|Connacht (7) 14|
|Strive: Papali’i, Dillane Cons: Carty|
|Scarlets (13) 20|
|Tries: Conbeer 2, Blacker Con: D Jones Pen: D Jones|
Scarlets held off late Connacht stress to maneuver as much as second in Pro14 Convention B with an necessary three-try win in a windswept Galway.
Ryan Conbeer scored two practically an identical tries both facet of Abraham Papli’i’s rating to provide the Welsh area a six-point lead on the break.
Dane Blacker elevated their benefit earlier than Ultane Dillane diminished the deficit for Connacht, who had a late attempt dominated out by the TMO as they sought to finish a second half turnaround.
The victory sees Scarlets, who’ve 12 gamers at present away on worldwide obligation, leap to second behind Munster, having performed six video games of the brand new marketing campaign.
Connacht, who claimed a dropping bonus-point, stay in fifth however have performed two video games fewer after their final two matches have been postponed because of Covid-19 issues for Benneton and Dragons.
Amid depressing circumstances either side produced admirable passages of play to create openings, with Scarlets full-back Johnny McNicholl a specific livewire with ball in hand.
McNicholl performed an instrumental position in Conbeer’s tries, each of which got here off the identical set piece transfer which noticed Scarlets take the ball out of the maul, transfer it proper throughout the pitch with McNicholl drawing Connacht’s wing infield permitting him to dump to Conbeer who equipped two neat finishes.
In between the 2 scores, Papali’i darted over from shut vary after Connacht’s forwards had labored by the phases to maintain the hosts very a lot within the hunt earlier than the interval.
After the break Blacker, whose sort out had stopped Connacht scoring simply moments earlier, crossed for Scarlets’ third.
The Irish province had all of it to do, and when Matt Healy knocked on following a hefty problem, simply metres from the try-line, it regarded as if issues have been simply not falling into place for Connacht nevertheless they rallied as lock Dillane powered over with 20 minutes left to set-up an thrilling end.
Nevertheless Scarlets’ defence held agency amid late Connacht stress, to safe their third win of the season.
Connacht: Porch; Wootton, Arnold, Daly, Healy; Carty, Reilly; McAllister, Delahunt, Kenny, Dillane, Thornbury, Boyle, Butler (capt), Papali’i.
Replacements: Murphy, Buckley, Aungier, Masterson, Oliver, Marmion, Farrell, Sullivan.
Scarlets: McNicholl; Conbeer, Hughes (capt), Asquith, S Evans; D Jones, Blacker; R Evans, Davies, Sebastian, Lousi, M Jones, Kennedy, J Morgan, Kalamafoni.
Replacements: Hughes, Value, Kruger, Drake, Cassiem, Homer, O’Brien, T Morgan.
Referee: Sam Grove-White (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Andrew Brace, Peter Martin (Eire)
TMO: Ollie Hodges (Eire).