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- Guinness PRO12
- 1st Sep 2012
- KO 18:30
- Ground: Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
- Att: 6,559
Scarlets off to a flyer
Leinster field six players from their Academy on the bench
Wingers George North and Andy Fenby scored two tries apiece the Scarlets opened their RaboDirect Pro12 campaign with a 45-20 victory over Leinster at Parc y Scarlets.
There were also tries for man of the match Liam Williams, Scott Williams and Kieran Murphy in a comprehensive victory for the hosts.
The Scarlets included new skipper Rob McCusker at number eight, while new South African signing George Earle and former Osprey Richard Kelly were paired in the second row.
Flanker Shane Jennings captained a Leinster side stripped of 11 rested internationals and another seven players who were injured. It meant they had to include six players from the province's Academy on the bench.
Under-strength Leinster did make the better start before being outclassed and were rewarded with a penalty goal for Ian Madigan after four minutes.
But Scarlets, under new head coach Simon Easterby, roared into the contest with two converted tries inside 26 minutes.
The forwards went through a softening up process of Leinster's defence before Wales centre Scott Williams went over by the posts for the first.
And Liam Williams, showing some good form in front of Wales attack coach Rob Howley, squeezed in between two defenders to grab the second after latching on to a long pass from scrum-half Tavis Knoyle.
But three minutes before half-time Josh Turnbull was penalised at a ruck in front of his posts and Madigan was able to slot his second penalty to cut Scarlets' lead to 14-6 at the interval.
It took Scarlets just two minutes after the interval to score the first of five second half tries - a move started and finished off by North as Scarlets extended their lead to 19-6.
Six minutes later the Scarlets registered a bonus point and in some style with a try from a move which covered almost the length of the field.
Liam Williams started it with a run out of defence, Aaron Shingler carried on before Knoyle put over Fenby for the fourth try.
Leinster got on the try trail with a converted score under the posts for Devin Toner, but two minutes later that was cancelled out with a fifth Scarlets try for replacement number eight Murphy.
In the final minutes Scarlets put some gloss on the scoreline with North and Fenby both going over for their second tries before Madigan scored Leinster's second try in injury time.
With Rhys Priestland (2) and Aled Thomas converting three of the Scarlets tries the home side ran out 45-20 winners.
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Friday 27th February|
|19:35||Ospreys vs Leinster|
|19:35||Ulster vs Scarlets|
|Saturday 28th February|
|19:15||Munster vs Glasgow Warriors|
|Sunday 1st March|
|12:45||Cardiff Blues vs Edinburgh|
|17:00||Zebre vs Dragons|
|17:15||Connacht vs Treviso|
|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||Benetton 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|
|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|
|Sunday 11th January|
|Ospreys 22 - 11 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Benetton Treviso 20 - 24 Ulster|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Zebre 7 - 31 Munster|
|Cardiff Blues 13 - 22 Leinster|
|Friday 9th January|
|Connacht 13 - 16 Edinburgh|
|Glasgow 22 - 7 Scarlets|
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