Bonus point puts Llanelli top

Llanelli Scarlets 36 Glasgow 26

Llanelli Scarlets 36 Glasgow 26

Llanelli Scarlets went to the top of the Celtic League with a hard-earned bonus point victory over a plucky Glasgow at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground.

The Welsh side were made to work hard for five points which takes them one point above Ulster with two rounds of fixtures remaining.

Fly-half Stephen Jones, the subject of intense transfer speculation about his future with the region, collected 13 points with half-back partner Dwayne Peel racing in for two well-taken tries.

On a sun-soaked Racecourse, Llanelli romped into a 10-0 lead through a try by lock Chris Wyatt and five points from the boot of Jones.

Glasgow though enjoyed plenty of possession and territory, and a touchline break by Sean Lamont eventually saw the left-wing cross under the posts, with the try converted by skipper Dan Parks.

A Jones penalty increased the Scarlets advantage, only for Glasgow scrum-half Sam Pinder to then fool the Llanelli defence with a clever blindside break and dummy to cross without a hand put on him.

Parks’ conversion gave the Scots a 14-13 advantage with 25 minutes on the clock, but it was a lead that was all too brief.

Llanelli responded from the kick-off. A powerful midfield burst by Tongan Salesi Finau took play deep into the visitors’ half and with the Glasgow cover stretched, No. 8 Dave Hodges was put clear to cross wide out.

The Scarlets brought on British Lion Scott Quinnell at half-time to try to inject some urgency into the game and they were on the scoreboard quickly after the restart through a third Jones penalty.

With the Glasgow scrum under pressure, scrum-half Peel then nipped over for his side’s third try, but the visitors refused to lie down and international centre Andrew Henderson touched down following another well-worked move.

However, when lock Andrew Hall was sin-binned midway through the half, Llanelli began to turn the screw and the pressure eventually told when Peel scampered over for his second to notch up the bonus point for the Scarlets.

A late penalty by replacement Gareth Bowen sealed the victory, although Glasgow claimed a deserved bonus at the death with a breakaway try by centre David Millard.

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