Guinness PRO14 Friday night: Scarlets through to final with success over Glasgow Warriors

Andrew Lawton
19 May 2018

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Reigning champions Scarlets booked their place in the Guinness PRO14 final with a four-try success over Conference A winners Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium.

The Scarlets will face either Leinster or Munster at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin – the stadium where they lifted the trophy 12 months ago – next weekend.

  • Wales international Rhys Patchell opened the scoring with the first try but Finn Russell replied with a penalty for the Warriors to reduce the deficit.
  • Scarlets took a 21-3 lead into half-time after tries from Gareth Davies and Rob Evans – both of which were converted by Patchell.
  • Ken Owens went over after 48 minutes for the Scarlets’ fourth try with Patchell slotting a quartet of conversions.
  • Jonny Gray and Nick Grigg scored late tries for the home side but it proved too little too late to change the result.

What They Said:

Scarlets prop Rob Evans said: “We spoke all week about coming up here, we won away from home last year in the semi-final and we wanted to do it again and we’re chuffed to get a result.

“It was a devastating blow for us (losing in Europe), we wanted to put it right, to wipe the slate clean. We came back into training and thankfully we were still alive in this competition.

“We’re looking forward to next week.”

Scarlets’ captain Ken Owens said: “We’re very happy, we knew how tough it was going to be against a good Glasgow side, we managed to beat them five weeks ago so we knew they’d come out firing on all cylinders.

“They did that and the game got a bit loose at times, I think defensively we can tidy it up a little bit but we scored four tries and we’re really happy with the performance.

“We got the job done, we did what we needed to do and we’re into another final. We know it will be tough next week and we’ll need to go up another level but we’ve worked hard this season.”

Glasgow skipper Ryan Wilson said: “It’s a bitter pill to swallow, we wanted to send the boys off finishing careers and moving on on a better note and the 10,000 fans that turned up.

“We feel like we should have done more but it’s if-onlys.

“You saw in the second half we played some good rugby but it took us a whole half to realise we needed to look after the ball and throw it about and you can do good things.

“We’ll take our medicine and come back next year and hopefully do better.

“They were the better team tonight, they did well in the first half and got themselves in a position where they could sit off and just defend in the second half.”

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