Challenge Cup round-up: Scarlets beat Cheetahs, Dragons stay alive
Scarlets booked a European Challenge Cup round-of-16 place after beating South African side the Cheetahs 20-17 in Llanelli. The Pool B leaders posted a third successive win in this season’s competition, although they were given a thorough examination at Parc y Scarlets.
Cheetahs led by seven points midway through the third quarter before their opponents rallied. Wings Johnny McNicholl and Steff Evans scored tries for the Welsh side, while full-back Leigh Halfpenny kicked two penalties and two conversions.
The Dragons kept alive their hopes of reaching the knockout phase with an impressive 21-15 victory over French challengers Pau at Stade du Hameau. Pau took an early lead through Daniel Ikpefan’s try that Thibault Debaaes converted, but Dragons quickly drew level through an Ashton Hewitt try, plus Will Reed’s conversion.
Reed also kicked two penalties and JJ Hanrahan one, while centre Max Clark scored a second Dragons try as Pau were restricted to a second-half Vincent Pinto touch down and a late Alex Desperes penalty that clinched a losing bonus-point.
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