Blues v Scarlets Scrum V


Blues v Scarlets

Ross Harries presents live coverage of Cardiff Blues v Scarlets from the Arms Park. Studio guests include Jonathan Davies, Martyn Williams and Sean Holley.


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All roads lead to Cardiff, playing host to another full-blooded Welsh

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derby. Welcome to the Blues against Scarlets.

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Yes, it is the Welsh derby. Which means we have home fans, and plenty

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of away fans flocking to Cardiff tonight. There may be some big names

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missing but it has not dimmed the enthusiasm of the supporters. Some

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intriguing head-to-head tonight. Not least that man, who swapped Cardiff

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Arms Park is for the Scarlets the summer. There is the table. Five

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points separate the teams. The Blues will be looking to climb the table,

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Scarlets, looking to close the gap. Welcome to the programme. We cannot

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be accused of possibility. We have a former Cardiff blue, a Scarlet, and

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a neutral. I will start by throwing you a political hot potato. Plenty

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of talk about missing top-class international is, who is to blame?

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Whoever organised the fixture, they dropped a real clanger. This is a

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showcase event for this region. It needs the big internationals. Great

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crowd and atmosphere but for the Guinness Pro12 grant for the region,

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they need the international players. Hopefully they learn from it and it

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never happens again. It should be a showpiece, at the Millennium

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Stadium, or the start of the season, but never at the Wales game time.

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It is often said fly-halves have to straddle the line between arrogance

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and confidence, what mood will Patchell be in tonight? He has got

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to be confident, come back and manage the game properly. The

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internationals are not playing outside him today. He will be

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excited, they will put pressure on him. But he is coming back to

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Cardiff to try to prove a point. Fair to say that, talk about

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pressure, there is more pressure on Scarlets tonight. Five points

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behind, if they don't win, the gap will widen. They had a poor start to

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the season. And already there is a bit of a gap between the top and

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bottom six. If they lose this tonight they really are chasing the

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season and it is not even November yet. I totally agree with those

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sentiments, it is a shame the international players are not here,

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but ideally what happens, this defines your season, as a club, is a

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region. Many Scarlets players think they should be first choice players

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and some of them tomorrow can put their hands up and put them a

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performance. The Blues are psychologically damaged by their

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last outing against the Ospreys but they have resurrected the season

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with handsome wins in Europe. They were shocked and embarrassed by that

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performance but Wilson and his men had done a lot of positive things

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also, getting the selections right in Europe. You need your home form,

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to get the crowd behind you, and in a Welsh derby, you need to win the

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majority of the games to get the board members, players, and fans

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onside. But they are doing some good things here as well. The Blues did

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the double over the Scarlets last season. The Scarlets are coming out

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of the tunnel, they will be looking for revenge. We can go to the

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commentary box now and join Gareth Giles.

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The Scarlets supporters agreed the visitors as they come out onto the

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field. Prop Jones has impressed in the absence of evidence. Price makes

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a first appearance of the season. Shingler looks forward to lining up

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against his brother. Patchell returns to his home club team, and

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Jonathan Evans, alongside him, another Cardiff boy. The Scott,

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Williams, with Hughes in the centre, and the skipper, Parkes.

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Gill, my hill, just back from injury, and the other Shingler is

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alongside Williams, with the dangerous Matthew Morgan at

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full-back. Williams, release from Welsh duty. And Phillips, a first

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outing since a long-term knee injury. Lloyd Linton of Scotland is

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the man in charge for what is a big game in terms of the season. Big

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crowd as well. The biggest of the season at Cardiff Arms Park.

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The former Cardiff Blue, Patchell, will get the game under way. On his

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old stamping ground. Morgan, renowned for his counterattacking

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and running. Safety first from him initially. Tomos is the one who sets

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up the counter. We are expecting a fast open game from these two teams.

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They want to play running rugby but they will need to hang onto the ball

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to do so. The Blues score a number of tries on this surface but what

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they have not been doing is scoring three tries. It is only the ones

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they have actually got the try scoring bonus point this season. --

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the once. No problems with the surface, as far

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as scrummaging goes. Free kick. For the early engagement by the Blues.

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Reset is the option from the Scarlets. That is an interesting

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call from the Scarlets. It has not been the strong point all year but

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they are obviously confident in that area tonight. They are backing

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themselves in the scrum. That is the Blues ten metre line

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running between the front rows. Steady as you like. Park is ready,

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Evans on the blindside, Scully was just stumbling a little bit trying

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to regain ground. Right idea from Jonathan Evans but not quite the

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execution. Solid scrum, good to see, good start from the Scarlets pack.

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We saw Jonathan Evans, dangerous around the blindside, on his last

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outing, scoring the bonus point try against the Dragons. Down supplies

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the line-out position. Dolan is stepping into some big

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shoes tonight, Williams, having played most of the season is either

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a blindside or second row. The one thing about coming here is the

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mental side of it. This pitch. There is -- players do not like coming

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here, to be honest, so you need to get over that is the wayside and on

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with it. A couple of forwards, and Earle getting involved with his

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former team-mate. Slightly late on Patchell. Clean catch awarded for

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Morgan. Patchell got a mixed reception.

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Well, his name did, when it was announced earlier. He and Shingler,

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swapping shirts this season. Evans on halfway. He is up for this,

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Earle, he has flown into a few rucks. He has, he has. A lot of

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strapping around the ankle. Missed the last game. Advantage was being

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played there any way by Lloyd Linton. Number four, offside.

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Earle, taking up the space between the scrum-half and the forward,

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placing the ball back. He has made himself a complete nuisance, in

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previous line-ups he has been Scarlets, within five metres. The

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forward, queueing up outside Jonathan Evans. Boyde with the

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initial carry. Back it comes to Evans. Patchell. Beautiful weight on

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it but Matthew Morgan gets his five frame up off on the deck dash-mac-

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eight. This is worth going for, it is like an intercept. Usually a

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yellow card. It is a great free kick, measured to perfection. He

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goes up, and that's not even a penalty. Could drive by the Blues

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from the line-out though. I was quite surprised they went wide the

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last time because they are comfortable with ball in hand. Could

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drive going on. I did think it is going to go far, because all the

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bikes are very tight. The two centres are vying for it. Elias.

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Barclay. Parkes. In goes Hughes to try to protect. Scarlet ball. Close,

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but not close enough. Shingler. Great finish by Aaron Shingler! Was

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it? He turned upside down and got the ball above his head. Did he make

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the line? You think so. Is there any reason why I cannot award a try,

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please? That is tremendous pressure from the Scarlets. It looks to have

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ended in a try. Shingler kept his wits about him and that is a great

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try. Yes, very good decision. OK, that looks like a try. Thank you.

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They were very comfortable. As soon as they went with a very good kick

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from Patchell they looked very comfortable with the ball in hand,

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they made good yards. So it is the elder Shingler who gets first blood.

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And Patchell converts to make it 7-0 Scarlets. We could see it was

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coming. They just used their carriers. Kruger, initially, Boyde

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had a couple of carries, and a great finish by Shingler. It is also a

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mismatch, Williams taking the big number eight on the line, he was not

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going to knock him back, he knew he would get over the tackle. Great

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slip pass from Bulbring to Hughes. Lovely awareness by the South

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African second row. Patchell. Scarlets looked to have come out of

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the block you. Parkes. Man and ball for Hughes. That is where Patchell

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has got to manage the game. They were too deep. He has just got to

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turn that, put in a kick, and turned the Blues. A shimmy from Thomas. The

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shoulders, or around the neck, the neck, says the referee. It is the

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same thing these days. Cook, the miscreant. Great start from Scarlets

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who have had all the possession and territory. Some ill discipline from

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the Blues at the moment is costing them. They need to silence the

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crowd. The Blues are on a high. There is the dummy, yeah. Lovely

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little pop from Bulbring. Evans has been in great form in recent weeks

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in Europe. Good cleaning up from Boyde. Great pic on the go by Van

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der Merwe and it is try number two for the Scarlets. As easy as that.

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Jonathan Evans. They have come to play, haven't they? Lovely off-load,

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good finish. Love to see this pick-up again from Van der Merwe.

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Scooped it in one go. Such a difficult skill. It was a good carry

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initially. I think it was Price with the initial carry to get him on the

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front foot, but Van der Merwe is just going to clean out. A great

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off-load as well, Jonathan Evans, great support. Well deserved lead.

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A lovely, lovely try. There is nobody near, they are standing wide,

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the off-load, brilliant support, and a try. It was Elias, yes, apologies

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to him, fantastic carry, it makes all the difference if you can get on

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the front foot like that. A second conversion from Patchell makes it

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14-0 Scarlets, in the first ten minutes. What a start.

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Morgan. Not an advantage for the Blues. -- no: advantage. Cook. They

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need to get a foothold in this one. And they may, through Lee-Lo. With

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the show and go. Good tackle by Shingler. And he gets a second one

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is well on Scully, who had gone across in support. Release! Release!

