Second half fightback too strong for Bath Rugby

Scarlets 44 v Bath Rugby 21

A spirited second half come back by Scarlets proved too strong for Bath Rugby as they ran out 44-21 winners in the Anglo Welsh Cup on a chilly Friday night in South Wales. 

It was the home side who started the game the brightest, going straight on the attack. After an early penalty was conceded, it wasn’t long before Dan Jones had his first opportunity to score some points from the kicking tee. The young fly-half made no mistake and Scarlets led 3-0.

As Bath struggled to impose themselves on the game, Scarlets had yet another chance to add to their points tally early on and Jones knocked over another penalty. 6-0.

After replacing Tom Homer midway through the first half, Adam Hastings immediately made an impact on the game as he looked to galvanise his side who until this point, couldn’t really click into gear after strong attacking pressure from Scarlets. 

His mazy run was rewarded with a penalty which former Scarlets fly-half, Rhys Priestland knocked deep into the Scarlets 22. Garvey rose high to claim the line out and Max Lahiff was on hand to power over from close range. Priestland landed the tricky touchline conversion and Bath led 6-7.

Capitalising on the momentum, Bath went straight back on the attack, Williams with a lovely run that split the defence before being caught just short of the line. Lahiff was again on hand though to barge over for the try and leave Priestland with an easy conversion. 6-14

From the restart, Bath conceded the penalty and Jones kicked for goal to keep the home side within touching distance. However, Scarlets were to concede their own penalty from the following restart and rather than going for goal, Priestland once again kicked the ball to touch. 

This time the ball was sent wide and Jeff Williams was on the end of a lovely looping pass by Dan Bowden to dive over and Priestland added the extras. 9-21

Half-time score: Scarlets 9 21 Bath Rugby

Bath started the second half brightly, an early penalty opportunity sent the ball to touch again but efforts were in vain and Scarlets cleared the ball. 

From that, the visitors rarely threatened the home side in the second half, instead Scarlets enjoyed wave after wave of attack. Eventually the pressure told and flanker Josh Macleod scored. Jones once again accurate from the tee. 16-21

Buoyed on by the home support, Scarlets were growing in confidence and momentum meaning it wasn't long before they scored again through Tom Phillips. Jones’ conversion nudged Scarlets back into the lead with 15 minutes left to play. 23-21

On his return to Parc Y Scarlets, Rhys Priestland was sin-binned for what the referee judged to be a dangerous tackle on his opposite number Jones, and with Scarlets pressure already building, they made the extra man advantage count. 

The driving maul which was a tactic that worked so well for Bath in the first half was now their undoing, as Scarlets gathered a well taken line-out to rumble towards the Bath try line. Jack Condy was the last man to emerge as the scorer and Jones, who enjoyed a faultless night with the boot, converted to put day light between the two teams. 30-21

Another kick to the corner and another rolling maul led to Scarlets, Emyr Phillips scoring his sides fourth try and with Jones adding the conversion, victory was now beyond doubt. 37-21

In the dying moments, Scarlets still attacked and flanker Jack Condy raced away for his second and Scarlets fifth try. Jones converted in what was to be the final action of the half meaning the Rag Doll, traditionally contested between two sides will remain in Wales until the next time. 

Full-time score: Scarlets 44 21 Bath Rugby

 

Match details

Parc Y Scarlets
Anglo-Welsh Cup
11 November 2016
KO 19:05

Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Christophe Ridley
Half Time score: 9-21

Scarlets:
Tries: Macleod (53), Phillips (64, 69, 76), Condy (79)
Conversions: Jones (54, 65, 69, 76), Maynard (80)
Penalties: Jones (6, 21, 33)
Bath:
Tries: Lahiff (25, 30), Williams (35)
Conversions: Priestland (26, 31, 36)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Scarlets and Bath.

7'

Penalty Goal! Scarlets 3 - 0 Bath

Dan Jones kicks a penalty goal for Scarlets.

19'

Substitution

Adam Hastings replaces Tom Homer for Bath.

22'

Penalty Goal! Scarlets 6 - 0 Bath

Dan Jones kicks a penalty goal for Scarlets.

26'

Try for Bath! Scarlets 6 - 5 Bath

Max Lahiff scores for Bath.

27'

Conversion! Scarlets 6 - 7 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

31'

Try for Bath! Scarlets 6 - 12 Bath

Max Lahiff scores for Bath.

32'

Conversion! Scarlets 6 - 14 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

34'

Penalty Goal! Scarlets 9 - 14 Bath

Dan Jones kicks a penalty goal for Scarlets.

36'

Try for Bath! Scarlets 9 - 19 Bath

Jeff Williams scores for Bath.

37'

Conversion! Scarlets 9 - 21 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Scarlets 9 - 21 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

52'

Substitution

Nicky Thomas replaces Peter Edwards for Scarlets.

52'

Substitution

Nathan Catt replaces Beno Obano for Bath.

52'

Substitution

Michael Van Vuuren replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

52'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces Max Lahiff for Bath.

54'

Try for Scarlets! Scarlets 14 - 21 Bath

Josh Macleod scores for Scarlets.

55'

Conversion! Scarlets 16 - 21 Bath

Dan Jones with a conversion for Scarlets.

56'

Substitution

Alex Humfrey replaces Elliott Stooke for Bath.

58'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

59'

Substitution

Will Homer replaces Darren Allinson for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Elliott Stooke replaces Alex Humfrey for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Tom Phillips replaces Morgan Allen for Scarlets.

63'

Substitution

Luke Garrett replaces Matt Garvey for Scarlets.

63'

Substitution

Alex Humfrey replaces Matt Garvey for Bath.

65'

Try for Scarlets! Scarlets 21 - 21 Bath

Tom Phillips scores for Scarlets.

66'

Conversion! Scarlets 23 - 21 Bath

Dan Jones with a conversion for Scarlets.

69'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Rhys Priestland for ten minutes.

70'

Try for Scarlets! Scarlets 28 - 21 Bath

Emyr Phillips scores for Scarlets.

70'

Conversion! Scarlets 30 - 21 Bath

Dan Jones with a conversion for Scarlets.

72'

Substitution

Josh Bayliss replaces Zach Mercer for Bath.

73'

Substitution

Billy McBryde replaces Ryan Conbeer for Scarlets.

77'

Try for Scarlets! Scarlets 35 - 21 Bath

Emyr Phillips scores for Scarlets.

77'

Conversion! Scarlets 37 - 21 Bath

Dan Jones with a conversion for Scarlets.

77'

Substitution

Declan Smith replaces Aled Davies for Scarlets.

77'

Substitution

Taylor Davies replaces Emyr Phillips for Scarlets.

78'

Substitution

Rory Jennings replaces Rhys Priestland for Bath.

78'

Substitution

Jack Maynard replaces Dan Jones for Scarlets.

80'

Try for Scarlets! Scarlets 42 - 21 Bath

Jack Condy scores for Scarlets.

81'

Conversion! Scarlets 44 - 21 Bath

Jack Maynard with a conversion for Scarlets.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Scarlets.

Final score: Scarlets 44 - 21 Bath.