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RaboDirect Pro12: Scarlets sink Munster on home turf to claim domestic double
Fly-half Owen Williams kicked all Scarlets' points as the region celebrated a RaboDirect Pro12 double over Munster with an 18-10 victory at Parc y Scarlets.
Veteran fly-half Ronan O'Gara could only manage one penalty from four attempts for the visitors, although he did convert wing Denis Hurley's late consolation try.
O'Gara had a testing early kick after the Scarlets were penalised on halfway, but he left his effort hanging short of the target.
It was not a great start for the fly-half and things did not improve; the Scarlets were caught offside in front of their posts, but again O'Gara failed with his kick from 35 metres out, the ball rebounding off the left upright.
While O'Gara struggled to find his range, opposite number Williams opened the scoring with a sweetly struck penalty of his own on 14 minutes.
Williams was short with another attempt from inside his own half, but rediscovered the target with his third attempt on 18 minutes to double the Scarlets' lead.
Eventually Munster got a foothold in Scarlets territory and O'Gara finally opened his account with a 29th-minute penalty from 25 metres after the home side were penalised at a scrum.
But that was cancelled out by the in-form Williams who kicked a fine 55-metre penalty to give the Scarlets a 9-3 interval lead.
Munster's discipline let them down at the start of the second half with wing Johne Murphy conceding a penalty for a clash with Phil John, but fortunately for the Irish side Williams was off target with his effort.
But Munster continued to infringe and Williams took advantage to kick his fourth penalty, while O'Gara missed his third from four attempts.
It got even worse for the Irish as captain Mike Sherry was sin-binned on 56 minutes, allowing Williams to land a fifth penalty as Scarlets extended their lead to 15-3 and, down to 14 men, Munster fell further behind when Williams produced a clinical drop-goal after 64 minutes.
The visitors did at least have the final word after Williams blotted his copybook by seeing a yellow card, wing Hurley going over for the only try of the contest which O'Gara converted.
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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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