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Earle. With the carry towards the Scarlets try line. Filise. Much more

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direct from the Blues. First time they have had ball in hand really,

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but spilled by Allen. Now then, can they break out of their own defence?

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Kruger, wanting to take on the Blues. Patchell, chance, there are

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men out wide. Oh, interception! And what a gift, what a gift! In the

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end, maybe a bit too ambitious from Scarlets, gifting Tom Down a try.

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They had an overlap on the right-hand side. Just watch. From

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the turnover. He shows the dummy, and that is a lazy pass. He has got

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to give it earlier, too many steps. But really well read by Tom Down. If

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he gave that a little bit earlier they were away. It was the right

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decision to keep ball in hand but you have got to time a little bit

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better. On the other hand, it was on, so he had the right to go for

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it. You have got to give it at the right time or you keep it. He

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should've taken the ball a bit further. That could be a massive

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momentum swing. It was all Scarlets in the opening

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stages but the Blues are back in this one now. Certainly back in it,

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with a lovely conversion by Shingler. Back to A1 scored game.

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Better games without the International is anyway! Three tries

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in the first 30 minutes! Tom James would have been upset and angry not

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to be in the Welsh squad. The fact that he had a loosehead prop outside

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him made his decision to hold onto it a little bit too long. Try number

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40 in the league for Tom James, fifth in the all-time rankings, past

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Shane Hogan. Let's go to pitch side, Catherine has some very interesting

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spectators. I have indeed. A real family affair. The Shingler brothers

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are out there and I have the mum and dad, Craig and Jeanette. The big

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question, who are you supporting, coming from West Wales? Loyalties

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are divided. As long as both our boys do well and all the players

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come off the field and it will be a good game. It is a fantastic ground

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and the atmosphere is great. So long as everybody is well, our loyalties

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are equal. You don't seem convinced, but both brothers are doing very

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well! Absolutely fantastic, you could not write it. One has scored a

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try, the other has kicked a goal, I am not saying West is best, we are

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not divided, it is a team effort, as long as we enjoy the game and the

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boys do well, and both teams are supported, it will be good. What

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they are trying to say is, and they cannot say it, they are supporting

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Scarlets, because they are from the West! Another interception. And

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another, is your way? Van der Merwe is too quick! And the Lee-Lo does

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get the tackling. -- is he away. And the penalty as well. You cannot take

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your eyes off this second. They have come to play, both. Throwing the

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ball about. I think Scully is up on his... Well, the Scarlet attack

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avoided him and he completely mistimed his job for the ball and

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really hurt himself. He is up, but he is still struggling. That was a

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poor pass, Parkes. Lee-Lo, has a good target, Tom James, and he

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thinks he is away. Morgan gets across. Is Lee-Lo going to get him?

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Great work by Lee-Lo to get back onto his feet and compete and force

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Thomas off his feet, to concede a penalty. I have a little sympathy

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for the players. Firstly they try to clear out. There is a rush of

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players from behind them... He is away. Here we go again. Tom James.

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His ankle tapped. And now the Scarlets. But it has gone out on the

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far side. Brilliant start to this game. Lovely awareness. He goes

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blind, sees the one defender, he is a bit tight, Jonathan Evans, but

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that is a brilliant ankle tap, he was away. This is breathless stuff.

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This is what the Scarlets coaches have said. Look, come in, start

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well, we are very confident, playing well at the moment. Especially at

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home, they have made it a fortress under Danny Wilson, it is important

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to get a good start, and that is what they have done. Cook, you see

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that all the time now, they get pinned in, the opposition players

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don't let you out of there. Just some key penalties being given away

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by the Blues in the first 17 minutes. Price, from the second

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row... -- former Leicester second row. Oh! Shingler, straight through

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again. He has split them. Good control in a tight aspect from

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Scarlets again. I think the brother Steve Shingler got his hand in.

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A little look up from Shingler, and he saw that it was on. Good work

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from his brother, stripping the ball from Barclay. Wilson won't be too

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pleased with the defending around the rucks at the moment, being split

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early and split down the middle of one of the tries. -- for one of the

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tries. Williams. Quick tap and go. Tom

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James was tracking him. They have turned over the ball now. Evans

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alone out on the left. They had to come back on a different angle.

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Morgan. The crowd are buzzing with excitement around Cardiff Arms Park.

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They feel he can go from anywhere in that kind of broken play situation.

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Barclay. Controlling on the ten metre line. I don't think he passes.

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Patchell. Manages to squeeze it back. Elias

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again, he has carried really well in the first 20 minutes. Yes, the Blues

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skipper does the necessary. Shingler. That is just for

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territory, and it will be too long. Unusual, the balance usually checks

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on this surface. -- the bounce. It has been a lively first period, very

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good. Matthew Morgan. Filise. Straightens out, get over

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the gain line. Allen. Looks for the round at the backpass. Yes, looking

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to off-load. Parkes is the one who has secured it for the Scarlets.

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There is a knock-on advantage for the Scarlet as well. As they try to

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get going forward again. Evans, half two and, ready for the kick towards

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the touchline. -- have turned. Morgan. Good tackle by Hughes. It

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almost fell for Evans. Shingler did very well. That was an important

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moment for the Blues. Stephen Shingler. Into the hands of Hughes,

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who gets instructions to put it out field -- into the hands of Evans. At

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the moment you just don't feel the Blues runners are getting that kind

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of gain line advantage and quick ball, Scarlets are defending very

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well. Catherine has more company, the Scarlets manager, Mark Taylor. I

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don't know how many Weetabix your boys had before coming out, but what

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a start. It is what you want in a derby game, to come out and beat the

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other team's intensity, which we did. But then we gifted them a try

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back and lost our shape and composure a little in the last few

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minutes, we seem a bit caught up in the excitement of all that. We will

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catch up with you in the second half, thanks. Lee-Lo gets the flat

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pass. Slips a tackle. Brought down a second time by Parkes but well

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behind the gain line. And another interception! And a long run a home

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for Thomas! Van der Merwe is on the outside, he should get their... He

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just jogs in for the last 20 metres. In a game of interceptions, a

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telling one. The referee is checking though.

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I'm wondering if there was a possible offside.

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Lloyd Linton wants to check on the offside. I don't think it is. It was

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a long pass, they were very flat. They have got to take it back to see

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where the ball is. That is not the angle you want. And the question is,

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any reason you cannot award it. By then he was not offside. This is the

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one. They are all on site. It is a long pass.

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Neil Paterson is the TMO. He will make the call. He is a long way

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back. Aled Thomas is almost on the try line! I have a decision for you,

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there is no clear and obvious offside, you may award the try. One

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for you and one for us! It is chaos out there at the minute but good fun

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to watch. It could be you score six and we'll score seven. He is a long

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way back, Aled Thomas. If anything I know it is hindsight, he could put a

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grubber in because they were short. Because he was so deep initially,

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Aled Thomas has made up some good ground and he read it perfectly.

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Luckily he had Van der Merwe outside him. I think he was looking for him

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early. Good kick. The place kicking has been superb and the tries have

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been superbly taken as well. Defensively, the coaches will be

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scratching their heads. That's what you want, you'll wind up on your

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shoulder when you make a break or an interception. -- your winger.

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And you have got two of the league's most prolific try scorers on that

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fireside, Tom James and DTH van der Merwe. -- on that far side.

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Six years with Glasgow, his third with the Scarlets. There is not

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really any structure to this game. A few turnovers and interceptions,

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knock-on is, it has been a fast, open game. The Scarlets have tried

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to take it up the middle of it. Incomes Scully, a good tackle by

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Patchell. A good run but a great tackle. Great work. He kept his

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place and he has impressed, against Saracens last week. A similar player

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to James Davis. That allowed the number seven to get over the ball

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and win the penalty. Narberth boy. Still only 21 years old, Will Boyde.

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They'll be happy. Here we go, Patchell has gone down early, he

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clamps the man and ball will stop Cam Dolan tries to move him but when

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you are in that position it is so difficult to shift him. He was there

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so much quicker than anybody else. A little readjustment... That is the

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difference between Josh Turnbull playing seven. He does not have the

:35:01.:35:05.

angles and he doesn't usually play there. It is the fourth position he

:35:06.:35:09.

has played this year. That is where the openside has the edge. They have

:35:10.:35:19.

got Rey Lee-Lo who is very good at winning turnovers. Very good in the

:35:20.:35:23.

contact area and again: he got his head over the ball and that was a

:35:24.:35:27.

big penalty for the Blues because if the Scarlets had come away with any

:35:28.:35:29.

points, it would be a long way back. A good pick-up from Wyn Jones. But

:35:30.:35:39.

there he is. He has been a brilliant signing for

:35:40.:35:55.

the Blues, ball in hand and very good defensively. Willis Halaholo is

:35:56.:36:02.

here tonight as well, he might feature before long. That is

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disappointing for the Blues, giving away a line-out position like that.

