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Newport Gwent D'gons
- Guinness PRO12
- 2nd May 2014
- KO 19:05
- Ground: Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
- Att: 5,850
RaboDirect PRO12: Scarlets beat Newport Gwent Dragons to clinch top-six finish
Scarlets sealed their place in the top flight of European competition for next season with a 34-23 bonus-point win over the Newport Gwent Dragons in their RaboDirect PRO12 fixture at Parc y Scarlets.
Scarlets had only needed only two points to book their European slot, and tries from Jake Ball, Gareth Davies, Jordan Williams and Ken Owens, as well as 14 points from the boot of fly-half Rhys Priestland, were enough for them to secure the all-important sixth place in the league.
The win was also the Scarlets' first Welsh derby victory of the campaign.
Scarlets seemed well on their way to victory after leading 24-13 at the break with three converted tries.
The Dragons started and finished the first half well, but the Scarlets dominance was based on a strong scrum and driving line-out.
The first Scarlets try came after 16 minutes when Wales lock Ball touched down by the post. Priestland kicked the conversion before adding a 24th-minute penalty.
The home side then blitzed the Dragons' defence to score two more tries in the space of four minutes.
First scrum-half Gareth Davies nipped in from five metres out to extend his lead at the top of the Pro12 try-scoring list to 10 scores.
And a good team try, which involved captain Jonathan Davies and Olly Barkley, was finished off by Jordan Williams.
However, from 24-3 down the Dragons responded with a penalty for fly-half Kris Burton, who followed that up by intercepting a Priestland pass which ended with wing Tom Prydie crossing in first-half stoppage time.
The Dragons' comeback continued with a Burton penalty straight after the break, but the visitors were then halted in their tracks.
Five minutes later Scarlets had their bonus point try when hooker Ken Owens squeezed over. Priestland added his fourth conversion of the match to ease the home side into a 31-16 lead.
The Dragons were not helped when hooker Rhys Thomas was sin-binned for a professional foul, although despite being down to 14 men they still managed to score a second try for Prydie on the hour mark.
However, Scarlets had the final say with Priestland kicking a penalty 11 minutes from time to give them an 11-point lead which could not be reduced.
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Friday 26th December|
|14:05||Cardiff Blues vs Dragons|
|17:00||Munster vs Leinster|
|18:45||Ulster vs Connacht|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:40||Glasgow Warriors vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Ospreys vs Scarlets|
|Sunday 28th December|
|14:00||Zebre vs Treviso|
|Thursday 1st January|
|14:05||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Cardiff Blues|
|17:00||Connacht vs Munster|
|Friday 2nd January|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Glasgow Warriors|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Zebre|
|14:40||Leinster vs Ulster|
|17:05||Scarlets vs Ospreys|
|Friday 9th January|
|19:35||Connacht vs Edinburgh|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Scarlets|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:40||Cardiff Blues vs Leinster|
|15:00||Zebre vs Munster|
|Sunday 11th January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Ulster|
|16:00||Ospreys vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Wednesday 14th January|
|TBC||Leinster vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Connacht|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Ulster vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Zebre vs Glasgow|
|TBC||Munster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 21st February|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Cardiff Blues|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Dragons 25 - 11 Zebre|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Ospreys 31 - 20 Ulster|
|Glasgow Warriors 21 - 18 Munster|
|Friday 19th December|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 9 Scarlets|
|Edinburgh 48 - 0 Treviso|
|Leinster 21 - 11 Connacht|
|Sunday 30th November|
|Glasgow Warriors 19 - 15 Dragons|
|Saturday 29th November|
|Connacht 14 - 8 Scarlets|
|Leinster 18 - 12 Ospreys|
|Zebre 18 - 10 Edinburgh|
|Friday 28th November|
|Cardiff Blues 36 - 25 Treviso|
|Munster 21 - 20 Ulster|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff Blues|
|Treviso 24 - 24 Leinster|
|Friday 21st November|
|Ulster 25 - 16 Ospreys|
|Connacht 43 - 3 Zebre|
|Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow Warriors|
|Dragons 12 - 38 Munster|
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