Guinness PRO14 Friday wrap: Scarlets and Leinster inseparable in Wales

Andrew Lawton
10 March 2018

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Scarlets kept alive their hopes of finishing top of Conference B in the Guinness PRO14 as Dan Jones scored a last-gasp penalty to salvage a draw against Leinster.

Jonathan Evans, Scarlets

Leinster thought they had done enough to secure victory after a late Ross Byrne penalty but in the final seconds of the game, Scarlets turned over the ball and Jones did the business off the tee.

  • Leinster missed out on a first away-day win against the Scarlets since 2013.
  • Tom Williams had a try disallowed after losing control of the ball after he went over in the first half for Scarlets.
  • Ed Byrne scored the opening try for Leinster, burrowing over for a crucial score from close range but Paul Asquith levelled things up for Scarlets with a fine finish.
  • Nick McCarthy had a try disallowed for Leinster after an accidental offside and, on his debut, Tom Varndell went close but knocked on.
  • Dan Jones kept his cool with the final kick of the game to seal a thrilling draw for second-placed Scarlets.

What they said:

Scarlets’ Tadhg Beirne said: “I thought we did really well in the second half, we played territory.

“I know Dan Jones was a little frustrated with a couple of his early kicks but he held his composure at the end under pressure and so hats off to him.

“It was difficult to stay patient because they kept pinning us back on our line. There were some close calls towards the end but we dug deep.

“We are very proud of our home record in the Guinness PRO14 and I thought we did very well to keep that going.

“I was running on empty at the end of the game but luckily we dug deep and came away with some points.”

Scarlets No.10 Dan Jones said: “I missed two pretty easy kicks tonight but credit to the boys for how they fought at the end to win me a late chance at goal.

“It was a good opportunity to salvage something from the game. I think we could have got more out of the game and I got lucky that I had a late opportunity.

“I caught the last kick pretty sweetly and so I knew it was over the moment that I connected with it.”

Leinster’s Ross Molony said: “It was a heck of a performance from the Scarlets at the end of the game to win a penalty.

“We are happy enough with the draw, we came out in the second half after a good talk and I think we came out of the blocks well and scored early.

“We are still top of the table and now we look forward to the next game.

“Our goal is to get a home semi-final. We will review this game now, park it and then we move on to the last four games of the season.”

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