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Parkes could see the midfield defence up so he took it on and

:36:14.:36:18.

waited for the forwards to arrive. Just about the only time someone has

:36:19.:36:25.

not tried to force it. Steff Evans gets there first. That is one thing

:36:26.:36:31.

you are going to do, if you're going to pepper Matthew Morgan, he is a

:36:32.:36:35.

small guy and does not get up in the air very well. Actual slips the

:36:36.:36:42.

tackle that Parkes cannot gather -- Patchell. That could have been a

:36:43.:36:48.

bonus point time had that stuck. And looking at the Scarlets attack,

:36:49.:36:55.

Matthew Morgan depends on the wing. Nearly a half-break, outside of

:36:56.:37:01.

Shingler, tries the off-load and if the catch that, a good opportunity.

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But when Matthew Morgan, he goes up for it and it just gets on top of

:37:07.:37:11.

him, he defends last man so in the 22 if you are going to try to get

:37:12.:37:16.

the cross kick like they did earlier on, there will always be a try

:37:17.:37:21.

scoring opportunity. Half time between Ulster and Munster.

:37:22.:37:30.

After all the emotion that Munster went through last week... They have

:37:31.:37:39.

been penalised here. That is twice now. I think the referee is

:37:40.:37:43.

penalising them for not driving straight.

:37:44.:37:50.

It is just driving in at an angle. Very good kick from Shingler.

:37:51.:38:00.

You can see Kruger against Filise, Filise actually slipped and his knee

:38:01.:38:09.

touched the floor. It has a 50-50 call and it has gone with the home

:38:10.:38:11.

side. Very decent crowd at the Arms Park.

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That was a shambolic line-out, they will be happy to get that back. They

:38:26.:38:30.

lost the last one and that one almost went the same way. Cam Dolan

:38:31.:38:39.

drives on towards the 22. Lee-Lo back on the angle, Rhys Patchell was

:38:40.:38:49.

waiting for him. Turnbull. They have got an advantage here, Rhys Patchell

:38:50.:38:56.

not rolling away. Matthew Morgan up in the line but plenty of Scarlets

:38:57.:38:59.

defenders out there and back they come. Number ten, offside. I would

:39:00.:39:07.

like to see this again because it is very difficult for players in

:39:08.:39:16.

general. Interesting call not to take the three. He rolls away, he

:39:17.:39:24.

has rolled far away, it is nowhere near the ball, that is a tough call.

:39:25.:39:28.

He just got in the wake of the scrum-half. But he didn't realise

:39:29.:39:34.

that, getting up off the floor. And an interesting call, you still have

:39:35.:39:40.

to school two converted tries. And not the best kick. If you go for it

:39:41.:39:45.

you want to be on the fight metre line but driving line-out has been a

:39:46.:39:49.

real weapon for the Blues this year. -- five metre line. George Earle had

:39:50.:39:55.

his hand on the ball, Rhys Gill comes back to support him and now he

:39:56.:40:01.

has it. They have got to get shot of it now. Tomos Williams looks for Rey

:40:02.:40:06.

Lee-Lo but misses him out and this is Shingler. Short on the left-hand

:40:07.:40:10.

side. Tomos Williams directing the

:40:11.:40:27.

forwards. Filise. Earle in the again.

:40:28.:40:35.

Myhill was in the supporting. Right on the try line.

:40:36.:40:44.

Filise takes his time. Ryan Elias comes out to meet him. Myhill once

:40:45.:40:56.

again. The Blues need to come away from this with points. Turnbull to

:40:57.:41:05.

within a metre. Barclay get the important tackle in but it is there

:41:06.:41:10.

again for the Blues. A dozen phases they have gone through.

:41:11.:41:16.

Route one, straight through the middle. And held up. Definitely

:41:17.:41:26.

somebody under him. Both packs of forwards are giving it a go, they

:41:27.:41:32.

are very confident and think they can outmuscle the opposition, pick

:41:33.:41:33.

and drive, pick and drive. Seeing as there is an injury, we can

:41:34.:41:55.

hear the thoughts of Blues head coach Danny Wilson. Danny, plenty of

:41:56.:42:02.

passion from both teams, pressure from you at the moment. How do you

:42:03.:42:08.

get the Blues back into this at half-time? We are a bit

:42:09.:42:11.

trigger-happy and forcing the game will stop perhaps the past for the

:42:12.:42:15.

intercept and the ill do the Berlin earlier cost us. We need to find

:42:16.:42:22.

field position like we have and hold it not turn it into a loose game --

:42:23.:42:29.

ill discipline. We were talking before about the internationals

:42:30.:42:33.

being here but some of your players have really stepped up. So far it is

:42:34.:42:38.

a great game. We are on the wrong end of it at the moment but it has

:42:39.:42:42.

got a Derby feeling about it. It is just a bit loose for us and we have

:42:43.:42:45.

to be a bit structured and a bit better. Thank you.

:42:46.:42:52.

Seven minutes of a pulsating first half remaining. The Blues looking to

:42:53.:43:01.

get back within seven for a second time.

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Tom James has come into midfield between the two centres.

:43:09.:43:23.

Blaine Scully is hugging that touchline. Filise just having a

:43:24.:43:38.

breather. He is 39 now, just having a bit of arrest! Recharging the

:43:39.:43:44.

batteries for the scrum. -- a bit of a rest.

:43:45.:44:06.

This is it. The off-load, a good winger on the shoulder, easy finish.

:44:07.:44:23.

A couple of 14 pointers in this game, interceptions. Maybe a bit of

:44:24.:44:27.

a bicep problem for Filise. Seve scrum is the first thing the

:44:28.:44:52.

Blues will be looking for. -- steady scrum.

:44:53.:45:08.

This is a big scrum, a big moment in the game for both teams. Just before

:45:09.:45:15.

half-time, the Blues would love to get back in the game. Cam Dolan

:45:16.:45:23.

locking out that Blues scrum as they get the pressure on. Tomos Williams,

:45:24.:45:32.

short ball to Shingler. Boyde was bumped off it. Short. Great defence

:45:33.:45:42.

from Scarlets. Hang on... It was good defending, the crowd were

:45:43.:45:45.

celebrating but Dolan was forced back. Try, yes or no?

:45:46.:45:57.

Not messing about, is he? It looked like he was over, there was a huge

:45:58.:46:11.

gap. It is a good clear out. No, short. Never got the ball to ground.

:46:12.:46:20.

How did the Scarlets come away with it, that is what they are asking. He

:46:21.:46:27.

is short, it is a great tackle. That is brilliant defending. I think it

:46:28.:46:36.

is Bulbring and Will Boyde on this side.

:46:37.:46:41.

I have a decision for you. Blue scrum, blue going forward. I think

:46:42.:46:55.

he has got to look at that, it is not an advantage for the Scarlets,

:46:56.:46:58.

you have to see how the ball came at to see if it is play on because the

:46:59.:47:02.

whistle did not go until the ball went over the touchline. I think

:47:03.:47:08.

that is the wrong decision myself. At no point was the ball grounded.

:47:09.:47:13.

And how did it get to the touchline? If anything, unless somebody can

:47:14.:47:17.

correct me. Half-time approaching, the Blues

:47:18.:47:39.

need a score. And they have come as close as they could. They have got a

:47:40.:47:46.

penalty this time. Sang on... -- Hang on. There has been a little

:47:47.:47:53.

undercurrent of this, a couple of former players playing against each

:47:54.:48:00.

other. It is man bags. A lot of testosterone flying about. A hand in

:48:01.:48:16.

the face. Cardiff captain. Ryan Elias, the old classic hookup, could

:48:17.:48:24.

not defend himself. -- hooker. Somebody gave a dig, he said. Maybe

:48:25.:48:29.

worth a look at that. For a third time of asking. The

:48:30.:48:55.

Blues may be a bit fortunate still to be in this position.

:48:56.:49:21.

This is eating into the Blues time. The Scarlets have to try to hold out

:49:22.:49:31.

once more before they get back in that changing room.

:49:32.:49:41.

They are not going to move, are they? They have had a penalty, a

:49:42.:49:56.

free kick, the pressure is building on the Scarlets.

:49:57.:50:09.

Tom James and Matthew Morgan on the left-hand side for the Blues this

:50:10.:50:20.

time. It is all taking an age. And for a game that was really quick

:50:21.:50:26.

paced and lively, this one scrum is the antithesis of it. If you don't

:50:27.:50:31.

sort it out and get your space, no early bind, I will put you both in

:50:32.:50:34.

the bin and we will get somebody on who wants to scrum.

:50:35.:50:42.

Certainly clear enough, if they don't sort it out themselves, Lloyd

:50:43.:50:50.

