Weekly Scarlets match report #1

Bath v Scarlets Recreation Ground 19:45 KO

Unfortunately missing two big players due to injury Halfpenny and Mcnicholl. But still have high hopes for this game. With Patchell starting at full back like he did last week, and his performance earned him man of the match! Its a must win game for both teams for a chance of the knockout stages of the champions cup.

Great to see some Welsh internationals in both starting line ups. One of the big talks for this game is the fly half Rhys Priestland. He left us at the Scarlets to join Bath just two seasons ago, and has made a big name for himself in the team and the Aviva premiership. Comparing him to the way he use to play for us and the way he plays now, he has so much more confidence in his game. He prepares a lot better for each game. He will be one of the biggest threats for the Scarlets.

After reading many stories, the main battle will be with the forwards. Scarlets are starting with the all Welsh front row. The back row – I think Shingler and James Davies our flankers, will need to target Priestland and not give him an inch of space.

First half

Scarlets under pressure right from the start.

Early penalty and Dan Jones misses touch from inside the Scarlets 22.

Bath going through many phases using their forwards slowly getting over the gain line. Some big tackles from Ken Owens and James Davies causing the slow gain.

5mins Big blow for Bath, Priestland pulls a hamstring after just 5mins of play. Freddie Burns comes on to replace him.

Danger man Anthony Watson catches a long kick and sprints through, finds space and makes loads of yards for Bath!

Watson looses the ball and Scarlets counter attack quickly.

11mins Great step from Beirne! Sends Anthony Watson completely the wrong way. Conversion successful by Jones Sca 7-0 Bath.

Great defense from the Scarlets to hold Bath off.

The traveling support for the Scarlets are taking over the stadium by singing there hearts out!

20mins yellow card to Barclay for coming in the side, penalty to Bath in front of the posts Sca 7-3 Bath.

Scarlets may struggle with 14 men

25mins Scarlets manage to find space out wide with only 14 men. Try Paul Asquith, failed conversion attempt by Jones, Sca 12-3 Bath.

30mins Gareth Davies makes a break from a line out with a strong hand off, offloads to Parkes, Parkes scores under the posts! Conversion successful by Jones Sca 19-3 Bath.

Great end to end stuff!

39mins Scarlets penalty, Bath bringing the scrum down, Jones kicks Scar 22-3 Bath.

40mins Gareth Davies kicks ball out to end first half.

Player of the half, I think has to be Ken Owens, big tackles and a number of them to hold strong in defense. From the backs, I think Gareth Davies has been on fire! Strong running with great hand offs which opens space for him to run into almost every-time.

Second half

Scarlets just need one try to have a bonus point. Bath are way off at the moment for a bonus loosing point, will it change in this half.

Bath starting strong like they started the first half.

45mins Big strong scrum from the Scarlets gives them a penalty in the first 5mins of second half. Jones misses touch to give Scarlets territory in the Bath half.

Asquith chases his one chip through and almost touches down, great cover from Bath full back.

48mins Penalty to Scarlets on Bath 5m line. Ken Owens calls for scrum.

50mins Scarlets on the attack and building phases, Patchell sees space behind and chips through to set up Scott Williams for the try, conversion successful by Jones Sca 29-3 Bath. Bonus point secured for Scarlets.

54mins Samson Lee put in a great shift, makes way for Vernon Kruger.

56mins Penalty to Bath, James Davies in from side, Bath go for touch.

57mins Cross field kick to Banahan and scores for Bath, conversion successful Sca 29-10 Bath.

60mins Bulbring off, Lewis Rawlins replaces.

62mins Great shift from Gareth Davies, Aled Davies comes on as a replacement.

Bath on the attack, struggling to break the Scarlets defensive line.

65mins Beirne for the Scarlets over the ball and gets the Scarlets the penalty. Jones kicks for touch.

66mins Josh Mcloud on for Jon Barclay, Rob Evans off for Wyn Jones.

67mins Great shift from Ken Owen, Ryan Elias replaces the captain.

68mins Bath smashed in the scrum! Great show of power from the Scarlets. Penalty Jones sails through the posts Sca 32-10 Bath.

Bath attacking again and still struggling to get passed the Scarlets defence.

Bath nearly in at the corner, Patchel makes the tackle and drags him into touch. What a try saving tackle from Patchell.

73mins Boyde comes on for James Davies, Steff Hughes comes on for Paul Asquith.

74mins Scarlets defense finally breaks and Bath are over for the try, conversion successful Sca 32-17 Bath.

76mins Austin Healey the BT commentator names Beirne from the Scarlets as man of the match. Well deserved!

Bath on the attack again looking to get within 7 for a bonus loosing point.

Scarlets fans singing hymns and arias around the recreation ground.

79mins Penalty to Scarlets Dan Jones converts Sca 35-17 Bath.

80mins and the Scarlets take the win in style away from home!

What a performance from Tadhg Beirne! Wow we are going to miss this fella next season. Unfortunately hes leaving us to join Munster to pursue his Irish international career. After this performance I would put him in the Irish Six Nations squad.

Overall I think its been a fantastic performance from the Scarlets. Played very similar to the way they won the Pro 12 final out in Dublin. Unbreakable defence and overpowering attacks. Bath had a lot of possession but only crossed over twice throughout the game. One of the key moments of the game in my eyes was the yellow card period. Scarlets were down to 14 men and managed to score two tries! Usually its the opposition that would do this. But they have proven this before in the semi final of the Pro 12 against Leinster. Steff Evans had a red card in this match and they still went on and won the game with 14 men.

Another big turn in the game may have been Priestland’s early departure not even making 5mins of game time. There was no big hit or broken bones or anything at all. Just following the game with Bath in the attack and he suffers a pulled left hamstring. Lets hope this does not affect his chances to play for Wales in the upcoming Six Nations.

After this win it puts the Scarlets top of the group with one game left to play, which will be Toulon home at Parc y Scarlets next weekend (Saturday 20th 17:30 KO). A win against Toulon would put us through with a home draw quarter final. If we loose against Toulon then we face an away draw.

Gatland will be naming his Welsh team on Tuesday, lets see how many players from these two sides will make the squad. After that, Pivac will announce the Scarlets squad on Friday for the game on Saturday. Lets hope we have Halfpenny and Mc Nichol back to cause even more damage in attacks.

Yma o hyd….


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  1. Great game of rugby. One of those special scarlets performances

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