Evans kicks Blues to late Scarlets win


Scarlets (9) 28
Tries: Blacker 2, O’Brien Cons: A O’Brien 2 Pens: Halfpenny 3
Cardiff Blues (19) 29
Tries: J Evans, Hill, Amos, Turnbull Cons: J Evans 3 Pen: J Evans

Wales fly-half Jarrod Evans kicked a late penalty to assist Cardiff Blues full a hat-trick of victories over Scarlets this season.

Evans orchestrated the win with a 14-point haul, with Cory Hill, Hallam Amos and Josh Turnbull additionally claiming tries.

Scarlets had battled again from 26-9 down with two tries from substitute scrum-half Dan Blacker and a rating from Angus O’Brien.

A charged-down Leigh Halfpenny conversion try proved essential.

Cardiff had accomplished a Pro14 league double over Scarlets earlier than this slender success within the new Rainbow Cup competitors.

Scarlets accomplished a turbulent week following the departure of head coach Glenn Delaney, asserting his exit lower than an hour after the 22-6 win over Ospreys final Saturday.

Dwayne Peel will take cost subsequent season as head coach after Delaney was initially meant to be transferring as much as a director of rugby function.

Dai Flanagan has been given the interim head coach job till the top of the season and made 5 adjustments in his first choice, with centre Ioan Nicholas returning for the primary time since October 2019.

British and Irish Lions 2021 duo Gareth Davies and Ken Owens had been named as replacements, however Davies was a late withdrawal by way of sickness with Blacker coming in.

Lion-in-waiting Josh Adams was named on the Cardiff Blues wing as Dai Younger welcomed again Wales Six Nations trio Tomos Williams, Jarrod Evans and Willis Halaholo.

Halfpenny opened the scoring with a penalty earlier than Cardiff Blues fly-half Evans burrowed over for a transformed attempt.

Evans’ wonderful vary of passing and the creativity of centres Ben Thomas and Halaholo had been in proof and virtually helped result in a Turnbull attempt, however the Cardiff captain was denied by a last-gasp Tom Rogers sort out.

The guests’ dominance was once more repelled by a steal from Scarlets flanker Jac Morgan, earlier than the inevitable second attempt adopted as Hill sliced by way of the house defence.

Halfpenny decreased the deficit along with his second penalty earlier than Cardiff Blues full-back Amos glided over for a spectacular particular person effort. Halfpenny’s third profitable kick no less than trimmed the hosts’ deficit to 10 factors at half-time.

Cardiff Blues maintained their attacking intent and Turnbull barged his approach over for the bonus level fourth attempt, earlier than Adams was handed a relaxation.

Scarlets retaliated with a Blacker attempt after a robust surge from Johnny McNicholl with Halfpenny’s conversion charged down by Jason Harries, with these two missed factors finally proving very important to the consequence.

Blacker popped up once more for his second attempt after a Rogers burst, with the rating standing following an unsuccessful captain’s problem from Turnbull.

Jarrod Evans burst by way of Scarlets defence however selected to not go and the house aspect cleared their traces to arrange the inspiration for the third attempt for O’Brien after he latched onto a intelligent grubber-kick from Dan Jones.

O’Brien transformed to offer Scarlets the lead with 5 minutes remaining, earlier than Evans restored Cardiff Blues’ benefit and finally clinched the victory.

Scarlets skipper Owens tried to lodge his personal captain’s problem earlier than Evans’ kick, claiming an opposing participant had are available from the aspect.

With out reviewing the incident, Irish referee Sean Gallagher dominated that was not a case of foul play and never resulting in a attempt, so there might be no problem.

That triggered confusion with options you’ll be able to problem something within the final 5 minutes of a sport. Evans ignored the uncertainty and proved the match-winner.

Scarlets interim head coach Dai Flanagan: “The week has been nice and I’ve been supported by the gamers.

“You could possibly see the trouble put in on the finish of the sport and so they wish to battle for issues. It was simply disappointing we left ourselves a lot to do.

“We had been lucky to nonetheless be within the sport at half-time and that is the place we have to discover the reply, as a result of we will not be counting on coming again on a regular basis.

“Dane Blacker has been excellent and is a pleasure to teach. He works laborious and is hard and I’m satisfied how he went at present.”

Cardiff Blues director of rugby Dai Younger: “There have been a few pleasing issues however essentially the most pleasing factor was to come back down right here and get a victory.

“It is a powerful place to come back and win. The final 5 minutes within the final two video games have been nip and tuck and we discovered a strategy to win at present.

“We ran the clock down and I feel within the early a part of the season we would have misplaced these video games. When you have a look at the Connacht and Munster video games, the final 5 or 6 minutes we let these video games get away from us.

“It is good to assume now we have learnt from our defeats.”

Scarlets: Leigh Halfpenny; Tom Rogers, Jonathan Davies, Ioan Nicholas, Johnny McNicholl; Angus O’Brien, Kieran Hardy; Rob Evans, Ryan Elias (capt), Alex Jeffries, Josh Helps, Lewis Rawlins, Aaron Shingler, Jac Morgan, Ed Kennedy.

Replacements: Ken Owens, Steff Thomas, Javan Sebastian, Morgan Jones, Iestyn Rees, Dane Blacker, Dan Jones, Joe Roberts.

Cardiff Blues: Hallam Amos; Jason Harries, Willis Halaholo, Ben Thomas, Josh Adams; Jarrod Evans, Tomos Williams; Rhys Carré, Kristian Dacey, Dillon Lewis, Seb Davies, Cory Hill, Josh Turnbull (capt), Olly Robinson, James Ratti.

Replacements: Liam Belcher, Corey Domachowski, Keiron Assiratti, Rory Thornton, Gwilym Bradley, Lloyd Williams, Dan Fish, Harri Millard.

Referee: Sean Gallagher (IRFU).

Assistant Referees: Gwyn Morris, Elgan Williams (each WRU).

TMO: Wayne Davies (SRU).


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