Scarlets U18s went head to head against the Dragons at Ystrad Mynach in a game that ended in a thrilling 24-24 draw.
Scarlets dominated the first half to lead 19-10 thanks to a try from centre Rhun Phillips and two from second row Aaron Howles. However, the Dragons showed great determination during the second period to force their way back.
A bonus-point try from scrum-half Harry Williams looked to have secured the Scarlets the win, only for the home side to snatch a draw in the dying seconds.
The result means the Scarlets stay in second place in the Championship table and face a title decider against Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park next Tuesday.
Reflecting on the performance, head coach Euros Evans said: “We played some excellent rugby in the first half and fully deserved the 19-0 interval lead.
“In fairness to the Dragons, they came back hard at us but to be leading by seven points with a minute to go and not to win the game is disappointing.
“However, the three points we secured away from home keeps us in the second position and a victory next week against the Blues will see us crowned as champions.”
Summary of the match;
8’ TRY - Rhun Phillips 0-7
9’ CON - Josh Phillips 0-14
15’ TRY - Aaron Howles 0-12
16’ CON - Josh Phillips 0-14
17’ TRY - Aaron Howles 0-19
HT - 0-19
55’ TRY - Dragons 5-19
60’ TRY - Dragons 10-19
61’ CON - Dragons 12-19
62’ TRY - Dragons 17-19
68’ TRY - Harry Williams 17-24
70’ TRY - Dragons 22-24
70’ CON - Dragons 24-24
Scarlets Under 18s will now face Cardiff Blues at Cardiff Arms Park, KO 19:30, Tuesday 18th February, 2020