Scarlets humbled as Champions Cup quarter-final hopes crushed in thrashing


The Scarlets’ hopes of a Champions Cup quarter-final had been blown away in a humbling 80 minutes in opposition to Sale at Parc y Scarlets.

The English aspect had been in full management from the primary minute to the final as they bullied Glenn Delaney’s aspect in Llanelli to arrange a conflict with La Rochelle subsequent weekend.

The primary-half specifically was the definition of one-way site visitors.

Sale arrange camp contained in the Scarlets’ half seconds into the encounter and infrequently took their foot off the hosts’ neck – with the Scarlets struggling to take care of Sale’s physicality, dwelling behind the gainline each time in possession.

Rugby is an easy recreation and if you happen to’re not going ahead persistently, every thing else often goes awry.

At instances, it was a case of counting the issues that went proper for the Scarlets on one hand. Once they final reached the Champions Cup quarter-finals, it was finished with a careless abandon and what typically appeared to resemble a Midas contact.

This efficiency was, nonetheless, the alternative of that.

Having taken the lead via a 3rd minute penalty from AJ MacGinty, they scored their first strive on 17 minutes due to some charitable work by the Scarlets’ lineout.

A horrific mix-up noticed no jumpers even get off the bottom as Ken Owens’ throw sailed into the grateful arms of reverse quantity Akker van der Merwe – with the Sale hooker barrelling his approach over from shut vary.

MacGinty prolonged the lead from the tee on 26 minutes, earlier than van der Merwe added a second so as to add additional to a dreadful first 40 minutes for the house aspect.

Having simply had an effort chalked off for centre Rohan James van Rensburg, Sale made no mistake simply after the half-hour mark as their driving maul rattled via the house aspect – van der Merwe as soon as once more the grateful recipient.

In the event you thought the second-half could not have began a lot worse, you’d have modified your tune when MacGinty hacked a free Scarlets go forward, chasing his personal kick to attain.

Wales hooker Ken Owens offered a second of respite after the hooker scored from a relentless lineout drive on 45 minutes

That respite did not final lengthy as Sale instantly went down the opposite finish and scored after some arduous carrying proved not possible to stay with.

This time, it labored the area out large for Marland Yarde to dive over within the nook and restore the 30-point deficit.

Issues solely received worse, with Josh Beaumont crossing after a deft MacGinty break after extra strain from the away aspect.

Two MacGinty penalties introduced Sale to the 50-point mark – a chastening blow to the Scarlets’ pleasure on this most humbling of days.

Jac Morgan powered his approach over for a late comfort strive, however the hosts would not even get to have the ultimate phrase of this Easter Sunday drubbing.

That might go to Sale, with substitute scrum-half Raphael Quirke racing away from the Scarlets defence to attain.


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