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Scarlets grind out historic victory


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Scarlets
Ulster Ravens

13 - 24

Scarlets
Ulster Ravens

13 - 24
HT: 0-0S
20 Jan 2018
14:0
Parc y Scarlets

British & Irish Cup
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In the final pool stage of the European Rugby Champions Cup Scarlets welcomed former champions Toulon to the Parc needing nothing less than a victory to make it through to the quarter-final stages of the competition.

Scarlets didn’t disappoint coming out of the blocks firing in the first half with an early try from winger Tom Prydie.

A further two tries followed in the half, from Hadleigh Parkes and Dan Jones, giving Scarlets the advantage heading in to the changing rooms at half time, despite Toulon’s two tries.

A passionate, determined and courageous performance in the second half saw Scarlets grind out the victory with the defensive effort putting a stop to Toulon’s hopes of crossing the whitewash.

The near sell-out crowd were treated to an enthralling 80 minutes of rugby with an electric atmosphere.

 

Scarlets got the final pool game of the 2017-18 European Rugby Champions Cup underway is true Scarlets fashion with a scintillating try from winger Tom Prydie after a sustained period of pressure from the kick-off in Toulon’s 22. Dan Jones added the conversion putting the homeside ahead after just three minutes.

7-0

Toulon came straight back at the Scarlets in a similar move pushing into Scarlets’ 22 from the restart. Their number eight Duane Vermeulen stormed over the tryline with Wayne Barnes confirming the try.

7-5

A dangerous tackle on James Davies in Toulon’s 22 sees Dan Jones add a penalty.

10-5

Toulon score a second try as we head towards the 20 minute mark as Chris Ashton makes a break along the touchline. He’s ankle-tapped by Paul Asquith but he’s close enough to lift himself and cross the tryline. Anthony Belleau adds the conversion to take Toulon five points ahead.

10-15

End to end stuff at Parc y Scarlets sees the homeside hit back with a second try as Hadleigh Parkes picks up a loose ball kicked by Aaron Shingler. A fourth try in the game in 20 minutes! Dan Jones adds the conversion.

17-15

The Scarlets win another penalty in Toulon’s territory after the visitors are penalised. Jones shows he fears no pressure by adding another three points.

20-15

Scarlets are penalised for not rolling away gifting the visitors a penalty opportunity. Belleau adds the three points bringing them back with two of Scarlets.

20-18

In what has been an emphatic first half outside half Dan Jones adds a third try on 33 minutes with a great run through the sticks making his own conversion an easy one!

27-18

Half time: Scarlets 27 Toulon 21

The second half got underway is just as emphatic a fashion as the first and Rhys Patchell got Scarlets’ first score on the board with a penalty after eight minutes.

30-21

Toulon claw back another three points through the boot of Belleau with Scarlets needing to keep their composure with twenty-five minutes still to play.

30-24

Toulon add another three points as Scarlets are penalised for another infringement in their 22.

30-27

Dan Jones kicks us deep into Toulon’s territory as we head back for an advantage on their ten metre line after a high tackle on Gareth Davies.

As we reach the 20 minute mark Toulon make it over the line after a sustained period of attack in our 22 but excellent Scarlets defence means the ball is held up.

We come back for a Toulon scrum but Scarlets pack put in a monumental effort, push the scrum away and turnover the ball.

The closing seven minutes are a tense affair. Toulon have possession and they work the ball back into Scarlets territory. The Scarlets continue to show a defensive effort of unrivalled proportion and keep Toulon entrenched on the ten-metre line. With the clock ticking towards the 80 Toulon keep the ball tight, Scarlets put in the big hits. With go-forward options limited Toulon put boot to ball on a drop goal attempt. They’re too far out. It drops short of the crossbar.

It’s game over and an emphatic victory for the Scarlets in the European Rugby Champions Cup securing a place in the quarter-finals!

Final score: Scarlets 30 Toulon 27

Man of the match: Hadleigh Parkes


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