Pro14: Scarlets 10-13 Cardiff Blues

Matthew Morgan takes on Jonathan Davies and Gareth Davies
Scarlets (0) 10
Tries: Thomson Cons: Halfpenny Pen: Halfpenny
Cardiff Blues (10) 13
Tries: M Morgan Cons: J Evans Pens: J Evans 2

Cardiff Blues done the Official14 double over Scarlets with victory in Dai Young’s first recreation succor responsible.

Blues had been by no approach in the succor of following a Matthew Morgan try and eight points from wing-half Jarrod Evans.

Scarlets responded with a Blade Thomson try and five points from Leigh Halfpenny’s boot.

But Wales coach Wayne Pivac could be eager as Six Countries squad contributors Cory Hill, Wyn Jones and Tomos Williams had been forced off by means of hurt.

In distinction, Jake Ball, Ken Owens and Josh Navidi all returned to circulate after being named in the Six Countries squad.

Intervening time director of rugby Young missed the originate of the first recreation of his second spell responsible after being stuck in traffic for bigger than four hours, after the M4 motorway was once closed on account of of a severe accident.

Young has taken over from departed head coach John Mulvihill with this derby, brought forward from early March following the cancellation of the European community games.

Scarlets had been having a survey to avenge a 29-20 defeat by the an identical opposition two weeks ago, and had made six modifications.

Hover Johnny McNicholl replaced the suspended Liam Williams who had been sent off in the defeat. McNicholl was once joined before the whole lot facet by returning internationals Wyn Jones, Ryan Elias and Ball.

Scarlets flanker Josh Macleod was once the particular uncapped player named by Pivac, but was once ruled out of this recreation with a minor ankle challenge. Ed Kennedy lined up at openside with Scarlets moreover missing injured trio James Davies, Jac Morgan and Dan Davis.

Macleod was once due to be straight up in opposition to the spectacular James Botham, who was once left out after a hit three Wales caps in the 2020 autumn marketing campaign. Botham proved his sign the staring at Wales administration with a monumental man-of-the-match efficiency.

It was once a magical second from one other returning Welsh squad member Jarrod Evans with the wing-half producing a deft offload to living up a try for beefy-succor Morgan on his 100th Cardiff Blues appearance.

Cardiff Blues suffered a blow once they lost their captain and Wales lock Hill to an upper leg hurt.

Scarlets once more proved stuttering in attack and their lineout struggles persisted in a lacklustre first-half efficiency.

Young arrived in time to contain a look at Evans develop the Blues lead with a straightforward penalty to 10 points at half-time.

The company defensively dominated their opponents with Samoa centre Rey Lee-Lo proving essentially the most influential attacker on the subject.

Scarlets started the second-half extra encouragingly and examined the company defence sooner than slotting over a Leigh Halfpenny penalty.

The hosts welcomed the return of captain Owens after three months on the sidelines following shoulder surgery.

Scarlets suffered a double blow when prop Wyn Jones suffered a neck challenge and prominent Tonga number eight Sione Kalamafoni was once forced off a head hurt.

Jones was once greatest factual returning after improving concussion, while Kalamafoni’s hurt was once sustained when attempting to model out Cardiff Blues prop Dmitri Arhip whose elbow caught the Scarlets number eight in the face, an incident the officers judged as lawful.

Navidi returned to circulate for the first recreation of the season since four months out with concussion as he entered the subject with fellow Wales forwards Rhys Carre and Dillon Lewis.

There was once extra subject for Pivac when Blues scrum-half Tomos Williams was once forced off with an arm hurt sooner than Evans slotted over a penalty to revive the 10-level profit.

Scarlets had been denied a try for replacement Angus O’Brien after McNicholl pushed Morgan when chasing a harmful kick.

That tactic at closing paid dividends when Scotland flanker Thomson latched onto a kick from replacement Steff Hughes for a try Halfpenny converted majestically from the touchline to reduce the deficit to a pair points.

Replacement Scarlets scrum-half Kieran Hardy was once yellow-carded in the final minute for a deliberate knock-on because the company floor out the victory.

Scarlets head coach Glenn Delaney: “Frustration is one emotion you should discuss. When now we contain four or five probabilities on the aim-line the expectations are we’re going to screech those into points and we did not tonight.

“We must be better in those moments and we had enough territory and possession to rating extra points.

“You are regularly apprehensive even as you lose two in a row but I could be far extra aggravated if we weren’t creating probabilities to rating. We factual must be better in the final five or six metres and now we must take our probabilities.”

Cardiff Blues intervening time director of rugby Dai Young: “It’s seemingly you’ll well also by no approach underestimate a retract down here on account of it is an advanced online page to near. They’ve fantastic avid gamers who are properly-coached so it is required to savour each retract down here.

“Defensively we had been in appropriate form all night but I felt we gave away too many penalties in the second-half. I was once snug with the perspective and dedication though and it was once a retract constructed on personality and defence.”

Scarlets: Leigh Halfpenny; Johnny McNicholl, Jonathan Davies (capt), Johnny Williams, Steff Evans; Dan Jones, Gareth Davies; Wyn Jones, Ryan Elias, Javan Sebastian, Jake Ball, Sam Lousi, Blade Thomson, Ed Kennedy, Sione Kalamafoni.

Replacements: Ken Owens, Phil Mark, Werner Kruger, Tevita Ratuva, Uzair Cassiem, Kieran Hardy, Angus O’Brien, Steff Hughes.

Cardiff Blues: Matthew Morgan; Josh Adams, Rey Lee-Lo, Willis Halaholo, Hallam Amos; Jarrod Evans, Tomos Williams; Corey Domachowski, Liam Belcher, Dmitri Arhip, Seb Davies, Cory Hill (capt), Josh Turnbull, James Botham, Alun Lawrence.

Replacements: Kristian Dacey, Rhys Carré, Dillon Lewis, Rory Thornton, Josh Navidi, Lloyd Williams, Ben Thomas, Aled Summerhill.

Referee: Adam Jones (WRU)

Assistant referees: Dan Jones, Ben Whitehouse (both WRU)

TMO: Ian Davies (WRU).

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