15 Jack Kelly © , 14 Adam Byrne, 13 Jimmy O’Brien, 12 Tom Daly, 11 Michael Silvester, 10 Ciaran Frawley, 9 Hugh O’Sullivan, 1 Peter Dooley, 2 Ronan Kelleher, 3 Vakh Abdaladze, 4 Mich Kearny, 5 Ross Molony, 6 Josh Murphy, 7 Scott Penny, 8 Caelan Doris
Replacements; 16 Bryan Byrne, 17 Ed Byrne, 18 Jack Aungier, 19 Ryan Baird, 20 Oisin Dowling, 21 Patrick Patterson, 22 Harry Byrne, 23 David Hawkshaw