Scarlets 14 – 13 Edinburgh

It was to be a frustrating night for players and supporters alike as the Scarlets took on Edinburgh. It started brightly enough for the home side with winger Fenby running a good angle from quick ball from a lineout to cross for a try in the corner. Despite a missed conversion, Scarlets fly half Aled Thomas soon extended their lead with a penalty.

What was to follow was error after error which Edinburgh were more than capable of taking advantage of. First was a knock on from a restart, leading to the visitors gaining 3 point from a penalty. The next restart from the Scarlets was kicked out on the full. From the ensuing scrum, Edinburgh worked the ball down field and with slick passing and a good running line also aided by Liam Williams rushing up out of defence saw Fife cross for a try. With the conversion, Edinburgh took the lead.

The first half stuttered on, with neither side being able to gain any continuity to their game. A penalty came the Scarlets way but with the clock already in the red, they simply kicked into touch to head into the break trailing 8-10.

The second half saw the Scarlets forwards attack the game with markedly more fire and intensity than they had shown in the first half. It was Edinburgh that struck first however with fly half Leonard extending their lead by another three points. Thomas hit back with a penalty of his own in the 52nd minute, just before he was substituted for Owen Williams, although with a four man overlap having gone begging, it was a wasted chance to secure more points.

Going into the last quarter, Edinburgh’s persistent infringing finally earned them a yellow card, yet for a change Williams was wayward with his kicking boot, with one hitting the posts and two drifting just wide.

With twelve minutes to go, Williams finally slotted over a kick from straight in front of the posts to give the Scarlets the slenderest of leads.

The whole of the second half had seen the majority of possession with the home side, with the Edinburgh lineout being easily disrupted by Shingler, and the Scarlets forwards making good inroads deep into the visitors’ 22. Yet a lack of patience and the inability to free the ball to their men out wide saw the home side unable to extend their lead.

Edinburgh made a desperate fight back going into the last two minutes as quick passing and a missed tackle saw Hamish Watson break clear into the Scarlets 22. A desperate tackle from Owen Williams, and an excellent turnover from full back Liam Williams, saw the home side re-gather possession, to see out the match as winners.

It was a disappointing display given the amount of possession and chances the Scarlets had in the second half. They will be thankful that they secured the four points from the win, but will be under no illusions as to how much work they have to do to really secure their place in the play offs. Edinburgh will be happier with their defensive effort, yet their misfiring lineout and inability to retain the ball are still causes of concern.

Full time score: Scarlets 14 – 13 Edinburgh

Teams

Scarlets: L Williams; N Reynolds, G Maule, A Warren, A Fenby; A Thomas, A Davies; P John, E Phillips, S Lee, J Ball, J SNyman, A Shingler, J Edwards, R McCusker (capt).

Replacements: M Rees, R Jones, D Manu, S Timani, K Murphy, G Davies, O Williams, K Phillips. 

Edinburgh: G Tonks, D Fife, B Cairns, B Atiga, L Jones, H Leonard, R Rees, A Jacobsen, S Lawrie, W Nel, P Parker, S Cox (captain), S McInally, H Watson, D Denton.

Replacements: A Titterrell, J Yapp, A Allan, R McAlpine, N Talei, C Leck, P Francis, T Brown.

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