Scarlets land late penalty to draw with leaders Leinster

From BBC - March 9, 2018

A late Dan Jones penalty gave Scarlets a draw against Leinster in the top-of-the-table Conference B Pro14 match.

After a scoreless first-half, Leinster got the first points of the contest through an Ed Byrne try before Scarlets centre Paul Asquith powered over.

Ross Byrne looked to have won the match for the visitors with a penalty but the Scarlets forced a penalty of their own in the final minute.

Jones stepped up to slot the penalty with the final kick of the game.

The result leaves Leinster still three points ahead of their opponents in the table with just four games to play.

The first half had failed to provide much entertainment, or any points, with Tom Williams' touchdown after 30 minutes eventually ruled out for a knock-on on the line.

Leinster suffered disappointment when captain Sean O'Brien was forced off with a shoulder knock on his comeback from a hip injury.

The visitors came out firing after the break with Ed Byrne's try converted by Ross Byrne allowing them to lead for the next 20 minutes, Jones missing a couple of penalty shots to pull the Scarlets back into contention.

A fine driving maul set up the attack for Asquith's score, but Ross Byrne's penalty nudged Leinster back ahead and Nick McCarthy looked to have sealed it with a charge-down score, only for TMO Neil Hennessey to rule it out on a busy evening on the TV screen.

Debutant Tom Varndell came close in a 79th-minute scramble at the corner, but Leinster conceded a penalty as the clock turned to 80 minutes and Jones made no mistake.

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac told BBC Sport Wales:

"I sent a message on to take a shot (at goal in the last minute) and to keep our unbeaten run going at home.

"It keeps us within three points of Leinster which is important, in the big picture we want to be in a home play-off, and that keeps first and second (place) alive, you do not win the championship tonight.

"We probably had a much stronger side in terms of leadership last year (during the Six Nations).



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