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Llanelli Scarlets 31-17 Glasgow
Scarlets fly-half Stephen Jones makes a break against Glasgow
Scarlets fly-half Stephen Jones makes a break against Glasgow

Llanelli Scarlets (5) 31
Tries: Daniel (3), Peel, Evans
Cons: Jones (3)

Glasgow Warriors (3) 17
Tries: Barclay, Shaw
Cons: Parks (2)
Drop-goal: Leonelli

Darren Daniel scored a hat-trick of tries as the Scarlets eased to a bonus-point Magners League win over Glasgow Warriors at Stradey Park.

Scarlets led 5-3 at half-time after Daniel's first try was answered by a drop-goal from Francisco Leonelli.

But the Scarlets came out running after the break as Dwayne Peel, Gavin Evans and Daniel crossed in quick succession.

Daniel then grabbed his third before late converted tries from John Barclay and Colin Shaw brought Glasgow closer.

Despite perfect playing conditions at Stradey Park, the scoreless opening 20 minutes was dominated by handling errors.

The sloppiness also affected Scarlets fly-half Stephen Jones as he missed a relatively simple penalty attempt at goal in his first competitive match at Stradey Park for two seasons.

But he made amends on 29 minutes when his half-break inside Glasgow's 22 created the Scarlets' opening try for Daniel.

The winger still had some work to do after Regan King and Inoke Afeaki had moved the play forward, but he showed a decent turn of pace to outstrip the cover defence.

Scarlets winger Darren Daniel
Daniel has scored four tries in two games this season

Jones missed the conversion, and then Glasgow cut the deficit when Leonelli sensed a midfield move was going nowhere fast and landed an opportunist drop-goal.

Some harsh words must have been said by Scarlets coach Phil Davies in his first home game in charge as the players started the second half on fire.

Peel was the first to score when he pounced on a loose ball over the Glasgow tryline after their pack - a man down following Donnie Macfadyen's yellow card - had been driven back at a rate of knots.

Wales scrum-half Peel, making his 50th appearance for the Scarlets, then created the third for centre Gavin Evans with a mesmeric breakaway run from well inside his own half.

And an amazing six-minute period was complete when a chip-kick caused havoc in the Glasgow defence and Daniel dived over for his second of the evening.

Jones converted all three and suddenly the Scarlets looked out of sight at 26-3 ahead.

The Scarlets backs were a class above all night, and they combined expertly to send Daniel over in the right corner on 64 minutes.

Glasgow can count themselves unlucky, though, as television replays clearly showed that Daniel did not ground the ball properly.

With the game won, the Scarlets took their foot off the gas in the final 10 minutes, and the Warriors took full advantage by scoring two tries, both converted by Dan Parks.

Replacement flanker Barclay scored the first as the Scarlets put themselves under unnecessary pressure with some horrendous passing and tackling.

Wing Shaw then forced his way over to give the final score some respectability the visitors hardly deserved.

  • Scarlets coach Phil Davies:
    "We created lots of opportunities in the first half through good attacking play.

    "The intent was there, we just needed a bit of patience and composure.

    "We showed that for most of the second half and there was some sublime skill when we scored the tries."

    Llanelli Scarlets: M. Thomas; James, King, G. Evans, Daniel; S. Jones, Peel; I. Thomas, Rees, J. Davies, Reed, MacLeod, Afeaki, G. Thomas, N. Thomas.
    Replacements: Watkins for King (62), Stuart-Smith for Peel (75), Owen for Rees (75), Manu for J. Davies (29), A. Jones for Reed (62), Popham for N. Thomas (49).
    Not Used: C. Thomas.

    Glasgow Warriors: Leonelli; Evans, Morrison, Henderson, Shaw; Parks, Pinder; Va'a, Thomson, Murray, Newman, Kellock, Wilson, Macfadyen, Beattie.
    Replacements: Gregor for Pinder (51), Tckachuk for Va'a (27), Turner for Kellock (30), Barclay for Wilson (48), Swindall for Macfadyen (64).
    Not Used: Milligan, O'Hare.

    Att: 6,366.

    Ref: George Clancy (RU).



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