Linton will get two replacements on. Filise might fancy a breather!

:50:51.:51:06.

Down they go again. Another Blues penalty. The crowd feeling something

:51:07.:51:21.

more should come of it now. It is the same again, they are not going

:51:22.:51:22.

to move. It went down on the far side on that

:51:23.:51:38.

occasion. Lloyd Linton steps over to look at Rhys Gill and Werner Kruger.

:51:39.:51:43.

The backs have been spectators for the last four minutes.

:51:44.:51:55.

Something has to be done. And that something is players being ejected.

:51:56.:52:08.

Taufa'ao Filise and Wyn Jones will finish the first half in the bin. It

:52:09.:52:19.

is frustrating for everyone. We have had a brilliant 35 minutes and then

:52:20.:52:29.

a scrum on the five metre line. Three minutes of it.

:52:30.:52:41.

Let's see what happens. It was Filise's knee that went to the

:52:42.:52:51.

ground first but the body positions before. Dylan Evans to come on for

:52:52.:53:03.

the Scarlets. Who is coming off? Cam Dolan has already come off for the

:53:04.:53:08.

Blues, making way for Dillon Lewis. I think John Barclay is off again.

:53:09.:53:19.

It is the two number eights who make way. He only played in the first

:53:20.:53:31.

game against Munster, the Australian-born prop. A bit of

:53:32.:53:34.

pressure on him now to be honest. Dillon Lewis is a very good prospect

:53:35.:53:47.

on the tight head. Ross Turnbull moves over to number

:53:48.:54:04.

eight, Blaine Scully comes in on the flank. This is now getting

:54:05.:54:16.

ridiculous. You each have a play in the bin, these scrum have to be

:54:17.:54:19.

completed, it is an absolute disgrace. If it continues I will put

:54:20.:54:22.

more in the bin. I think I said when the scrum went

:54:23.:54:35.

down, seven minutes of the first half remaining. One and a half now.

:54:36.:54:57.

Good scrum from the Blues. They are going to get a penalty out of it. He

:54:58.:55:09.

wants to play a penalty to get the ball out. Get away from the scrum.

:55:10.:55:20.

It was a penalty advantage. And now the decision will have to be made

:55:21.:55:23.

again because they will probably opt for the scrum again. The crowd are

:55:24.:55:34.

absolutely incensed that there is no yellow at the repeated

:55:35.:55:38.

infringements. It has got to be a scrum, they will not go for anything

:55:39.:55:39.

else. If the Blues don't get any points at

:55:40.:55:57.

the end of this, and there are only ten seconds before half-time, the

:55:58.:55:59.

place is going to go mad. Yes. There is the walk on from the Blues

:56:00.:56:18.

again will stop this time it goes out, Matthew Morgan on the outside,

:56:19.:56:23.

steps back inside. Held up. Over the line, he has not got it down. That

:56:24.:56:29.

is brilliant again. Will Boyde De Gendt says the Scarlets and they

:56:30.:56:33.

have managed to keep that try line intact -- again saves. The Blues

:56:34.:56:40.

fans are incensed there was no penalty try given but the Scarlets

:56:41.:56:47.

have hung on. A lot of drama in the last five minutes, very boring but a

:56:48.:56:52.

lot of drama. The Blues will be disappointed. A great performance by

:56:53.:56:58.

Ryan Elias and will Boyde in that first half. Incredible 35 minutes

:56:59.:57:03.

and an amazing last five. Josh Turnbull is with us. Frustrating end

:57:04.:57:09.

to the first half, how important could that be? Disappointing, the

:57:10.:57:16.

referee has not given as much. We are working as hard as we can,

:57:17.:57:21.

staying legal. We have got to have some reward at some point will stop

:57:22.:57:25.

we have not had the ball in this half. We have been parked in their

:57:26.:57:29.

five metre line. We have to have some reward at some point. A bit

:57:30.:57:33.

trigger-happy according to Danny Wilson, would you go with that?

:57:34.:57:40.

Definitely. We want an open game so we can create some space for our

:57:41.:57:43.

backs but we're not getting that. Thank you.

:57:44.:57:49.

What a start to the game. Absolutely breathtaking for the first 25

:57:50.:57:55.

minutes. Aaron Shingler struck for the Scarlets. And then a nimble

:57:56.:58:03.

off-load from Van der Merwe to Jonathan Evans but then the mistake,

:58:04.:58:07.

Tom James pouncing on a loose pass from Don Barclay to get the Blues

:58:08.:58:13.

back in it but then another interception -- John Barclay. DTH

:58:14.:58:20.

van der Merwe was on the outside. And after a series of collapsed

:58:21.:58:26.

scrums, Wyn Jones and Taufa'ao Filise went to the bin. Scholars

:58:27.:58:33.

have conceded eight penalties to four from the Blues but meat is made

:58:34.:58:39.

is telling, Scarlets with 282 with ball in hand compare to 119 eight --

:58:40.:58:48.

meat is made. A humdinger of a game but for that five minutes -- metres.

:58:49.:58:55.

Let's not focus on the scrum, let's focus on the first 25 minutes. We

:58:56.:59:00.

said before the game, without the internationals, it might lack

:59:01.:59:04.

intensity but far from it. And I think the crowd is bringing a lot to

:59:05.:59:07.

it, fantastic energy here at the Arms Park and credit to the Scarlets

:59:08.:59:12.

who came out on fire. They sniffed the possibility of an upset and

:59:13.:59:17.

caught the Blues napping. Ryan Elias has been fantastic and I have been

:59:18.:59:21.

on top in the loose. To back that up, because it is more less a full

:59:22.:59:25.

house it is bouncing and you feed off that as a player. It has been

:59:26.:59:30.

scrappy and not perfect rugby from a coaching point of view but

:59:31.:59:33.

high-intensity and brilliant to watch. We heard from the parents of

:59:34.:59:39.

the Shingler brothers pretending they were not supporting the

:59:40.:59:44.

Scarlets! But they would have been delighted with Aaron Shingler going

:59:45.:59:48.

over. And Wayne Pivac would have been delighted with how the

:59:49.:59:52.

executed. Look at the caries, nice step from Ryan Elias, but he falls

:59:53.:59:56.

out, presenting the ball on the outside to make it difficult for the

:59:57.:00:02.

man on the inside. Hadleigh Parkes fights to fall out and the principle

:00:03.:00:07.

is the same. The next carried is a forward this done, they latch on to

:00:08.:00:11.

Kruger and he falls outside, there is nobody nailed on to go for the

:00:12.:00:17.

ball. Shingler get into position and he is aiming for the outside as well

:00:18.:00:20.

and fights to get overcome a fantastic technical and world

:00:21.:00:24.

constructor try. From a Blues point of view they will be disappointed,

:00:25.:00:27.

Tomos Williams had to get over, a fantastic technical and world

:00:28.:00:30.

constructor try. From a Blues point of view they will be disappointed,

:00:31.:00:32.

Tomos Williams at Tim Aker two tackles at number design -- number

:00:33.:00:33.

nine. The Scarlets were underdogs, be

:00:34.:00:44.

honest, coming into this game. Within a few minutes they were over

:00:45.:00:47.

again, Jonathan Evans running a great supporting line for the try.

:00:48.:00:53.

Derbys, you need to quieten the crowd. Watch Van der Merwe. It is

:00:54.:01:00.

the separation between these first forward and defence. There is a

:01:01.:01:03.

large gap and he sniffs it. Scrum-half Williams is left short,

:01:04.:01:12.

the sniffs it, great support from the scrum-half, as you want from all

:01:13.:01:17.

scrum-halves, and again, an opportunist try, but superbly taken.

:01:18.:01:22.

He has made an impact after not getting a lot of game time at Bath.

:01:23.:01:27.

Scarlets like him, he is looking the real deal. Gareth Davies, obviously

:01:28.:01:35.

with the well scored, quality, quality players, and they have taken

:01:36.:01:40.

a chance on him, as we said at the top of the show, there's a chance

:01:41.:01:42.

for players who are not normally first choice to stick their hands,

:01:43.:01:47.

and he has definitely done that. The Blues got one back then the Scarlets

:01:48.:01:51.

got another back, both interceptions, should we applaud the

:01:52.:01:55.

attacking awareness or question defence? A bit of both. Just have a

:01:56.:02:01.

look at where Tom James comes from. They have turned the ball over, he

:02:02.:02:05.

tracks back, he could panic, but he reads it, he waits, and he takes his

:02:06.:02:15.

opportunity. He has come a long way and got his reward. This one, Van

:02:16.:02:19.

der Merwe needs to be applauded, he could easily rush up. He recognises

:02:20.:02:24.

where his full-back is, draws him up, does not panic. It read this the

:02:25.:02:32.

defensive line and it is no longer a massive overlap. I thought Thomas

:02:33.:02:35.

would go all the way but he knows he doesn't have the legs. He was

:02:36.:02:42.

outnumbered, he gambled, and the gamble paid off. A massive turning

:02:43.:02:48.

point in the game. You talked about the atmosphere, and apologies if you

:02:49.:02:52.

cannot hear us over the PA which is absolutely deafening, above us. But

:02:53.:02:56.

we do have exciting things to talk about. We talked at the start of the

:02:57.:03:01.

game about the Blues being the favourites, a stronger looking 23,

:03:02.:03:06.

the Scarlets having more big names on international duty. But when you

:03:07.:03:09.

consider their slow start and how they can out the blocks here, they

:03:10.:03:16.

only real upward curve. At home last year they were embarrassed by the

:03:17.:03:22.

