A first half try for Ioan Nicholas and a strong defensive effort was enough for Scarlets to grind out a 10 – 6 victory over Munster at a rain soaked Parc Y Scarlets today, Saturday (Mar 2).

Despite having the majority of the possession and territory, Munster were unable to get through the home sides solid defence.

It was Munster who opened the scoring with Bill Johnston slotted over an early penalty.

An excellent break by Wales and Lions international Leigh Halfpenny from his own 22 resulted in Scarlets best scoring opportunity of the match and they took it with Nicholas going over in the corner.

Halfpenny, in only his second match back from injury, kicked the conversion.

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac speaks following victory over Munster:

In the second half, a driving maul led by man of the match Uzair Cassiem resulted in Munster giving away a penalty. Halfpenny was on target to stretch the Scarlets lead.

Munster continued their attack and looked to have scored when Kleyn touched down after a rolling maul, but the TMO ruled the score out due to obstruction.

Welsh international Rhys Patchell came on as a replacement and his tactical kicking was on point, pushing back Munster in the last quarter of the match.

The Irish had one final chance for the winning try but a loss of possession on the Scarlets try line saw their hopes ended.

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