Planet Rugby

Scarlets secure bonus win

28th September 2007 21:39

Share:

Regan King

A regal performance from King rewarded with a try

The Scarlets produced an entertaining display as they registered their first home Magners League win of the season with a 34-11 bonus point triumph on Friday.

Phil Davies' side had gone down to the Dragons on the opening weekend of the season and had been concerned Connacht sensed a chance of victory.

But tries through Regan King, Vernon Cooper, Morgan Stoddart and Jonathan Davies and 14 points from the boot of outside-half Rhys Priestland confirmed victory for the Stradey Park side.

After a difficult opening when Connacht led 3-0 through a sixth-minute penalty from outside-half Tim Donnelly, it was almost all Scarlets for the rest of the first half.

At every opportunity the Scarlets attempted to keep the ball alive through slick inter-passing among backs and forwards.

And it worked to their advantage as outside-half Priestland, who missed a place kick on eight minutes, put the home side into the lead with penalties on 27 and 33 minutes.

But the Scarlets really stamped their authority on the contest with their first-half try. Priestland started the move with a midfield break before centre King was sent over on the right with a fine pass out of the tackle by full-back Stoddart.

Connacht suffered a setback as early as the 13th minute when they lost injured prop Robbie Morris.

And that helped the Scarlets start disrupting the Connacht scrum just before half-time, which the home side reached 13-3 up.

Just like the first half Connacht scored first after the break with a Donnelly penalty.

But with the Irishmen struggling to get regular a foothold in Scarlets' territory, coach Michael Bradley made four changes in personnel at once.

It failed to work, however, as lock Cooper went in down the left after a break by wing Matthew Watkins. Priestland converted to make it 20-6 to the home side after 55 minutes.

Just seven minutes later the strong-running Stoddart went over for the Scarlets' third try as they opened up a 27-6 advantage.

Connacht did register a consolation try through replacement hooker John Fogarty before Davies confirmed the bonus point with the fourth Scarlets touchdown.

The Scorers:

For Scarlets:

Tries: King, Cooper, Stoddart, L.Davies

Cons: Priestland 4

Pens: Priestland 2

For Connacht:

Try: Fogarty

Pens: Donnelly 2

The teams:

Scarlets: 15 Morgan Stoddart, 14 Garan Evans, 13 Regan King, 12 Gavin Evans, 11 Matthew Watkins, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Gavin Cattle, 8 Nathan Thomas, 7 James Bater (c), 6 Dafydd Jones, 5 Adam Eustace, 4 Vernon Cooper, 3 Ben Broster, 2 James Hayter, 1 Phil John.

Replacements: 16 Iestyn Thomas, 17 Ken Owens, 18 Lou Reed, 19 Johnathan Edwards, 20 Deacon Manu, 21 Liam Davies, 22 Jon Davies.

Connacht: 15 Peter Durcan, 14 Ofisa Treviranus, 13 Mel Deane, 12 Aidan Wynne, 11 Darren Yapp, 10 Tim Donnelly, 9 Conor McPhillips, 8 Colm Rigney, 7 Johnny O'Connor, 6 Michael McCarthy, 5 David Gannon, 4 Michael Swift, 3 Robbie Morris, 2 Adrian Flavin, 1 Brett Wilkinson.

Replacements: 16 John Fogarty, 17 Ronan Loughney, 18 John Muldon, 19 Ray Ofisa, 20 Conor O'Loughlin, 21 Keith Matthews, 22 Daniel Riordan.

Venue: Stradey Park, Llanelli

Referee: Andy MacPherson

Touch judges: Tim Hayes, Ken Bowen

Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , July 26
Crusaders 38 - 6 SharksCrusaders vs Sharks Report
Waratahs 26 - 8 BrumbiesWaratahs vs Brumbies Report
Saturday , July 19
Brumbies 32 - 30 ChiefsBrumbies vs Chiefs Report
Sharks 31 - 27 HighlandersSharks vs Highlanders Report
Saturday , July 12
Crusaders 34 - 8 HighlandersCrusaders vs Highlanders Report
Reds 3 - 34 WaratahsReds vs Waratahs Report
Lions 60 - 25 CheetahsLions vs Cheetahs Report
Stormers 10 - 34 SharksStormers vs Sharks Report
Friday , July 11
Blues 8 - 11 ChiefsBlues vs Chiefs Report
Brumbies 47 - 25 Western ForceBrumbies vs Western Force Report
Bulls 40 - 7 Melbourne RebelsBulls vs Melbourne Rebels Report
Sunday , July 6
Waratahs 44 - 16 HighlandersWaratahs vs Highlanders Report
Saturday , July 5
Crusaders 21 - 13 BluesCrusaders vs Blues Report
Western Force 30 - 20 RedsWestern Force vs Reds Report
Stormers 16 - 0 BullsStormers vs Bulls Report
Cheetahs 27 - 20 SharksCheetahs vs Sharks Report
Friday , July 4
Chiefs 24 - 16 HurricanesChiefs vs Hurricanes Report
Lions 34 - 17 Melbourne RebelsLions vs Melbourne Rebels Report
More Super Rugby results
International Match
Saturday , June 28
South Africa 55 - 6 ScotlandSouth Africa vs Scotland Report
More International Match results
Super Rugby
Hurricanes 16 - 9 CrusadersHurricanes vs Crusaders Report
Waratahs 39 - 8 BrumbiesWaratahs vs Brumbies Report
Western Force 14 - 40 BluesWestern Force vs Blues Report
Friday , June 27
Highlanders 29 - 25 ChiefsHighlanders vs Chiefs Report
Melbourne Rebels 20 - 36 RedsMelbourne Rebels vs Reds Report
More Super Rugby results
International Match
Saturday , June 21
Australia 39 - 13 FranceAustralia vs France Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath00
2Exeter00
3Gloucester00
4Harlequins00
5Leicester Tigers00