Blues. I bet that was part of their team talk. We mentioned earlier,

:03:23.:03:26.

Elias, Boyde, youngsters who have really stepped up and been

:03:27.:03:31.

outstanding, carried it really well. For the first 20, 25 minutes, they

:03:32.:03:35.

took the game away from the Blues, it is a long way back for them now.

:03:36.:03:41.

Those two you mentioned, and to be honest, the bulk of the Scarlets

:03:42.:03:44.

pack, they have all put a shift in. They have carried well. The Blues

:03:45.:03:52.

will be disappointed in defence but they are winning the contacts. This

:03:53.:04:03.

one as well, Shingler is on the front foot. It is just really

:04:04.:04:08.

dynamic carrying. It is only two or three metres but as a backline

:04:09.:04:11.

scrum-half it makes so much difference. You cannot get

:04:12.:04:21.

complacent. You cannot allow that in a derby match. The Scarlets have

:04:22.:04:26.

started better and it is a long way back now for the Blues. We have seen

:04:27.:04:34.

some heroic defending, I'm thinking about the Bulbring tackle, and the

:04:35.:04:42.

one where it looks for all the world they had wriggled over, two saves

:04:43.:04:46.

when the Blues could have got back level. You talk about smash and

:04:47.:04:51.

grab, as coaches, but they have got a lead and they cannot sit back on

:04:52.:04:55.

this, they are going to have elements again and need to take the

:04:56.:04:59.

next chance. The home team will come and the crowd. So if they keep

:05:00.:05:04.

playing as they are they have got a chance. An exciting second half and

:05:05.:05:10.

prospect at Cardiff Arms Park. And else where Ulster versus a Munster,

:05:11.:05:14.

it kicked off half an hour earlier than ours, 14-5 is the half-time

:05:15.:05:23.

score, lovely kick by Jackson to set this up. The All Black they're

:05:24.:05:34.

making a massive impression. As he did for Wasps last season. They were

:05:35.:05:41.

so sorry to see him go. 14-5 at half-time in that one. Cracking game

:05:42.:05:46.

coming up tomorrow as well. The Ospreys take on the Dragons

:05:47.:05:50.

tomorrow in the second Welsh derby of the weekend. You can watch that

:05:51.:05:59.

one in full on S4 C. Sunday at 6pm we review the weekend action, and we

:06:00.:06:06.

catch up with Sam Davies who has set his sights on the famous number ten

:06:07.:06:11.

jersey. You cannot come in and think, third choice, and adjust rest

:06:12.:06:15.

and watch the other guys do the wraps. You need to try to get in,

:06:16.:06:19.

try to express yourself as much as possible. Well worth a watch,

:06:20.:06:30.

fantastic interview, really modest, humble, an ambitious young man.

:06:31.:06:36.

Somebody you know well. The Ospreys face the Dragons tomorrow. And there

:06:37.:06:45.

is a certain fly-half, Matavesi, because both are in the Wales camp.

:06:46.:06:51.

Did you expect a release? I think a training session as plan tomorrow so

:06:52.:06:54.

they don't want to risk too many players going into next week's huge

:06:55.:07:02.

huge game. It goes back to the point about, why are we having these games

:07:03.:07:08.

the week before? But he has played international rugby at ten, he

:07:09.:07:11.

should be OK. That is the featured game tomorrow. You look at the

:07:12.:07:16.

Ospreys team it is still very strong, Gareth Charles was in Lyon

:07:17.:07:20.

last weekend for Lyon versus Ospreys when Ospreys got their second bonus

:07:21.:07:24.

point victory of the European campaign, and there was one player

:07:25.:07:30.

who is playing tomorrow is an absolute superstar. Yes, Keane and

:07:31.:07:34.

Giles got three superb tries, very different tries. Starting at the 22,

:07:35.:07:40.

down the left-hand side, great finish on the right-hand side, the

:07:41.:07:43.

second one, absolutely fantastic footwork to beat the defender, and

:07:44.:07:48.

the speed to finish it off, and the third one, he took the ball from the

:07:49.:07:53.

Lyon scrum-half, at the Ospreys 22, run the length of the field and was

:07:54.:07:56.

action slowing down by the time he got to the 22, so showing all the

:07:57.:08:00.

attributes of a good winger, and not only that, he put in

:08:01.:08:15.

two try saving tackles as well, so even though he is traditional,

:08:16.:08:18.

everything to his game, he is only 18, there is no point trying to

:08:19.:08:21.

compare him to Shane or anyone else yet but he showed last week that he

:08:22.:08:24.

has got the potential. No point trying to compare him to shame but

:08:25.:08:27.

plenty already have. He was called into the Wales squad. Is it too

:08:28.:08:30.

premature to be talking about him as a starter or a squad player in this

:08:31.:08:33.

autumn? I don't think he is a squad player but he is not a starter yet.

:08:34.:08:36.

Alex Cuthbert is coming back, loads of experience. For me, perfect for

:08:37.:08:41.

Giles to keep playing games, get some game time under his belt, great

:08:42.:08:44.

with ball in hand, positioning, but it is another few levels,

:08:45.:08:48.

internationally. He will play for Wales in the future but just let him

:08:49.:08:51.

develop a regional level for the moment, me. Chill out, is the

:08:52.:09:00.

message. An exciting prospect and we will see how he gets on tomorrow.

:09:01.:09:04.

The second half has just kicked off, we return to Gareth Giles.

:09:05.:09:11.

The other Lloyd, Lloyd Linton, roundly booed when he came back onto

:09:12.:09:18.

the field. The Blues feel very hard done by at not being given a penalty

:09:19.:09:24.

try. After five reset scrums they have a point. And what a break now

:09:25.:09:28.

from Patchell. Want to go on his own, get the pass a way to Parkes,

:09:29.:09:34.

and it has taken Scarlets 36 seconds of the second half to get a bonus

:09:35.:09:44.

point. That is what they wanted. That was so, so simple. Brilliant

:09:45.:09:49.

play from this guy, Patchell. Spotted the gap, it was too big,

:09:50.:09:54.

through the dummy, and went. Just watch him here. Cuts back, and they

:09:55.:09:59.

just stand off. A missed tackle and he is away. So simple. There is the

:10:00.:10:08.

off-load. Well, what a start by the Scarlets in this second half. 40

:10:09.:10:16.

seconds, Troy, Hadley Parkes. They will be very, very disappointed with

:10:17.:10:20.

the defensive structure, there. He just strolled through very easily.

:10:21.:10:32.

Fluffed the kick. But he can afford a smile because it was his break

:10:33.:10:37.

that set up the try. What a homecoming for Patchell. Lovely

:10:38.:10:42.

break, did not panic, stepped beyond Morgan, lovely off-load, brilliant,

:10:43.:10:46.

brilliant play from Patchell. But the Blues have been very

:10:47.:10:50.

disappointing with their defensive performance. Patchell will be

:10:51.:10:53.

disappointed with the conversion. That should be over.

:10:54.:11:01.

That is a real blow for the Blues. After spending all that time camped

:11:02.:11:13.

on the Scarlet line, then conceding a try right at the beginning of the

:11:14.:11:18.

second. Salt in the wounds. They would have taken that disappointment

:11:19.:11:25.

into the half-time break and they have just been flat, coming back.

:11:26.:11:31.

Again, they have stolen a march on them, a very good states start.

:11:32.:11:44.

They were blown away by the Ospreys after starting promisingly last

:11:45.:12:00.

week. It could be five tries, maybe. Again, an opportunity missed by the

:12:01.:12:05.

Scarlets. Turnover ball. And the next thing it is a loose pass.

:12:06.:12:21.

Again, that is very loose. You can see it, Tom James, at sixes and

:12:22.:12:26.

sevens, the two wingers on the side defending. Josh Turnbull need to

:12:27.:12:33.

rally his troops now. They lead their ball carriers to pick and go.

:12:34.:12:43.

They need some big, big runs to get back into this game.

:12:44.:13:03.

Lee-Lo. Just dropped it. No pressure, or not too much pressure.

:13:04.:13:20.

