Scarlets remain undefeated in the Guinness PRO14 thanks to a nail-biting 25-21 win over Glasgow, their fifth success over the Scots in six meetings.


Defeat leaves the Warriors, finalists last season, with a bonus point but still looking for a first win following their hammering last week at the Cheetahs.

The game was won by the Scarlets in a seven-minute period early in the second half when they scored three tries, through scrum-half Kieran Hardy, centre Paul Esquith – on his 50th appearance – and winger Steff Evans.

Conversions from Hardy and Angus O’Brien had the visitors 16 points ahead, which proved too much for the home side to come back from – despite a brave fightback.

Scarlets lost a line out in lively opening 10 minutes and were also twice penalised at scrums, allowing Brandon Thomson to kick a penalty for the hosts, who had prop Oli Kebble replaced because of a head injury.

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The visitors drew level in 22 minutes with a simple penalty from Dan Jones, but the move should have brought greater reward.


Following pressure from a line-out. Scarlets moved the ball left to right where former Welsh international Tom James was poised unopposed to mark his Scarlets debut with an unopposed try – but he dropped the pass from Evans.

The Welsh team missed a chance to go ahead nine minutes later, Jones hooking a straightforward penalty. However, six minutes later, he got it right from longer range.

However, thanks to the last act of the first half, Glasgow were able to go in level, by way of second penalty from Thomson.


A busy restart saw Thomson kick his third penalty before Hardy scampered behind the Glasgow posts for a try he converted.

Four minutes later Scarlets struck again. They reached the goal line thanks to a chip and take from Hardy where Esquith touched down. Angus O’Brien converted.

Three minutes later a Scarlets hack downfield resulted in a n unconverted try for Evans – but Glasgow hit back.

In the 65th minute an arcing run from Thomson took him over for a try he converted himself, then with six minutes remaining centre Stafford McDowall squeezed over in the left hand corner for an unconverted try.

The game ended with a Glasgow line-out on the Scarlets line where, despite Josh Macleod being sin binned, the Welsh side held out.

In this week’s episode Jim Hamilton discusses everything tht has been going in the opening two weeks of the Rugby World Cup.

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