Thursday, March 23, 2023
Late try keeps Scarlets Europe hopes alive

Late try keeps Scarlets Europe hopes alive

SCARLETS scored two late tries to defeat 14-man Benetton Treviso 33-28 and keep their European hopes alive.

The home side were behind 28-21 with just four minutes left on the clock, before tries from winger Steff Evans and centre Paul Asquith in the 77th and 79th minute to steal victory.

Scarlets other tries came from Gareth Davies (2) and second-rower Tadgh Beirne.

In what was an important bonus-point win for the hosts, it was a nervy ending for the home crowd at Parc Y Scarlets, who sensed an early exit from Europe with just 5 minutes remaining.

It was a comfortable start for the Scarlets when they went 14-0 up after just six minutes, followed by Benetton flanker Francesco Minto being sent off in the 24th minute for a dangerous tackle on David Bulbring.

However despite the one man disadvantage, the visitors bounced back from being 21-7 down, to leading 28-21 after scoring four converted tries through Barbieri, Hayward, Esposito and Ruzza. All tries were converted by fly-half Tommaso Allan.

However it was Wayne Pivac’s side who used their get out of jail card, scoring two late tries to snatch victory at the death, much to the dismay of the Italians.

The victory means that the Scarlets are still in with a chance of qualifying to the knock-out stages of the elite European competition, with trips to Italy and Bath still to come, alongside a home match against French giants Toulon.

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