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Last Updated: Friday, 26 September, 2003, 20:40 GMT 21:40 UK
Scarlets keep Warriors at bay
Scarlets 27-22 Warriors

CELTIC LEAGUE
Scarlets captain Leigh Davies is tackled by Warriors fly-half Neil Jenkins
Scarlets (16) 27
Tries: B Davies, J Davies. Cons: G Bowen. Pens: G Bowen (5)
Warriors (13) 22
Tries: Wyatt. Cons: N Jenkins. Pens: N Jenkins (5)
Att: 4,875
Scarlets moved to the top of the Celtic League with a narrow victory over previous leaders Celtic Warriors at Stradey Park.

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.

It was a tough old encounter
Scarlets flanker and man of the match Ian Boobyer
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)




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