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- Guinness PRO12
- 1st Mar 2014
- KO 18:30
- Ground: Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
- Att: 6,487
RaboDirect Pro12: Scarlets beat leaders Munster
- Crushing win for Ulster
- Bonus-point victory for Ulster
- Edinburgh edge past Ospreys
- Blues slump in Zebre
- Convincing win for Connacht
- Leinster sneak past Glasgow
Scarlets held on to earn an 18-13 RaboDirect Pro12 victory over leaders Munster, as the Irish side were denied an unprecedented clean sweep of victories over the four Welsh regions.
Munster's consolation was a losing bonus point which stretched their lead to three points over Leinster.
A try apiece from scrum-half Gareth Davies and flanker John Barclay set the hosts on their way to victory at Parc y Scarlets with Munster's try coming from wing Gerhard van den Heever.
The match saw British & Irish Lions centre Jonathan Davies return for the Scarlets giving him an opportunity to prove his fitness ahead of Wales' clash with England at Twickenham next Sunday.
Davies was back after recovering from a pectoral injury in Wales' defeat to South Africa last November. He partnered former England international Olly Barkley in midfield.
Leaders Munster, who had won all their previous seven games against the four regions, made eight changes from the side that beat the Ospreys last weekend.
Despite having most of the territory and possession in the first period, Scarlets found themselves frustratingly 13-8 behind at the break.
Munster had to soak up attack after attack in the opening quarter but the Scarlets had to settle for a 3-3 scoreline with Barkley and Ian Keatley having swapped penalties in the space of two minutes.
For all their intense pressure Scarlets were eventually rewarded with a try when scrum-half Gareth Davies scampered in after breaking down the blindside from a maul.
But all the hard work from the Welsh region was undone in the space of five minutes before half-time when a dropped pass by Barkley in midfield allowed Van den Heever to run in unopposed.
And on the stroke of half-time, a Scarlets infringement at a ruck allowed Keatley to kick a penalty to give the visitors a five-point cushion going in to the second half.
It all went Scarlets' way straight after the break.
Keatley missed a second minute penalty, while Aled Thomas was on target with his own penalty before Barclay ran in 60 metres after picking off scrum-half Duncan Williams' pass from a line-out.
But for much of the rest of the half the Scarlets were under the cosh especially when Josh Turnbull was sin-binned for a careless use of the boot.
Van den Heever thought he had a second try on 68 minutes but it was disallowed for an earlier knock-on by Williams at a ruck.
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Sunday 21st September|
|Ospreys 62 - 13 Edinburgh|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Scarlets 43 - 0 Benetton Treviso|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 13 - 33 Glasgow|
|Friday 19th September|
|Connacht 10 - 9 Leinster|
|Cardiff Blues 9 - 26 Ulster|
|Munster 31 - 5 Zebre|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Cardiff Blues 12 - 33 Glasgow|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Leinster 42 - 12 Scarlets|
|Friday 12th September|
|Ulster 33 - 13 Zebre|
|Edinburgh 13 - 14 Connacht|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 15 - 17 Ospreys|
|Benetton Treviso 10 - 21 Munster|
|Sunday 7th September|
|Zebre 26 - 41 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 6th September|
|Glasgow 22 - 20 Leinster|
|Connacht 16 - 11 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Scarlets 32 - 32 Ulster|
|Friday 5th September|
|Munster 13 - 14 Edinburgh|
|Ospreys 44 - 13 Benetton Treviso|
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