A lot of mistakes from the Blues in this half. Just got stuck in his

:13:21.:13:25.

hands, Van der Merwe. I think he does well. He sees Van der Merwe

:13:26.:13:30.

coming in from the intercept, he holds the ball, then he is caught in

:13:31.:13:35.

two minds. They are winning the physical battle at the moment,

:13:36.:13:41.

Scarlets. This is a tactical change, I think. If you remember, he

:13:42.:13:47.

mentioned field position. Maybe this will add a left foot is kicking

:13:48.:13:50.

game, and they will play in the right areas. Because I don't think

:13:51.:13:56.

they are making the penetrative runs which are causing questions for the

:13:57.:13:59.

Scarlets defence. There is nobody breaking the line. So the kicking

:14:00.:14:04.

game might be the way forward for them.

:14:05.:14:27.

Boyde patrols well from a turning scrum. Parkes was on the flank.

:14:28.:14:46.

Keeps it alive. Shingler. I have to say, Evans is really struggling.

:14:47.:14:59.

Much better from the Blues. Going to the ground early and Josh Turnbull

:15:00.:15:03.

getting over the ball to win the penalty. That was all done with the

:15:04.:15:07.

tackle, the physicality. What about the scrum? Because they have got the

:15:08.:15:12.

upper hand, without doubt. I would go for the points. If they have got

:15:13.:15:17.

the ascendancy in the scrum, OK, but they don't look like scoring at the

:15:18.:15:21.

moment. So just keep the scoreboard ticking over, get into their half,

:15:22.:15:25.

another penalty, another penalty, they are back in the game. But at

:15:26.:15:29.

the moment they don't look at all threatening.

:15:30.:16:08.

Shingler successfully put over the penalty. The Blues get their first

:16:09.:16:12.

points of the second half. A Munster converted try in the game

:16:13.:16:28.

that kicked off earlier than this one here at Cardiff Arms Park. It

:16:29.:16:36.

has been such a tragic couple of weeks for Munster. This was -- is

:16:37.:16:48.

the first opportunity to add my condolences, I thought he was a

:16:49.:16:52.

great rugby man. And the other game being played, one of the games this

:16:53.:17:05.

evening, at Murrayfield, Zebre leading Edinburgh 12-0. That would

:17:06.:17:15.

be a shock. A big shock. As you would expect, Glasgow are racking up

:17:16.:17:21.

the points against Treviso. Edwards has been lively this evening. He has

:17:22.:17:26.

carried very well, been on the front foot. A good kick from Jonathan

:17:27.:17:36.

Evans. Shingler struggling to keep it in field. I thought he managed to

:17:37.:17:44.

get rid of that before being forced over. Played well tonight, I think.

:17:45.:18:02.

Shingler. The ball was touching his shin, wasn't it? All the bodies in

:18:03.:18:07.

the way, but the linesman was closer than all of us there. It is a good

:18:08.:18:14.

kick again from Jonathan Evans. He was under pressure, had to get the

:18:15.:18:18.

trajectory right, not have it charged down, and he gave his

:18:19.:18:23.

forwards every chance to get on it. The yellow carded players return. As

:18:24.:18:28.

do the two number eights. Cook with the tap down. Shingler.

:18:29.:18:53.

Thomas waits. Good return from the full-back. Shingler has a look

:18:54.:19:08.

downfield. Then decides to run. Tom James shakes of Van der Merwe. That

:19:09.:19:14.

is a good pass. Crunching tackle from Van der Merwe. That is a good

:19:15.:19:22.

fit. Great work after the contact. Still going, Van der Merwe. And

:19:23.:19:34.

still going after the whistle. The initial reaction, I think he was

:19:35.:19:38.

harshly done by. He made the tackle, got to his feet, made a nuisance of

:19:39.:19:47.

himself around the ruck area. Good kick. It's a great hit. Gets back to

:19:48.:20:01.

his feet, takes out the centre. That was close, wasn't it? Very close.

:20:02.:20:10.

Shrugged off Mike the winner, then the off-load. A good hit though.

:20:11.:20:21.

Good position for the Blues. Earle takes the line-out. Price has come

:20:22.:20:37.

through illegally. The crowd are incensed by the referee. He has come

:20:38.:20:47.

through the middle, number four. So it will be the same again. You have

:20:48.:20:52.

got to go through the middle, don't change your mind. Just watch the

:20:53.:21:03.

number four. It is very difficult from there, you just found himself

:21:04.:21:06.

coming through the gap, so easy to go through, he is penalised for

:21:07.:21:11.

changing his mind. And that is a waste, and there is Van der Merwe,

:21:12.:21:16.

against Tom James, James has got him. Great tackle. But Patchell

:21:17.:21:24.

scoops it up. Oh! The referee calls them back. It has been a great

:21:25.:21:29.

battle tonight between Van der Merwe and Tom James. They have both giving

:21:30.:21:33.

it everything, really pile through each other. There is the overthrow,

:21:34.:21:38.

a poor throw. He was never going to make it, Tom James had the legs on

:21:39.:21:47.

him. Where is the knock-on? Did he penalised Van der Merwe for when he

:21:48.:21:50.

hit the ground? Because I saw nothing wrong with what Patchell

:21:51.:21:53.

did, it was a brilliant piece of play. Well, poor Lloyd Linton. In

:21:54.:22:00.

every sense of the word. Allen. Brought down by Parkes.

:22:01.:22:28.

Williams. What down by Parkes. Turnbull juggles it into the hands

:22:29.:22:49.

of Shingler. Gill. Filise. Allen. Building toward that Scala 22. Going

:22:50.:22:54.

through the phases. As they have done on a few occasions. Penalty

:22:55.:23:04.

call. There were about a dozen before. You are better to comment on

:23:05.:23:08.

this but that was a very harsh penalty. Really harsh. I think it is

:23:09.:23:13.

Evans who made the tackle. You have got to have the opportunity to roll

:23:14.:23:19.

away. He tried his best to get to his feet, unfortunately the referee

:23:20.:23:23.

went for the whistle too early. Just watch. He has gone low. He is trying

:23:24.:23:30.

to get out, look. For me, that is never a penalty. You should never

:23:31.:23:34.

penalised Evans. Barkley got over the ball, if anything it was a

:23:35.:23:39.

penalty for Scarlets. I am not even sure who he penalised. John Barclay?

:23:40.:23:52.

It will be interesting to see who they take off now with Davis coming

:23:53.:23:58.

on. Boyde has done exceptional. The back row has played exceptionally

:23:59.:24:03.

well. Yes, as a unit the skull is back row has done really well. Davis

:24:04.:24:10.

is not quite stripped of yet. Rollins for Price is the first

:24:11.:24:11.

change. The Blues and Danny Wilson have a of

:24:12.:24:33.

doing this, they seem to be dead and buried last year, there is a long

:24:34.:24:40.

way to go in this game yet. Could drive from the Blues. Into the

:24:41.:24:49.

Scarlets 22 through the middle, he has got it. They have held it up and

:24:50.:24:56.

they have one of the scrum. Brilliant work from Boyde. I would

:24:57.:25:08.

not be happy if I was taken off. Munster have gone ahead after

:25:09.:25:11.

trailing for all of the game. Less than five to go there.

:25:12.:25:20.

Look at him. Screaming and shouting. I am all clear. That is not going to

:25:21.:25:30.

ground, is it? He made absolutely sure with the referee first of all.

:25:31.:25:34.

Because you are not quite sure which way any decision is going to go

:25:35.:25:39.

tonight. That is a problem when you are a player. You just want

:25:40.:25:44.

consistency. And a bit of confidence in the referee. I don't think that

:25:45.:25:47.

has happened tonight. And that is being polite. Fish. A first chance

:25:48.:26:01.

to run. Boyde is up there with the tackle. They are counter rucking so

:26:02.:26:11.

much better than the Blues. That lack of an openside is killing them.

:26:12.:26:22.

Turned over illegally. And it is yellow. That is going to be the

:26:23.:26:29.

biggest cheer of the night. One of the Scala players, this time Boyde,

:26:30.:26:33.

sees yellow. It is the right decision but he was very unlucky. He

:26:34.:26:39.

went to ground, didn't he? You have only a split second and it is so

:26:40.:26:43.

difficult when you are an openside, when you have your hands on the ball

:26:44.:26:46.

it is so difficult to release it, I think it is just the accumulation of

:26:47.:26:50.

penalties, and he has picked Boyde to get the car. He has got to really

:26:51.:26:58.

stay in that, you are never going to win that penalty. Once he hits the

:26:59.:27:03.

floor he has got to just throw it away. He will be arguing that one

:27:04.:27:10.

all night long, that one. This is a chance for the Blues now to get back

:27:11.:27:20.

into it. That is OK. Yes, he stood off, didn't he? Scully. Williams.

:27:21.:27:30.

