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Connacht 14-17 Scarlets

Connacht (6) 14
Try: Keatley Pens: Keatley (2) Drop: Keatley

Scarlets (3) 17
Tries: Manu, S Jones Cons: S Jones (2) Pen: Priestland


Connacht's Niva Ta'auso is tackled by Darren Daniel of the Scarlets
Connacht's Niva Ta'auso is tackled by Darren Daniel of the Scarlets

Stephen Jones overcame illness to help the Scarlets to a comeback win over the Magners League's bottom team Connacht.

Jones had a stomach bug during the week but, with Morgan Stoddart injured, was forced into action as a replacement.

He converted Deacon Manu's try and his own 74th minute touchdown as Scarlets overturned a 14-3 deficit late on.

Ian Keatley got all Connacht's points with a try, two penalties and a drop but missed two kickable penalties and a conversion, much to his team's cost.

It was the Scarlets who got the first score with a fifth-minute penalty from Rhys Priestland but Connacht replied with two penalties from Keatley.

The second half was just six minutes old when full-back Gavin Duffy sliced his way up to the Scarlets' 22, Mike McCarthy carried forward and then Keatley dummied and burst clear for a well-taken try.

When the home fly-half tagged on a drop goal for an 11-point advantage, the Irish province looked well set for the win.

But the Scarlets hit back with their first try as Jones kicked a penalty to touch and prop Manu drove over after a lineout catch and drive.

The Scarlets introduced French recruit Yannick N'Gog and his fresh legs helped work Jones over for a crucial try.


Connacht: Duffy, Carr, Ta'auso, Matthews, Bibo, Keatley, Murphy, Wilkinson, Cronin, Morris, McCarthy, Farley, J. Muldoon, Ofisa, Rigney.
Replacements: Flavin, Loughney, Swift, Browne, Campbell, Dunne, Deane.

Scarlets: Stoddart, Daniel, King, Davies, Morris, Priestland, Roberts, John, Rees, Manu, Day, Cooper, Easterby, Edwards, Lyons.
Replacements: I. Thomas, Owen, Reed, D. Jones, Cattle, S. Jones, N'gog.

Referee: James Jones (WRU)



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