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Last Updated: Friday, 12 September, 2003, 20:22 GMT 21:22 UK
Scarlets stun Munster
Gareth Bowen scored all the Scarlets' points
Munster (6) 12
Pens: J Staunton (4).
Scarlets (3) 19
Try: G Bowen. Con: Bowen. Pens: Bowen (3). DG: Bowen.
Att: 7,000
Llanelli recorded their first win over the Irish province and ended Munster's eight-year undefeated run at Thomond Park.

Fly-half Gareth Bowen was the star of the show for the Scarlets, scoring all their points as he ran through the card with a try, conversion, drop goal and three penalties.

One sour note for the Scarlets was a late injury to captain Scott Quinnell who was carried off the pitch in a neck brace after emerging from the bottom of a ruck.

He went for a precautionary x-ray after the game, and results showed bruised nerves in the neck and shoulder area.

The visitors dominated much of the first half but failed to turn possession into points.

We've got a great squad here and the World Cup boys will have to fight for their places when they get back
Scarlets captain Leigh Davies
Flanker Ian Boobyer was sin-binned for the Scarlets following a deliberate offside, but the home team could only come away with a 6-3 lead at half-time through two Jeremy Staunton penalties.

The visitors started the second half in much brighter fashion, Bowen sending over a 43rd-minute drop-goal to bring the sides level.

Prop John Davies became the second Scarlet to see yellow, and he was soon followed into the sin bin by Munster flanker Denis Leamy.

The team's exchanged penalties before a charged-down kick from veteran fly-half Killian Keane proved the turning point, Bowen getting to his opposite number then following through for the game's only try.

Staunton's fourth kick closed the gap, and Quinnell's injury rocked the Scarlets.

But Gareth Jenkins' team held on and an injury-time kick from Bowen closed out the game.

A delighted Scarlets captain Leigh Davies was keen to praise his young team after the historic win.

"If you could see the delight on the boys faces in the dressing room - a lot of them are young and haven't seen anything like that," Davies told BBC Wales Sport.

"They had 12 internationals out, but we were missing 10.

"We've got a great squad here and the World Cup boys will have to fight for their places when they get back, Gareth Bowen was outstanding.

"We were disappointed with the performance last week, but where better to get our game going?"

Munster: Jeremy Staunton; Mossie Lawlor, Mike Mullins, Jason Jones-Hughes, Shaun Payne; Killian Keane, Eoin Reddan; Simon Kerr, Jerry Flannery, Martin Cahill, Trevor Hogan, Eddie Halvey, Denis Leamy, David Wallace, Jim Williams (capt).
Replacements: Martin McPhail, Colm McMahon, Frank Murphy, Stephen Keogh, Donal Sheahan, Andy Long, Jody Danaher.

Llanelli Scarlets: Barry Davies; Tal Selley, Matthew J Watkins, Leigh Davies (capt), Dale Burn; Gareth Bowen, Mike Phillips; David Maddocks, Aled Gravelle, John Davies, Adam Jones, Chris Wyatt, Emyr Lewis, Ian Boobyer, Scott Quinnell.
Replacements: Nathan Williams, Rhys Williams, Bryn Griffiths, Vernon Cooper, Lee Byrne, Ceiron Thomas, Gavin Evans.

Referee: Gregg Davies (Scotland)

Scarlets flanker Emyr Lewis
"We dominated up front"



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