Tom James screaming for the long pass to the outside but it is behind

:27:31.:27:35.

him. Thomas, he needed to put that tackle in. Cook chips it onto Earle.

:27:36.:27:45.

Good hit. Good defence. Rawlins, great hit. Alt to Stephen Shingler,

:27:46.:27:59.

not as he intended, but Patchell is the one who is back there. He brings

:28:00.:28:05.

it back out. Like a bagatelle, bouncing off everything. Blue, red,

:28:06.:28:14.

or the referee, for that matter. In the end Parkes calms things down for

:28:15.:28:18.

the Scarlets, and puts the ball into the crowd. A great kick. As an old

:28:19.:28:26.

forward you see so many of those kicks stay in play when they are

:28:27.:28:30.

under pressure and you just need to get it out of the park and reset. An

:28:31.:28:39.

opportunity, but he was well marshalled, wasn't he? And it wasn't

:28:40.:28:48.

clear what Patchell, if it came of Shingler, or Evans, it would be a 22

:28:49.:28:56.

restart, or a scrum five. Davies is on for the Blues, for Earle. Scully

:28:57.:28:58.

again. Wave after wave of Blues attacks

:28:59.:29:06.

now. Scarlets, a man short. Gill. Lost it. It is Jones who took

:29:07.:29:29.

it off him. Candy from a baby, that was. Shingler puts the kitchen.

:29:30.:29:36.

Thomas gives it chase. Fish looks over his shoulder. Keeps his calm.

:29:37.:29:45.

Well played. But Evans hunts him down. The Scarlets do have

:29:46.:29:50.

possession. Hughes. Runs into a couple of Blues

:29:51.:30:07.

defenders. Back in the pocket is Patchell. A long range one, he

:30:08.:30:15.

scuffs it. It was charged down. Fish. Flicked on by Allen to Tom

:30:16.:30:18.

James. Apart from that one scrum of seven

:30:19.:30:36.

minutes, it has been played at a rare old rate. Taken by Hadleigh

:30:37.:30:42.

Parkes. John Barclay keeps the defence

:30:43.:31:03.

honest. Good pass. This is where Rhys Patchell has to manage it. They

:31:04.:31:08.

are a man short, he has got to turn them and put them in the corners or

:31:09.:31:13.

the 22 and that will eat up three or four minutes because they will get

:31:14.:31:19.

the line-out. You have to manage the game when you are a man short. And

:31:20.:31:23.

again, they have not looked penetrative. The Blues with ball in

:31:24.:31:30.

hand. They have an extra man and still don't look threatening. You

:31:31.:31:33.

have got to soak up the pressure until your man comes back on. Table

:31:34.:31:38.

toppers ulster have lost at the death to Munster. Great win for

:31:39.:31:45.

Munster. It has been an incredibly tough couple of weeks for them and

:31:46.:31:51.

they have had two brilliant wins. Changes galore.

:31:52.:31:59.

And while all that is going on, Sean, what has taken your eye? Two

:32:00.:32:10.

bits of execution lacking. Three players waiting, it is much too deep

:32:11.:32:14.

and it is meat and drink for Aled Thomas. They get close to the line

:32:15.:32:19.

and get the line-out and it goes through the hands of Josh Turnbull

:32:20.:32:23.

and Danny Wilson will be thumping the desk!

:32:24.:32:28.

Two new props in the Blues front row.

:32:29.:32:35.

Jarrod Evans comes on with Steven Shingler moving out to midfield.

:32:36.:32:54.

Aled Davies and James Davis are the Scarlets replacements. -- James

:32:55.:33:03.

Davies. Evans to Shingler, Lee-Lo cuts back,

:33:04.:33:19.

into the final quarter of the game. 16 points the difference, three

:33:20.:33:24.

scores. Wyn Jones has put himself about as well. Lovely grubber kick

:33:25.:33:30.

from Shingler, kept in by Turnbull and Aled Thomas had nowhere to go.

:33:31.:33:36.

There was not much he could do. It was very good from Turnbull. It was

:33:37.:33:42.

a beautifully weighted kick from Shingler. That is what we were

:33:43.:33:48.

saying Rhys Patchell should have been doing. It was good skill from

:33:49.:33:55.

Josh Turnbull, not sure if he is left footed but that was a good

:33:56.:33:59.

nudge. Four minutes left on the sin-bin for Will Boyde. But the

:34:00.:34:06.

Blues line-out again is not functioning.

:34:07.:34:26.

Scully, with expecting to chase rather than get the ball. -- was

:34:27.:34:39.

expecting. They have smashed them in the tackle area tonight. And they

:34:40.:34:44.

have counter really well. Spoiling the Blues ball -- counter rucked. A

:34:45.:34:55.

penalty coming for the Blues. I think it was Wyn Jones tackling

:34:56.:35:00.

Shingler without the ball. That was forward. They will come back for the

:35:01.:35:12.

Blues penalty. I think I would kick this. They have got to score three

:35:13.:35:17.

times Lennie Waite soap kick it. -- three times anyway so kick it. If I

:35:18.:35:27.

was a coach, I would not mind that, maybe not put him on the floor but

:35:28.:35:33.

don't allow him to sneak through. And again, why don't they take the

:35:34.:35:38.

three points? They have do score two converted tries and something else.

:35:39.:35:43.

Take the penalty and then go for the tries. This certainly hasn't worked

:35:44.:35:48.

so far. And they have lost the last couple of line-outs. The Scarlets

:35:49.:35:58.

will put a bit of pressure on. This time it is taken by Seb Davies.

:35:59.:36:14.

Macauley Cook is in charge. He has got his hands on it again. It is

:36:15.:36:22.

Bulbring. They have slowed everything down. And done it again.

:36:23.:36:29.

They are not clearing out at all. If you have hands on the ball, you have

:36:30.:36:36.

got to go in with your feet and ruck the ball out. Get on his fingers and

:36:37.:36:40.

he would do it again. It is one of the rules that needs to be looked

:36:41.:36:45.

at, Bulbring does not have to release because it is all was it

:36:46.:36:49.

just kills the game. He has come through the middle. -- because it

:36:50.:37:00.

was an maul. Matthew Rees is on for the Blues.

:37:01.:37:16.

They will go for it in the scrum and out with Matthew Rees on. They will

:37:17.:37:24.

definitely go for this and the referee will be itching to go under

:37:25.:37:28.

the sticks! He wasn't in the first half! The crowd have got on his back

:37:29.:37:31.

now. It is the Scarlets who did the upper

:37:32.:37:47.

hand but no, says the referee. I have got to be honest, I thought the

:37:48.:37:51.

Scarlets were going forward. I've got no idea what is going on.

:37:52.:37:57.

Binding apparently. We could not see it on our side. Binding on the body.

:37:58.:38:09.

Lloyd Williams was in the way. It is Hadleigh Parkes, mind! It is a

:38:10.:38:16.

centre! What are the odds on a penalty try here? As I say, he is

:38:17.:38:24.

itching to get under the posts. The Scarlets had gone with seven in the

:38:25.:38:26.

pack as well. -- have gone. I might have gone something

:38:27.:38:39.

different. You know what they are going to do. The ball has come out.

:38:40.:38:46.

Jarrod Evans floated over the top, it bounces into the hands of Scully

:38:47.:38:48.

and a great finish! Great Philip -- great finish from Blaine Scully.

:38:49.:39:02.

It was American football style. Any reason why I cannot award the try?

:39:03.:39:13.

It was a lovely pass. Aled Thomas has sold himself. Great try. And it

:39:14.:39:35.

was a no arms tackle anyway from Steff Hughes. What him come across,

:39:36.:39:44.

he just throws his shoulder in. It should be a penalty try if it is not

:39:45.:39:46.

a try. Great finish. It looks like he has grounded the

:39:47.:40:08.

ball. You may award the try. He took the touchline out of the

:40:09.:40:27.

equation. The corner flag now is not touch.

:40:28.:40:37.

The conversion is drawn and it is an 11 point game with a quarter of an

:40:38.:40:48.

hour to go. Danny Wilson joined us. You are back in it than 11 points in

:40:49.:40:55.

