Scarlets slump to Munster defeat

Scarlets slump to Munster defeat

RESULT
Scarlets V Munster
10 OCT 2021 KO 14:00 | Parc y Scarlets
13
 
43
United Rugby Championship
Att.: 6336 S4C
Head to Head
Scarlets Munster
WINS
14
29
LOSSES
29
14
DRAWS
2
2


Scarlets slumped to a hugely disappointing 43-13 loss to Munster at a sun-kissed Parc y Scarlets in the third round of the United Rugby Championship.

The home side never got going as Munster ran in six tries, three in each half, to a lone effort from Johnny McNicholl.

Afterwards head coach Dwayne Peel admitted the performance was way below standards expected of his squad with the Scarlets needing to dust themselves down before they head to Dublin to take on defending champions Leinster next Saturday.

Despite having made a number of changes to their starting line-up, Munster started the game with real confidence and took advantage of some early Scarlets slumber with a try after just three minutes through No.8 Jack O’Sullivan.

Fly-half Ben Healy converted then added a penalty to push his side 10-0 ahead, a score which sparked the Scarlets into life.

After a slick backline attack, wing Steff Evans dived in at the corner, but the score was chalked off after the TMO spotted a knock-on in the build-up. Replays also showed Evans’s foot in touch just before he touched down.

Scarlets did get on the board on 15 minutes through the boot of Sam Costelow after Munster had infringed at the breakdown, but it was the visitors who were celebrating again after centre Liam Coombes was worked away for his side’s second try. Healy’s conversion took the score out to 17-3.

Back though, came the Scarlets and a smart piece of opportunism from Costelow paved the way for the first home try.

Picking up a bouncing ball, the young fly-half darted through the Munster defence then delivered a perfectly-weighted chip into the path of full-back McNicholl who gathered and dived over at the posts. 

Costelow’s conversion and a further penalty reduced the lead to 17-13, but it was Munster who were to have the final say of the half with a looping pass finding wing Calvin Nash out wide for his side’s third score of the afternoon.

Needing a strong response straight from the restart, the Scarlets went further behind when prop Jeremy Loughman drove over from close range for the bonus-point score.

Man of the match Chris Cloete, who bossed the breakdown area, added another, then Liam Coombes pounced on a loose ball for Munster’s sixth try.

Scarlets had plenty of opportunities to add to their tally, but couldn’t find the finishing touch in the red zone and it was Munster who ran out comfortable winners to continue their unbeaten start to the URC season.

RESULT
Scarlets V Munster
10 OCT 2021 KO 14:00 | Parc y Scarlets
13
 
43
United Rugby Championship
Att.: 6336 S4C

SCORECARD
ScarletsMunster
Johnny McNicholl
TRY Jack O'Sullivan
Liam Coombes(2)
Jeremy Loughman
Calvin Nash
Chris Cloete
Sam Costelow
CON Ben Healy(5)
Sam Costelow(2)
PEN Ben Healy
- DG -
- YC -
- YC -


Head to Head
Scarlets Munster
WINS
14
29
LOSSES
29
14
DRAWS
2
2


SCORECARD
ScarletsMunster
Johnny McNicholl
TRY Jack O'Sullivan
Liam Coombes(2)
Jeremy Loughman
Calvin Nash
Chris Cloete
Sam Costelow
CON Ben Healy(5)
Sam Costelow(2)
PEN Ben Healy
- DG -
- YC -
- YC -




Scarlets slumped to a hugely disappointing 43-13 loss to Munster at a sun-kissed Parc y Scarlets in the third round of the United Rugby Championship.

The home side never got going as Munster ran in six tries, three in each half, to a lone effort from Johnny McNicholl.

Afterwards head coach Dwayne Peel admitted the performance was way below standards expected of his squad with the Scarlets needing to dust themselves down before they head to Dublin to take on defending champions Leinster next Saturday.

Despite having made a number of changes to their starting line-up, Munster started the game with real confidence and took advantage of some early Scarlets slumber with a try after just three minutes through No.8 Jack O’Sullivan.

Fly-half Ben Healy converted then added a penalty to push his side 10-0 ahead, a score which sparked the Scarlets into life.

After a slick backline attack, wing Steff Evans dived in at the corner, but the score was chalked off after the TMO spotted a knock-on in the build-up. Replays also showed Evans’s foot in touch just before he touched down.

Scarlets did get on the board on 15 minutes through the boot of Sam Costelow after Munster had infringed at the breakdown, but it was the visitors who were celebrating again after centre Liam Coombes was worked away for his side’s second try. Healy’s conversion took the score out to 17-3.

Back though, came the Scarlets and a smart piece of opportunism from Costelow paved the way for the first home try.

Picking up a bouncing ball, the young fly-half darted through the Munster defence then delivered a perfectly-weighted chip into the path of full-back McNicholl who gathered and dived over at the posts. 

Costelow’s conversion and a further penalty reduced the lead to 17-13, but it was Munster who were to have the final say of the half with a looping pass finding wing Calvin Nash out wide for his side’s third score of the afternoon.

Needing a strong response straight from the restart, the Scarlets went further behind when prop Jeremy Loughman drove over from close range for the bonus-point score.

Man of the match Chris Cloete, who bossed the breakdown area, added another, then Liam Coombes pounced on a loose ball for Munster’s sixth try.

Scarlets had plenty of opportunities to add to their tally, but couldn’t find the finishing touch in the red zone and it was Munster who ran out comfortable winners to continue their unbeaten start to the URC season.