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Last Updated: Saturday, 6 March, 2004, 19:45 GMT
Scarlets 47-12 Edinburgh
CELTIC LEAGUE
Salesi Finau celebrates the opening try
Scarlets (28) 47
Tries: S Finau, B Davies (2), A Gravelle, C Wyatt (2), M Watkins
Cons: G Bowen (6)
Edinburgh (5) 12
Tries: M Clapperton, T McGee
Con: A Munro
Att: 4,792
The Scarlets scorched to second in the league with a bonus-point win over a second-string Edinburgh at Stradey.

Long-range tries from Salesi Finau, Barry Davies (2) and Tal Selley secured the bonus point within half an hour.

Second-half scores followed for Chris Wyatt (2) and Matthew Watkins, Gareth Bowen kicking 12 points, but prop Phil John suffered a suspected broken ankle.

Hapless Edinburgh could only manage consolation tries from Malcolm Clapperton and Tom McGee.

It was clear the Scots were in for a tough night in the fourth minute when Mike Phillips broke from the back of a scrum on half-way.

His pace and power took him clear of the back row to feed Finau, the Tongan wing celebrating his return from suspension with an easy try under the posts.

In-form Wales-reject Watkins created the second score, the centre using his speed to drift past the midfield cover before sending Davies on a clear run to the line.

Watkins' centre partner Selley made the next try, cutting the defence with a classy break before feeding Gareth Williams who sent hooker Gravelle in under the posts.

The fourth try and bonus point came on the half hour, Bowen breaking from deep in his own half before delivering Davies' second score on a plate.

Phil John
Phil John suffered a suspected broken ankle
The Stradey party was spoilt soon after with young loosehead John being carried off after suffering his injury.

The long interruption in play helped Edinburgh to regather and wing Clapperton caught the Scarlets cold to cross for his side's opening try wide on the left.

It was still a comfortable 28-5 lead for the home side at the break, and Wyatt soon got them rolling in the second half, using his strength to burst through some weak tackling for the fifth Scarlet try.

Watkins then celebrated his first game as Scarlets captain by easing past paper-puff midfield tackling for his try.

With five minutes to go, Wyatt added his second from a short-range charge.

The visitors had the final word, though, replacement prop Tom McGee racing over for a try with the last move of the match.


Scarlets: Davies, Evans, Selley, Watkins, Finau, Bowen, Phillips, John, Gravelle, Davies, Jones, Wyatt, Lewis, Williams, Hodges.

Replacements: Maddocks, Yelland, Cooper, Boobyer, Burn, Thiel, Rees.

Edinburgh: Hugo Southwell, Craig Joiner, Marcus Di Rollo, Matt Dey, Malcolm Clapperton, Ander Monro, Graeme Burns (capt), Ramin Mathieson, Dougie Hall, Joel Brannigan, Nathan Pike, Alastair Kellock, Andrew Dall, Simon Cross, Craig Harrison.

Replacements: Carlo Di Ciacca, Tom McGee, McIntosh, Ben Fisher, Rory Lawson, Rory Couper, Alistair Dickson.

Referee: David McHugh (Ireland).




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