Davies double sees Scarlets home

Sat, 20 Apr 2013 21:22
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Jon Davies grabbed a try in each half to ensure The Scarlets' hopes of making the play-offs will remain solely in their hands after they saw off the Cardiff Blues.

Jon Davies grabbed a try in each half to ensure The Scarlets' hopes of making the play-offs will remain solely in their hands after they saw off the Cardiff Blues.

Despite trailing to an early Leigh Halfpenny penalty, two scores from Davies and another great individual effort from Lee Williams gave Scarlets the victory in a game that also marked the return of Rhys Priestland.

Scarlets came into the game boasting a four-game winning streak in the PRO12 and after Ospreys had failed to pick up any points against Glasgow Warriors on Friday, they knew a win would move them up into fourth spot.

And the importance of the occasion was seen immediately with a frantic start to the game, the initial few exchanges were packed full of turnover ball and end-to-end action as Cardiff's Harry Robinson made a few exciting breaks.

Scarlets flyhalf Owen Williams had the first attempt at goal from just inside his own half on nine minutes, but while his monster effort didn't lack power, it sailed just wide of the posts.

The first points didn't arrive until the 17th minute when a late tackle gave Welsh full-back Halfpenny the chance to give Cardiff the lead with a penalty which he duly took.

But play-off chasing Scarlets responded with the game's first try as Davies bundled over for his first score, cutting through the defence with ease as Williams added the extras for a 7-3 lead after 26 minutes.

Lou Reed almost provided a response for the visitors but was cut down just short of the line on 32 minutes. Halfpenny bagging his second penalty of the night after Scarlets were penalised a few phases of play later.

Williams then kicked another penalty after the Blues scrum was accused of not driving straight and that was the last action of the half as the hosts held a 10-6 advantage.

After the break Scarlets began to take the game away from their Welsh rivals, Davies grabbing his second just before the hour and Williams added the extras to give his side an 11-point advantage with 20 minutes to play.

The returning Priestland replaced Williams at flyhalf and his kicking was calling into action in very simple fashion after Williams had touched down beneath the posts for Scarlets' third try six minutes later after a great pick-up and sprint to the line.

With just one game remaining, Scarlets have opened up a four-point gap between them and Ospreys - the only side that can deny them a play-off semifinal appearance.

And victory over Treviso at Parc Y Scarlets next Friday evening will secure their spot in the play-offs and deny Ospreys the chance to defend their PRO12 title.

The scorers:

For Scarlets:
Tries: J Davies 2, L Williams
Cons: O Williams 2, Priestland
Pen: O Williams

For Cardiff:
Pens: Halfpenny 2

Scarlets: 15 Liam Williams, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Andy Fenby, 10 Owen Williams, 9 Aled Davies, 8 Rob McCusker (captain), 7 Josh Turnbull, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Johan Synman, 4 George Earle, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Phil John.
Replacements: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Rhodri Jones, 18 Jacobie Adriannse, 19 Jake Ball, 20 Sione Timani, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Gareth Maule.

Cardiff Blues: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Owen Williams, 13 Gavin Evans (captain), 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Harry Robinson, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Lewis Jones, 8 Michael Paterson, 7 Sam Warburton, 6 Josh Navidi, 5 Lou Reed, 4 Filo Paulo, 3 Scott Andrews, 2 Kristian Dacey, 1 Taufa'ao Filise.
Replacements: 16 Marc Breeze, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Benoit Bourrust, 19 Bradley Davies, 20 Luke Hamilton, 21 Alex Walker, 22 Ceri Sweeney, 23 Dafydd Hewitt.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
PRO14
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Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 10 10 0 0 48
Munster 10 7 0 3 36
Cheetahs 10 6 0 4 29
Cardiff Blues 10 4 0 6 19
Connacht 10 3 0 7 18
Zebre 10 3 0 7 16
Ospreys 10 2 0 8 11
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Scarlets 10 8 0 2 40
Leinster 10 8 0 2 37
Ulster 10 7 1 2 35
Edinburgh 10 6 0 4 28
Treviso 10 3 0 7 15
Dragons 10 2 1 7 13
Kings 10 0 0 10 4