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Scarlets v Tigers Match Report

By birstalltiger
February 4 2013

Well, I volunteered to do this report thinking Sale would fail to get the five points at Wasps and this would become an all to play for match.                                But on seeing the scores on Saturday afternoon, I felt this match wasn't going to go well!  

I'll keep the report brief as I'm sure most of you won't want to revisit the match again...unlike me who has had to sit through it twice to do this. 

Scarlets got the first score when after an attack, Dan Bowden was penalised for not rolling away and Owen Williams slotted the penalty for a 3-0 lead.

It wasn't long before Tigers got some ball and after a chip along the wing by Scott Hamilton forced Scarlets to take the ball into touch. Tigers won a penalty at the lineout and chose to take another lineout. From this a maul ensued with Thomas Waldrom burrowing over for the try. Matt Cornwell missed the conversion but Tigers were in front 5-3.

 Scarlets took the lead again after Brett Deacon was penalised for being on the wrong side, Williams slotted the penalty 5-6. Scarlets attacked again and Mulipola was offside, Williams kicked the penalty 5-9.
It was all Scarlets at this point and a good attack down the right ended with Bowden penalised for offside, Williams scored penalty number four 5-12.

Scarlets were penalised for taking Harry Wells out in the air at a lineout and Matt Tait kicked the penalty to within ten metres of the Scarlets line. Tigers won the lineout and drove for the line, the Scarlets hooker Emry Phillips came in at the side and pulled it down and was duly sent to the sin bin by referee Greg Garner. The penalty was kicked to touch.

Tigers went left then right and with a two man overlap Young had his pass deliberately knocked on by winger Andrew Fenby, who was also yellow carded.Tigers opted for a scrum and after a couple of resets, Scarlets were marched back and conceded a penalty try, converted by Cornwell 12-12.

The restart was messed up by Goneva and at the breakdown Rob Andrew was penalised for going in at the side. Williams successful penalty took Scarlets back into the lead 15-12.

Scarlets ran the restart back but Tigers regained the ball and a Bowden clearance from inside his 22 took play up to the Scarlets 22. From the lineout Scarlets were penalised for a man in front of the kicker and Matt Tait put the penalty into touch just seven metres out. Tigers attacked from the left hand side right across to the right before switching play for Bowdens lovely pass put in Andy Forsyth for a try. Cornwell converted on the stroke of half time for Tigers to go in leading 19-15.

But that's about as good as it got for Tigers!

Into the second half and a good attack from Scarlets was halted by Frazer Balmain but he knocked on. From the scrum which Tigers appeared to have turned, Mickey Young was penalised for offside and Williams nailed the kick from in front 19-18.

Tigers had a good few minutes starting with a good break by Bowden who fed Mulipola, he charged on and set up a ruck from which the ball was fed across the field, unfortunately Scarlets put in some big tackles and it eventually ended in a knock on.

Scarlets went forward and Bowden was penalised for a high tackle. Scarlets went for touch. Tigers were penalised again and this time Scarlets went for the posts. Williams hit the post but Andrew knocked on as he tried to bring the ball out and Scarlets had an attacking scrum right in front of the posts. Tigers were penalised at the scrum and Williams made no mistake with his seventh penalty to put Scarlets in the lead 21-19.

Andrew and Balmain were both yellow carded within minutes of each other, Andrew for pulling down at a lineout and Balmain for standing up in the scrum.

Scarlets attacked down the left but were halted by a good Forsyth tackle, Tigers counter rucked well but left the ball behind leaving Fenby with a simple run in down the line, Thomas converted for a 28-19 lead.
It was all Scarlets now and Gareth Owen jinked his way past four would be tacklers to score under the post and the conversion put the score out to 35-19.

The restart was claimed by Owen who kicked ahead and despite the centre Reynolds being off the pitch when he hacked the ball on past Geordan Murphy the try was given, the conversion was missed leaving the final score 40-19 to the Scarlets.

All in all a thoroughly awful performance from Tigers and a good one from Scarlets. I thought Harry Wells did well but can't really think of anyone else who emerged with much credit.


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Re: Scarlets v Tigers Match Report
Stopsy (IP Logged)
05/02/2013 07:52
Many thanks Martin, always the hardest matches to do!

Re: Scarlets v Tigers Match Report
Rich W (IP Logged)
05/02/2013 11:04
Indeed - thanks for taking the pain of doing that one.

You may want to get yor keyboard looked at - the keys p,e,n,a,l,t and y appear to be stuck!

How many penalties did we give away?


Re: Scarlets v Tigers Match Report
Birstall Tiger (IP Logged)
05/02/2013 14:13
it seemed a lot Rich, definitely too many.

Re: Scarlets v Tigers Match Report
Eif Jones (IP Logged)
05/02/2013 16:34
No mention of the unusual occurence of a Leicester scrum being mullered by a Scarlets scrum before either of the yellow cards. Eventually the Leicester tight head had to go leading to uncontested scrums!!!

Re: Scarlets v Tigers Match Report
Birstall Tiger (IP Logged)
05/02/2013 17:13
Why would I mention it, it wasn't a pretty sight and I'd hope not to see it again!

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