Scarlets 27-22 Warriors
Scarlets moved to the top of the Celtic League with a narrow victory over previous leaders Celtic Warriors at Stradey Park.
Tries: B Davies, J Davies. Cons: G Bowen. Pens: G Bowen (5)
Tries: Wyatt. Cons: N Jenkins. Pens: N Jenkins (5)
The sin-binning of Warriors flanker Cory Harris either side of half-time
proved pivotal as the Scarlets recorded 12 unanswered points.
Penalties from Warriors fly-half Neil Jenkins and opposite number Gareth Bowen accounted for the early scoring while the visitors registered an opportunist try in the 13th minute.
A quick lineout throw from wing Gareth Wyatt nearly yielded a try for hooker Andrew Joy, but the ball was worked right from the in-swinging maul and Wyatt eventually touched down at the flag.
Two penalties from Bowen to one by Jenkins saw the Warriors lead 13-9 going into first-half injury time, but they then had Harris yellow-carded for a high challenge on Bowen.
The Scarlets made the extra man pay when full-back Barry Davies was sent over for an overlap try, which Bowen converted from the touchline.
That score took the home side into a 16-13 interval lead and with Harris still in the sin-bin, the Scarlets struck again in the 43rd minute.
From a five-metre lineout, flanker Vernon Cooper seized possession and prop John Davies spun off a maul to claim an unconverted try.
The Scarlets continued to hold a 21-13 lead until Jenkins dragged the Warriors back into contention with a 62nd-minute penalty.
Another Jenkins conversion further trimmed the deficit to 21-19, but it was the turn of the Warriors to infringe on 70 minutes and Bowen also struck a fourth penalty.
The Warriors responded with a fifth Jenkins penalty only for the Scarlets to seal victory late on with a long-range kick from the deadly-accurate Bowen, who claimed 17 points.
Scarlets: B Davies; R Rees, M Watkins, L Davies (capt), T Selley; G Bowen, M Phillips; D Maddocks, A Gravelle, J Davies, B Griffiths, A Jones, V Cooper, E Lewis, I Boobyer.
Replacements: P John, R Williams, G Williams, D Burn, C Thomas, S Finau, G Quinnell.
Warriors: Cull; Wyatt, S James, Bishop, Havili;
N Jenkins, John; Booth, Joy, Horsman, D Jones, Budgett,
Harris, Bryan (capt), Parks.
Replacements: Nuthall, Donovan, E Lewis, M Jones, Rees,
M Lewis, R Jones.
Referee: Simon McDowell (Ireland)