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- Guinness PRO12
- 3rd Nov 2012
- KO 18:30
- Ground: Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
- Att: 5,757
RaboDirect Pro12: Kristian Phillips and Aled Thomas help Scarlets see off Zebre
Scarlets have gone second in the RaboDirect Pro12 table after a 22-13 home win over Zebre.
However, the west Wales region made quite hard work of beating the winless Italian side, debutant wing Kristian Phillips scoring the only try while outside-half Aled Thomas kicked 17 points.
The Scarlets were without all 12 of their Wales squad players, giving former Ospreys duo Phillips and Gareth Owen a chance to start.
And the visitors took the lead on 13 minutes when Daniel Halangahu kicked a penalty after prop Deacon Manu had transgressed at a ruck.
Owen and Italy flanker Filippo Ferrarini were then yellow-carded by referee Dudley Phillips for an off-the-ball scrap before Thomas levelled with a three-pointer on 36 minutes.
Zebre led 6-3 at the interval thanks to another Halangahu penalty but the hosts began to take charge after the break and Zebre lost Tito Tebaldi to the sin-bin.
Thomas kicked a pair of penalties to make it 9-6 but Zebre launched a counter attack after the Scarlets had lost ball in the Italian 22 and centre Matteo Pratichetti dived over for a converted try.
But the Scarlets cut the deficit with a fourth penalty for Thomas and Phillips then sped over in the right corner after Zebre had failed to gather a box kick from replacement scrum-half Aled Davies.
Thomas converted the try and then put over his fifth penalty two minutes from time to take Zebre out of losing bonus point range.RaboDirect Pro 12. Click here to bet.
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