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October 29, 2010

Llanelli Scarlets 18 - 14 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Parc y Scarlets on Friday October 29th 2010 | 10 comments

DTH van der Merwe continued his try-scoring run
Scarlets had to survive a fight-back from Glasgow to claim a narrow win at a rain-soaked Parc Y Scarlets.

Rhys Priestland marked his 50th Magners League appearance by kicking all of the Scarlets points.

It looked comfortable for them as they raced into a 15-0 lead, but Lou Reed's yellow card allowed Glasgow in.

First Duncan Weir raced home from 40m before DTH van der Merwe added a second to bring them within a point, but Priestland sealed the Scarlets victory.

It takes them up to second in the Magners League on 24 points from seven games, while Glasgow remain 10th in the table with just two wins despite the losing bonus point.

The visitors should have been ahead inside 90 seconds, but Ruaridh Jackson pulled his kick wide when Deacon Manu failed to roll away.

The Scarlets responded with some good attacking moves in driving rain and were rewarded with a penalty of their own when Ed Kalman came in from the side.

Priestland launched his first of two quick kicks, while Jackson missed another attempt at the other end in between.

Worse was to come for Glasgow, when on 33 minutes John Barclay was yellow-carded which allowed the Scarlets to build on their lead.

That came from two more penalties by Priestland to give the Welsh side a 12-0 half time lead.

Glasgow brought on Weir at the break for Jackson at fly-half, but it was Priestland who continued to add to the scoring with his fifth successful penalty.

But the tide turned dramatically and Glasgow took full advantage of the extra man when Lou Reed was sin-binned on 50 minutes as the home side were guilty of repeat offending.

Within four minutes, Weir exposed slack Scarlets defending to make a 40m run over the try-line, which he also converted.

And then centre Max Evans made a good break and offloaded to Van der Merwe on the left to cut in and claim a second try bringing Glasgow to 15-14 with the conversion.

The Scarlets needed some respite and they got that 12 minutes from time when Priestland kicked again. They pushed to see off the game but fell a metre short and then had to defend desperately in overtime as Glasgow kept the ball alive and went for the Scarlets' try-line only to knock on with the line in sight.

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Jon Welsh
Dougie Hall
Ed Kalman
Aly Muldowney
Richie Gray
Robert Harley
John Barclay
Richie Vernon
Colin Gregor
Ruaridh Jackson
Federico Aramburu
Graeme Morrison
Max Evans
DTH van der Merwe
Peter Horne
Fergus Thomson
Kevin Tkachuk
Ryan Grant
Tom Ryder
Calum Forrester
Henry Pyrgos
Duncan Weir
Colin Shaw
Match Substitutions
Off On
Peter Horne Colin Shaw
Off On
Ruaridh Jackson Duncan Weir
Off On
Colin Gregor Henry Pyrgos
Off On
Jon Welsh Ryan Grant
Off On
Dougie Hall Fergus Thomson
Off On
Ed Kalman Kevin Tkachuk
Off On
Aly Muldowney Tom Ryder
Duncan Weir Try 
Duncan Weir Conversion
DTH van der Merwe Try 
Duncan Weir Conversion
Posted by Kazakh Warrior on October 30, 2010 12:36 PM | Reply to this comment

Young Dunc forges ahead and does his reputation no harm...

Penalties killed us.

Posted by Tom on October 30, 2010 04:44 PM | Reply to this comment

Yes I agree indiscipline let us down again, but one really bright spot for me was seeing Max running with ball in hand looking for and finding DTH for the try. How often has he done that before!!

Posted by steve on October 30, 2010 08:42 PM | Reply to this comment

Absolutely right - Dunky had one bad kick that went too long and was brought back for a scrum. But they're a different team when he's on the pitch. Jackson for me is far from convincing. Wonder how much pressure is on Lineen from Robinson for Jackson to start?

Posted by vicki on October 31, 2010 08:26 PM | Reply to this comment

how about giving Jackson a run at full back if we are starting to look long term for a replacement for Bernie

Posted by hp18 on October 31, 2010 09:07 PM | Reply to this comment

Jackson ain't a fullback, i've no doubt he'll be a good 10 someday and we wont help matters by moving him around in the meantime. Regarding a Bernie replacement (not that we'll ever need one :P) Horne or Gossman would appear to be the best options.

Oh and i'm intrigued by the subs used during the game ;)

Posted by vicki on November 1, 2010 07:43 PM | Reply to this comment

of course we're going to need a replacement for Bernie eventually. He's 32 years old and won't go on for ever as you imply. Better to plan for the future and use Bernie to train up an eventual replacement for the full back berth.

Posted by hp18 on November 1, 2010 07:45 PM | Reply to this comment

Emphasis on the :P

Posted by Alan on November 1, 2010 10:25 PM | Reply to this comment

well, we knew that, hp ..but! ;)

Posted by Graham on November 1, 2010 07:51 PM | Reply to this comment

When are we going to see Duncan Weir/Frazier Climo at 10 for the Warriors. I just don't think Jackson has what it takes to compete at this level, Prem 1 he's at a great player but not Magners League or Heineken Cup and Test Match Level is beyond me.

Posted by Alan on November 1, 2010 11:04 PM | Reply to this comment

Climo?..I don't know. Weir?. he has shown what he can do and I hope his form continues. Jackson? He has already played (and won the IRB Nations Cup 2009) for Scotland A, so he can play at this level

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