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  • Edwards, Morgan, Williams,
    Penalty goals: Priestland (3),
    Conversions: Priestland,
  • Guinness PRO12
  • 15th Apr 2012
  • KO 14:05
  • Ground: Stadio Luigi Zaffanella
  • Att: 3,300

Scarlets scrape past Aironi

Welsh side keep top four bid on track with narrow win

Last updated: 15th April 2012  

 Liam Williams - Scarlets - Jan 2012

Liam Williams: Crossed in the second half

 Rhys Priestland - Scarlets

Rhys Priestland: Bagged an 11-point haul for Scarlets

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Scarlets kept their RaboDirect PRO12 championship play-off hopes alive with a battling 26-23 victory over bottom side Aironi in Viadana.

Johnathan Edwards' first-half try helped them to a 16-6 lead at half-time, but the Italians made a strong start to the second period and deservedly drew level.

However, further tries for Scarlets from Liam Williams and Ben Morgan proved enough to give them continued hope of a top-four finish.

Aironi were dogged opponents though and Giulio Toniolatti's converted try at the death earned them a losing bonus point.

Rhys Priestland kicked the first of his 11 points with a third-minute penalty and Scarlets were moments later denied the opening try when Nick Reynolds dropped the ball as he went to ground it in the corner.

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Aironi scored penalties through Tito Tebaldi and Luciano Orquera either side of Priestland's second successful penalty to make the score 6-6 before Scarlets grabbed a try just before the half-hour mark, Edwards offering good support following a break down the right to touch down.

Priestland added the extras and a third penalty to open up a 10-point lead, although Aironi were unlucky not to pull one back as Josh Sole dropped the ball with the line in sight after a strong Phil John tackle.

A yellow card for Josh Turnbull was seized upon by Aironi, whose converted penalty try brought them level, with Orquera then missing a long-range kick to put them ahead.

Scarlets responded well as Williams exploited a gap in the Aironi defence to race away, and Morgan accepted an offload from Andy Fenby after a tremendous break to also touch down, with both Priestland conversion attempts bouncing off the post and out.

Toniolatti's converted try was the final action as Aironi reduced the deficit to three points, and Scarlets are now just one point behind fifth-placed Ulster and two behind the Glasgow Warriors in fourth with two games to go.

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