Scarlets headed to the home of Scotland Rugby to take on Edinburgh in the huge 3rd v 2nd clash in the Guinness PRO14.
Scarlets’ wholesale changes saw the region field a new-look side for the Guinness PRO14 clash with three championship debutants in Josh Helps, Shaun Evans and Tom Rogers.
It wasn’t to be Scarlets’ afternoon as Edinburgh scored four unanswered tries in the opening half an hour and went on to score another four before the final whistle securing themselves a bonus point.
The result makes for a thrilling final round of the regular season with Scarlets needing to secure a win over Dragons at the Principality Stadium in two weeks time to ensure a home quarter-final draw.
It’s the homeside who get the scoring underway in dramatic fashion with a brace of tries within two minutes of each other in the opening ten minutes.
Fullback Blair Kinghorn finds himself on the end of an expansive attacking move, and despite calls from Scarlets players and supporters alike for a forward pass the try is awarded and Edinburgh are on the scoreboard. Hidalgo-Clyne’s conversion attempt is wide of the mark.
Just minutes later winger Duhan van der Merwe storms up the wing for a great individual try. Hidalgo-Cyne hits the mark on this occasion.
As we head towards the twenty minute mark scrum half Hidalgo-Clyne runs in a solo try from his own half. He converts his own try with the ball hitting the cross bar but the rub of the green sees the ball fall over for a conversion.
With 24 minutes on the clock Edinburgh cross for a bonus point try through flanker Magnus Bradbury. A neat pass out wide and space on the far touchline allows the backrower to glide across and touch down for the all-important bonus point try. Hidalgo-Clyne adds the conversion.
Scarlets put pressure on Edinburgh in their own 22. Great break by @steffhughes in midfield and the ball is shifted across field with Varndell crossing in the far corner. Dan Jones adds the conversion.
From the restart we get back into Edinburgh’s territory. The forwards do a spectacular job of working their way over the gainline. Advantage comes out way, the ball is shifted through the hands left to right with scrum half Aled Davies managing play. We head back to the right touchline and a neat little flick pass from Josh Macleod, who received from Werner Kruger, to Dan Jones sees him cross for the Scarlets’ second try. He converts.
Scarlets win a penalty in the closing seconds after putting in a great defensive display and kick downfield. Jones misses touch but Edinburgh kick the ball off the park for half time.
Half time: Edinburgh 26 Scarlets 14
Corey Baldwin comes on for the second half replacing Ryan Conbeer on the wing.
Just like the first half it’s Edinburgh who get the first points on the board in the second with the flying winger Duhan van der Merwe crossing for his second. Hidalgo-Clyne adds the conversion.
With an hour on the clock Edinburgh run in another try, this time for replacement Luke Crosbie after great hands from number 8 Cornell du Preez. Hidalgo-Clyne adds the conversion.
Scarlets win a penalty on Edinburgh’s five metre line as we head towards the 70 minutes. Dan Jones kicks to the corner, Scarlets walk the driving maul to the line but penalty goes Edinburgh’s way.
The visitors relinquish possession with Edinburgh running in another two tries before the final whistle pushing their final points tally over the 50 point mark.
Final score: Edinburgh 52 Scarlets 14
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