Scarlets’ run to last season’s European Champions Cup semi-finals will feel like a distant memory after they fell to a third consecutive defeat in this year’s competition.
The Welsh region lost out to eventual champions Leinster in the last four in 2017-18 but are without a win in Pool 4 this time around after they were beaten 25-24 by Ulster in a thrilling Pool Four encounter at Parc y Scarlets.
Steff Evans scored two tries for the home side but the Irish province held on for a bonus point win that breathes new life into their campaign, with Jacob Stockdale, Henry Speight, Will Addison and Marcell Coetzee all going over.
What a try for Ulster! Sensational start! ?
Try machine Jacob Stockdale puts the finishing touches on a move that went all of 60 meters in 10 seconds! pic.twitter.com/ztDIKofdK3
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“We only have ourselves to blame,” Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac told BBC Radio Wales. “This is a low point… but it’s not over, there are three games to go and we’ve got to keep building on our performances.”
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In the day’s other fixture, Edinburgh climbed above Newcastle Falcons to the top of Pool Five.
The visitors were 13-10 up at half-time at Murrayfield, but 21 unanswered points from the home side powered them to a 31-13 bonus-point victory.
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