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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 6th March|
|19:35||Cardiff Blues vs Connacht|
|19:35||Glasgow Warriors vs Zebre|
|Saturday 7th March|
|14:40||Ospreys vs Munster|
|17:15||Scarlets vs Leinster|
|18:00||Treviso vs Edinburgh|
|Sunday 8th March|
|16:00||Dragons vs Ulster|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:35||Leinster vs Glasgow|
|19:35||Ulster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 28th March|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Zebre|
|14:40||Scarlets vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Munster vs Connacht|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Cardiff Blues|
|19:35||Benetton Treviso vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 11th April|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Munster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Scarlets|
|14:40||Connacht vs Ulster|
|Sunday 12th April|
|16:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Leinster|
|Friday 24th April|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Zebre|
|19:35||Ulster vs Leinster|
|Saturday 25th April|
|TBC||Munster vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Scarlets|
|TBC||Connacht vs Glasgow|
|Saturday 9th May|
|15:00||Ulster vs Munster|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Connacht 53 - 5 Treviso|
|Zebre 23 - 17 Dragons|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 15 Edinburgh|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Munster 22 - 10 Glasgow Warriors|
|Friday 27th February|
|Ospreys 9 - 9 Leinster|
|Ulster 25 - 20 Scarlets|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|Dragons 25 - 30 Connacht|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Glasgow 19 - 16 Ospreys|
|Scarlets 25 - 25 Munster|
|Friday 20th February|
|Edinburgh 17 - 20 Ulster|
|Leinster 29 - 8 Zebre|
|Benetton Treviso 40 - 24 Cardiff Blues|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Leinster 14 - 16 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Zebre 10 - 54 Glasgow|
|Scarlets 32 - 14 Connacht|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Munster 33 - 16 Cardiff Blues|
|Friday 13th February|
|Edinburgh 24 - 16 Ospreys|
|Ulster 43 - 3 Benetton Treviso|
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