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Date Time Competition Season
19 February 2022 7:35 pm United Rugby Championship 2021/22

Match Report

Connacht hold on for win in Wales despite red card

14 points from the boot of Jack Carty proved to be the difference as Connacht edged Scarlets 23-29 in a thriller at Parc Y Scarlets in the United Rugby Championship.

Connacht teased another collapse as they conceded 10 unanswered points in the final 20 minutes, and lost Leva Fifita to a red card with five minutes remaining, but held their nerve to collect their first away win of the season.

Tries from Sammy Arnold, Fifita and John Porch proved to be enough for Andy Friend’s men to claim their first ever win at Parc Y Scarlets.

Scarlets took an early lead in the first half as Dan Jones slotted over an early penalty, and all appeared to be going swimmingly for the Llanelli region as Scott Williams’ intelligent grubber kick found Johnny Williams, who marked his return from injury with a try.

Connacht bounced back in emphatic fashion however, as Arnold raced in unopposed for a score, before Carty added two quickfire penalties minutes apart to give Friend’s team a 10-11 lead, but was quickly cancelled out by Jones, who gave the Scarlets a 13-11 lead.

However, that proved to be as good as it got for the hosts as the Galwaymen responded swiftly through Fifita, and Carty kicked the points to make it 13-18 heading into the sheds.

The visitors picked up where they left off as Carty added a further three points just after the interval, and John Porch added a third try just minutes later to leave Connacht firmly in the ascendancy with just 20 minutes remaining.

Scarlets introduced Rhys Patchell and Javon Sebastian in an attempt to change the tie, and the move paid dividends almost immediately as the hosts scored a penalty try after Fifita fouled Hardy, which saw the Tongan receive his first yellow card.

However, it was a story of missed opportunities for the Scarlets as Kieran Hardy and Marc Jones wasted two try scoring opportunities due handling errors as they were about to score, leaving a case of what could have been for Dwayne Peel’s men.

Nevetheless, the Welsh region were offered a glimmer of hope as Fifita earned his second yellow and an inevitable red card for obstructing Ioan Nicholas. Rhys Patchell kicked the resulting penalty to leave things evenly poised at 23-29.

All hope quickly evaporated however as Scott Williams’ attempted tip on play drifted forward minutes later, as the province of Connacht breathed a sigh of relief knowing they’d picked up their first away win.

Scarlets

15Ioan Nicholas Full-Back
14Tom Rogers Full-Back
13Johnny Williams Centre 18'
12Scott Williams Centre
11Ryan Conbeer Winger
10Dan Jones 22 Fly-Half 19'
4', 35'
9Dane Blacker 21 Scrum-Half
1Steff Thomas Prop
2Dafydd Hughes 16 Hooker
3Samson Lee 18 Prop
4Sam Lousi Lock
5Morgan Jones Lock
6Aaron Shingler 20 Flanker
7Shaun Evans
8Sione Kalamafoni No. 8
16Marc Jones 2 Hooker
17Phil Price Prop
18Javan Sebastian 3 Prop
19Jac Price Lock
20Carwyn Tuipulotu 6 Forward
21Kieran Hardy 9 Back
22Rhys Patchell 10 Back 75'
23Joe Roberts

Connacht

15Tiernan O’Halloran Full-Back
14Peter Sullivan Winger
13Sam Arnold 23 Centre 22'
12Tom Daly Centre
11John Porch Winger 53'
10Jack Carty Fly-Half 41'
26', 33', 44', 49'
9Kieran Marmion 21 Scrum-Half
1Jordan Duggan Prop
2Dave Heffernan 16 Hooker
3Tietie Tuimauga Prop
4Niall Murray Lock
5Leva Fifita Lock 40'
63', 75'
6Cian Prendergast Lock
7Jarrad Butler No. 8
8Paul Boyle 20 Flanker
16Shane Delahunt 2 Hooker
17Greg McGrath Prop
18Jack Aungier Prop
19Eoghan Masterson Lock
20Abraham Papali’i 8 No. 8
21Caolin Blade 9 Scrum-Half
22Conor Fitzgerald Fly-Half
23Tom Farrell 13 Centre

Past Meetings

(Round 16)
41 - 36
PRO14
Parc y Scarlets

Scarlets v Connacht

(Round 6)
14 - 20
PRO14
The Sportsgrounds

Connacht vs Scarlets

Ground

Parc y Scarlets
Llanelli, Wales, SA14 9BU, United Kingdom