Guinness PRO14 Player Spotlight: Steff Evans

Andrew Lawton
09 May 2018

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Wales international Steff Evans was at his brilliant best as Scarlets eased to victory in their quarter-final against Toyota Cheetahs, winning 43-8 as the Guinness PRO14 Final Series got underway.

It was a tidy afternoon’s work at Parc y Scarlets for 23-year-old Evans, scoring two tries and picking up the man of the match award, as Scarlets set up a semi-final at Scotstoun Stadium against Glasgow Warriors.

The winger set his side on their way with a try after just six minutes, latching on to Rhys Patchell’s pass and calmly finishing off in the corner.

A Leigh Halfpenny try helped Scarlets move into a 17-3 lead before Evans really worked his magic, darting over for a marvellous score.

Picking the ball up in a fairly innocuous position on the halfway line, Evans beat a few defenders before knocking the ball past the last man and collecting his own kick to score under the posts.

It was the try-scoring highlight in a game where Evans made more clean breaks than any other Scarlets player, with three, and his 67 metres gained was matched only by Scott Williams.

Evans’ second score put the Welsh province 24-3 up at half-time, a position from which the Cheetahs simply couldn’t recover.

Tom Prydie, James Davies and Jonathan Evans put the gloss on the scoreline for Scarlets, but the damage was done in the first half, spearheaded by the winger.

Cheetahs did grab a consolation score late on through full-back Clayton Blommetjies, who will become a Scarlets player next season, but that couldn’t dampen the spirits of a delighted home crowd.

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