Scarlets headed to Twickenham Stoop to take on Harlequins in the third round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign.
Despite being outscored five tries to one the young Scarlets showed plenty of determination and endeavour with the scrum a particular point of strength.
Scarlets have an early opportunity to get the scoreboard ticking over with Quins penalised in their own half. Jacob Botica steps up but the ball is pulled wide of the uprights.
With twenty minutes on the clock the Quins cross for the first score of the afternoon through a Henry Cheeseman try. The homeside had put the young Scarlets under a period of pressure in our own 22 and despite a solid effort soaking up the push by their forwards Cheeseman broke through for a try. James Lang added the conversion.
A second try comes just minutes later as the Quins head back into Scarlets’ 22. A kick to the corner, a line out win and a big push by the Quins forwards gives scrum half Dave Lewis an opportunity to snipe from the back of the maul. He’s secured a second try for his side with Lang adding the conversion.
It’s the homeside who finish strongly with an attacking phase in Scarlets territory and despite a short period of possession by the young Scarlets their unable to make an impact from deep.
Half time: Harlequins 14 Scarlets 0
Quins are showing similar pressure to that of the first half early on in the second half. A kick to the corner sees them winning a five-metre line out. The Scarlets are are penalised with the referee playing advantage in Quins’ favour for collapsing the mauk.
They kick to the corner for a second time and despite another mammoth defensive effort by the Scarlets flanker Archie White eventually crosses the whitewash securing a third try for Quins. Lang adds the conversion.
Quins put boot to ball on a loose pass. Centre Henry Cheeseman is on the chase, he touches down over the line but he's knocked the ball on. It’s a Scarlets scrum five. Possession is relinquished and a sustained period of pressure in the 22 sees outside half James Lang cross for Quins’ fourth try of the afternoon. He converts his own try.
With less than ten minutes on the clock Scarlets get their first points on the board through a composed passage of play in Quins’ 22. Both forwards and backs combine well and on this occasion manage to break the line with Bryce Morgan claiming the try. Jack Maynard adds the conversion.
We’re in to the final minutes. Scarlets lose possession inside our own half and winger Ross Chisholm crosses for another Quins try. He runs in from 40m unaided before being tackled on the line but he touches down to secure the try. Lang adds the conversion
Harlequins’ victory sees them progress through to the semi final of the competition.
Final score: Harlequins 35 Scarlets 7