Scarlets 17 Connacht 8: After a third successive loss, Connacht are in choppy waters, and Edinburgh’s impending visit to the Sportsground has taken on a must-win feeling.
Connacht have never suffered three losses on the bounce at the start of the Pro 12, but coach Pat Lam believes there was enough in their display in a rain-sodden Parc y Scarlets on Saturday to suggest the Pro 12 champions can turn the corner.
There was greater intensity to Connacht’s display and a well-orchestrated try in the first-half, but they allowed the home side to dominate the second-half through Rhys Patchell’s kicking game, and the finishing prowess of Welsh player Liam Williams proved lethal.
While there were moments reminiscent of last season’s success, the synergy in attack continued to stutter.
Scorers for Scarlets:
Tries: L Williams 2 Cons: Patchell 2 Drop-goal: Patchell
Try: Adeolokun. Pen: Carty .
A Thomas; L Williams, J Davies, H Parkes, S Evans; R Patchell, A Davies; W Jones, K Owens (cpt), W Kruger; J Ball, D Bulbring; A Shingler, J Davies, J Barclay.
S Williams for Thomas (53); P Edwards for Kruger and M Allen for Barclay (59); L Rawlins for Bulbring (66); R Elias for Owens, J Evans for Davies (75); W Byde for Shngler (76).
T O’Halloran, N Adeolokun, B Aki, E Griffin, M Healy, J Carty, K Marmion, D Buckley, T McCartney, F Bealham, Q Roux, U Dillane, E McKeon, J Muldoon.
S O’Leary for Griffin (58); C Blade for Marmion (64); D Heffernan for McCartney, R Loughney for Buckley and JP Cooney for Bealham (66); J Connolly for Heenan (71); C Kelleher fot Adeolokun (73); L Stevenson for Roux (75).
G Clancy (IRFU)
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