Scarlets deliver a winning start for Mooar with win over Connacht

Scarlets deliver a winning start for Mooar with win over Connacht

Scarlets opened their Guinness Pro14 campaign with a hard fought victory in the torrential rain at Parc Y Scarlets.

First-half tries from Steff Evans and Paul Asquith built a useful platform for the home side, with Dan Jones adding eight points with the boot.

Connacht’s points in the 18-10 defeat came from an Eoghan Masterson try and a penalty and a conversion from Connor Fitzgerald.

Wales props Rob Evans and Samson Lee and wing Steff Evans were included in Brad Mooar’s first competitive line-up. All three were omitted from Wales’ World Cup squad.

Centre Steffan Hughes led the Llanelli-based team in the absence of Wales hooker Ken Owens.

Prop Paddy McAllister made his league debut after joining Connacht from Gloucester and Fitzgerald was at fly-half, with Jack Carty on Ireland duty in Japan.

The visitors made a lively start but a well-drilled Scarlets defence were able to snuff out an attack which went through 20 phases.

When the Scarlets got the ball in attack they always looked dangerous and the stalemate was broken on 20 minutes when wing Evans squeezed over in the left corner.

Scarlets deliver a winning start for Mooar with win over Connacht

The quality of the match at times left a lot to be desired, not helped by persistent rain.

But five minutes from half-time Scarlets grabbed a second try. Hughes dummied to kick superbly before putting Asquith over under the posts. Jones added the conversion.

Connacht had the last say of the half, however, when Fitzgerald kicked a 39th minute penalty.

Jones restored his side’s 12-point lead four minutes into the second half with a penalty after Connacht centre Tom Daley was yellow-carded for a professional foul on his own line.

However,Connacht responded positively when some persistent pressure on Scarlets’ line was rewarded with a try for Masterson, converted by Fitzgerald.

In deteriorating conditions Scarlets eased the pressure with a Jones penalty from a high tackle giving them an eight-point advantage on the hour.

That was the extent of the scoring, although eight minutes from time Jones missed a penalty from right in front of the posts after Connacht had been penalised at a scrum.

More on this topic

Leinster let rip against EdinburghLeinster let rip against Edinburgh

Cloete injury blow as Munster face tough Cheetahs test

Gilroy double helps Ulster kick off PRO14 campaign with Ospreys winGilroy double helps Ulster kick off PRO14 campaign with Ospreys win

Glasgow suffer heavy defeat to Cheetahs in PRO14 openerGlasgow suffer heavy defeat to Cheetahs in PRO14 opener

More in this Section

UEFA: Football family must 'wage war on the racists'UEFA: Football family must 'wage war on the racists'

Ireland one win away from sealing spot at Euro 2020 as Connolly set for first startIreland one win away from sealing spot at Euro 2020 as Connolly set for first start

Former Limerick manager joins Mike Quirke's Laois backroom teamFormer Limerick manager joins Mike Quirke's Laois backroom team

Mings stands tall as England debut is marred by racist abuseMings stands tall as England debut is marred by racist abuse


Lifestyle

My sister Gabriella always says that during sibling whispers all I ever wanted was to be on stage.This Much I Know: Man of many talents Mike Hanrahan

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance to a woman whose husband is controlling and belittling her.Ask a counsellor: ‘My husband is so controlling – what do I do?’

Peter Dowdall branches out to take a look at the mountain ash or rowan.Rowan berries show us how nature is stocking its larder for winter

Friends and Young Offenders actors Shane Casey and Dominic MacHale speak to Pat Fitzpatrick about struggling to make it but why they are not seeking out fame.‘I was down to a euro’ - Watch The Young Offenders actors tell of struggle to make it in acting

More From The Irish Examiner