Pro12: Scarlets 22-12 Ulster

Highlights: Scarlets 22-12 Ulster
Scarlets (9) 22
Tries: Parkes Cons: D Jones Pens: D Jones 5
Ulster (0) 12
Tries: Scholes, Penalty try Con: McCloskey

Scarlets survived having three players sent to the sin-bin for the second week in succession to beat Ulster in their Pro12 encounter at Parc y Scarlets.

Pete Edwards, John Barclay and George Earle were all shown yellow, but Scarlets remained mostly in control.

Fly-half Dan Jones kicked 17 points, with Hadleigh Parkes scoring a try.

Ulster threatened a comeback when Rory Scholes crossed before being awarded a penalty try, but a late Jones penalty denied them even a losing bonus point.

Scarlets, unchanged from their opening win at champions Glasgow, started brightly and Parkes almost squeezed in at the right corner after a flowing Scarlets counter-attack, but Scholes just dragged his opposite winger into touch.

Fly-half Jones kept the scoreboard ticking over for the home side, though, with three penalties.

John Barclay was one of three Scarlets players sent to the sin-bin
John Barclay was one of three Scarlets players sent to the sin-bin

But the disciplinary problems that saw Scarlets finish last week's win at Scotstoun with three men in the sin-bin continued, with prop Edwards yellow-carded three minutes before half-time for not using his arms in the tackle.

Referee Andrew Brace had already issued a warning for the same offence to scrum-half Aled Davies and this time reached for his pocket.

But Ulster - so impressive against Welsh opposition last week when beating Ospreys at home - were not able to take full advantage of the indiscretion, as Stuart McCloskey skewed the resulting penalty wide of the right-hand post.

Instead Scarlets continued to dominate and Jones missed a penalty soon after the restart, but kicked a brilliant touchline conversion soon after when Parkes claimed a try.

Scarlets' forwards sucked in the Ulster defence before the ball was spread wide by fly-half Jones to Gareth Owen, who fixed the last defender before sending his winger over for a try.

Stung into action, Ulster at last maintained pressure in the Scarlets 22 and the home side had number eight Barclay sin-binned for slowing possession at a ruck.

This time the visitors made their numerical advantage count and wing Scholes twisted through James Davies' tackle to score an unconverted try in the left corner.

Jones added a fourth penalty but Ulster, encouraged by their earlier success, continued to go through the phases.

Another try-line struggle saw Scarlets replacement lock Earle collapse a maul, give up a penalty try - converted by McCloskey - and earn himself 10 minutes in the sin-bin.

But with time running out, Ulster fly-half Peter Nelson was caught trying to run the ball out of defence, conceding a penalty that opposite number Jones tucked away to give Scarlets victory and deny the visitors a losing bonus point.


Scarlets: Steffan Evans; Hadleigh Parkes, Regan King, Gareth Owen, Tom Williams; Daniel Jones, Aled Davies; Phil John, Emyr Phillips, Peter Edwards, Tom Price, Lewis Rawlins, Aaron Shingler, James Davies, John Barclay.

Replacements: Kirby Myhill, Rob Evans, Will Taylor, George Earle, Rory Pitman, Kieran Hardy, Aled Thomas, Ioan Nicholas.

Ulster: Louis Ludik; Craig Gilroy, Luke Marshall, Stuart McCloskey, Rory Scholes; Peter Nelson, Paul Marshall; Andrew Warwick, Rob Herring (capt), Wiehahn Herbst, Peter Browne, Franco Van der Merwe, Roger Wilson, Willie Faloon, Nick Williams.

Replacements: John Andrew, Callum Black, Ricky Lutton, Robbie Diack, Clive Ross, David Shanahan, Sam Arnold, David Busby.

Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)

Assistant Referees: Neil Hennessy, Justin Williams (both WRU)

Citing Commissioner: Aurwel Morgan (WRU)

TMO: J Mason (WRU)

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