Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Scarlets beat Leicester to avoid European whitewash

Scarlets beat Leicester to avoid European whitewash

Chipping ahead: Steff Evans of Scarlets

WALES international prop Rob Evans scored twice to help Scarlets to their first victory in this seasons European Champions Cup with a 33-10 win over Leicester Tigers.

Captain Ken Owens, again playing out of position at number eight, also went over for a score in a man of the match performance at Parc Y Scarlets.

Scarlets other tries came from New Zealander Johnny McNicholl and Wales wing Steff Evans

The visitors scored two late consolation tries through Will Evans and Michael Fitzgerald.

With Wales coach Warren Gatland watching from the stands, the home side put in their best European performance this season with Owens leading from the front.

It was a slow and messy start to the game until the Scarlets forwards made hard yards and Evans was able to drive over for the opening score. Fly half Dan Jones was wide with the conversion.

In the 37th minute, another attacking opportunity was taken by Owens who powerfully charged over for his sides second try. His try celebration showed his passion for the club. Jones slotted over the conversion.

In the second half Scarlets started well with Evans scoring the second of his brace and put themselves in the driving seat. Jones nailed the conversion.

Shortly afterwards another attacking play resulted in McNicholl touching down after a slick no look pass from Kieran Fonotia to secure the bonus point try.

A yellow card for Tigers back rower Mike Williams made things even worse for Geordan Murphy’s side, the extra man advantage allowed for Evans to squeeze over in the left-hand corner for his sides 5th try of the evening.

Leicester weren’t going to go home empty handed though, following his 10 minute spell, Evans went over for their first try and replacement lock Fitzgerald with over for the final score of the evening.

Scarlets final European fixture will be an away trip to Racing 92 on Saturday (Jan 19).

Final score: Scarlets 33 – 10 Leicester Tigers

Man of the match: Ken Owens (Scarlets)

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