15 minutes. Yes, obviously disappointed with the huge amount of

:40:56.:40:59.

pressure from is, I think it is 12 penalties that have gone our way and

:41:00.:41:03.

we have not got enough points from it but that was a good try to get us

:41:04.:41:09.

back in and let the how we go. How is the extension going? Great

:41:10.:41:18.

thanks! What are the tactics now? We have got Ray on to try to find a bit

:41:19.:41:22.

more of an edge. But we are putting on a lot of pressure, just not

:41:23.:41:30.

getting anything from it. That pressure has to be turned into

:41:31.:41:36.

points. James Davies will be absolutely fuming with this. He has

:41:37.:41:39.

made the tackle, got to his feet, won the ball cleanly. 16 penalties

:41:40.:41:53.

to for now. -- to four. What a turnaround from Edinburgh, leading

:41:54.:41:58.

now. Here we go. He takes him down, he is up, he has released Andy is

:41:59.:42:08.

over the ball. I tell you what... -- and he is over. He must feel very

:42:09.:42:12.

hard done by. He must be wondering what is the point if you don't allow

:42:13.:42:20.

that. Great pass Jarrod Evans! And Shingler, a wall of Kroos surround

:42:21.:42:26.

him but here comes the cavalry. There is nothing wrong with that --

:42:27.:42:35.

a wall of red. A couple of thousand fans don't agree. You have just got

:42:36.:42:43.

to play the referee. You have to take your hat off. He has just been

:42:44.:42:48.

penalised at the other end. Interesting to see this again

:42:49.:42:52.

because it happened so quickly. Great line by Shingler.

:42:53.:43:01.

James Davies, was it a ruck? Just in front, about a yard in front, one of

:43:02.:43:12.

the Blues players had connected with a Scarlets man but in fairness you

:43:13.:43:16.

could say it was justice because he should never have been penalised.

:43:17.:43:26.

Rhys Patchell has had some attention and he is departing and Dan Jones

:43:27.:43:31.

comes on to take his place. The nerves are jangling around the

:43:32.:43:32.

ground. Steven Shingler getting more into

:43:33.:43:41.

the game now from that 12 position. He has been very good tonight,

:43:42.:43:59.

Elias. Nasty bouncing one for Hadleigh Parkes. Into the hands of

:44:00.:44:05.

Dan Fish. They are going to throw everything at the Scarlets now,

:44:06.:44:10.

absolutely everything. Lee-Lo is not held. Parkes strips it. It is chaos

:44:11.:44:20.

out there! Everything is happening, helter-skelter rugby. But incredibly

:44:21.:44:30.

exciting. Jarrod Evans, Fish, it is on again. Macauley Cook. James

:44:31.:44:38.

Davies again looking for the jackal but driven off it this time. They

:44:39.:44:47.

have definitely gone more direct now, the Blues. This is what they

:44:48.:44:50.

had to do earlier. I thought that was the other way

:44:51.:45:06.

around! He is having a shocker. I don't like to say it but he is

:45:07.:45:12.

having a shocker. He has got to go to the TMO. This is just crazy,

:45:13.:45:23.

absolutely crazy. Stephen Jones is going absolutely nuts. And that

:45:24.:45:30.

could be a call that changes the course of the game. Let's have a

:45:31.:45:35.

look on the replay. I thought it was Aaron Shingler who got tackled by

:45:36.:45:40.

his brother. He has missed it! Oh! It is all happening. Stephen Jones!

:45:41.:45:54.

He doesn't lose his rag very often. He gets his foot to it. What a

:45:55.:46:03.

tackle that is! He just got a yellow card for that! That is one of the

:46:04.:46:07.

most ridiculous decisions you will ever see. He needs to blow up and go

:46:08.:46:13.

and have a shower. I hope he has got his spikes on! The penalty count is

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17-4 to the Scarlets. There should be a penalty try in the first half

:46:21.:46:24.

for the Blues but the second-half penalties have been as bad. -- just

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as bad. We are inside the final ten minutes. And an injury, Dan Fish is

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not looking good. The Scarlets have been hanging on in this last period.

:46:42.:46:48.

I think they need attention to Dan Fish, I think it is a serious

:46:49.:46:49.

injury. Zebre have scored a try. That would

:46:50.:47:27.

be one heck of a win for them and they have converted it as well and

:47:28.:47:32.

it is 19-14. He has gone for a walk to calm down! He has got his

:47:33.:47:39.

Shinglers mixed up. That is brotherly love! Can you imagine it?

:47:40.:47:47.

I got the wrong brother. One was in red and the other was in blue! That

:47:48.:47:50.

will be interesting over tea-time. The stretcher is coming on for Dan

:47:51.:48:06.

Fish. The Blues have looked far more threatening with a direct approach.

:48:07.:48:10.

They have taken it up and Jarrod Evans has taken the ball will stop

:48:11.:48:17.

they are going wide. Shingler has looks very effective at 12. It is

:48:18.:48:30.

his left foot, it gets caught. It gets stuck underneath. Irrespective

:48:31.:48:38.

of a fast game and everything, I am still not convinced by this surface.

:48:39.:48:44.

As an ex-player, may be commercially or the speed of the game but for the

:48:45.:48:53.

players I'm still not convinced. I would not like to play on it myself.

:48:54.:48:59.

I agree. It is obviously more expensive, the 50-50, but that is

:49:00.:49:07.

the ideal servers. The bad news for the Blues is that Dan Fish is going

:49:08.:49:15.

to be replaced by a second row in young Shane Lewis-Hughes. 19 last

:49:16.:49:22.

month. Making his league debut, the academy player. Interesting to see,

:49:23.:49:28.

I think Cam Dolan will go onto the right wing. Two changes in the

:49:29.:49:38.

Scarlets front row while all that happened. Emyr Phillips is back.

:49:39.:49:57.

James Davies, the Scarlets will be happy to keep ball in hand and stay

:49:58.:50:04.

downfield as long as they can and use up time. Great pass and a great

:50:05.:50:11.

run. Well timed run by Hadleigh Parkes. It was a good tackle because

:50:12.:50:21.

it was difficult to read. Rawlins, the Scarlets picking up the pace

:50:22.:50:23.

again. Spilled by Edwards. That is a rare occurrence, an away

:50:24.:50:45.

win for an Italian team. Zebre winning 19-14 at Edinburgh. Have

:50:46.:50:50.

they ever won away from home? Yes, they have won here. Long may it

:50:51.:50:54.

continue because let's be honest, they have not done much else over

:50:55.:50:55.

the last few years. Seven minutes remaining. Just under

:50:56.:51:16.

seven on the sin-binning that should never have been. You imagine the

:51:17.:51:23.

Scarlets will go left. They have Cam Dolan on that right wing.

:51:24.:51:53.

Good first up defence again from the Scarlets, keeping the Blues just

:51:54.:52:07.

outside their 22. They have varied their defence, spotted and rushed

:52:08.:52:10.

out of the line and filled in behind. Rey Lee-Lo this is Cam Dolan

:52:11.:52:18.

on the right wing. The third man is sprinting up all

:52:19.:52:33.

the time. And on the flip side, the Blues come we mentioned Nick

:52:34.:52:36.

Williams, they have not had a go to man to get over the gain line. The

:52:37.:52:41.

Scarlets have had Elias and Will Boyde carrying.

:52:42.:53:00.

It is hard work for the Blues to get away from their own 22. Jarrod Evans

:53:01.:53:13.

with the stab over the top and Aled Thomas on the volley, that is

:53:14.:53:16.

beautifully done, superbly done by Aled Thomas.

:53:17.:53:18.

Great presence of mind. And perfectly executed.

:53:19.:53:35.

They need a score quickly. Well played by Van der Merwe to stay. The

:53:36.:54:12.

touchline was very close when he came back down. Emyr Phillips

:54:13.:54:24.

carries. Dan Jones just looking for the corner and touched by Tom James

:54:25.:54:30.

and the Scarlets will get the line-out as well. It was well played

:54:31.:54:36.

by Dan Jones, Tom James had to go with it. It was what we mentioned

:54:37.:54:39.

earlier with Rhys Patchell, put it in the corners and make the Blues go

:54:40.:54:48.

90 metres. The Scarlets were going nowhere. A good nudge by Dan Jones.

:54:49.:55:12.

Jonathan, the man of the match is your decision. Will Boyde has played

:55:13.:55:20.

well, Aaron Shingler has been good and so had DTH van der Merwe, they

:55:21.:55:23.

have all been outstanding but for me, leading from the front, Ryan

:55:24.:55:28.

Elias has been brilliant. He has carried the ball especially well,

:55:29.:55:33.

the line-outs have been not too bad under intense pressure. He has had a

:55:34.:55:35.

very impressive game. The young Scarlets Caulker taking

:55:36.:55:47.

the place of skipper Ken Owens who is on international duty -- Scarlets

:55:48.:55:55.

hooker. As the Scarlets near the victory. The Blues did the double

:55:56.:55:59.

over them last year and they want to get their own back tonight. They are

:56:00.:56:04.

on the verge of doing so. I think they have outmuscled them tonight,

:56:05.:56:09.

defensively more than offensively. And they seem to have more energy.

:56:10.:56:15.

On that gain line they have scrapped for everything and made the break

:56:16.:56:19.

down a real mess and the Blues have struggled on the front foot. They

:56:20.:56:23.

will not be happy but we have to mentioned it is Gethin Jenkins

:56:24.:56:25.

testimonial this year. Hadleigh Parkes bonus point try came

:56:26.:56:37.

within a minute of the restart and that is the last time the Scarlets

:56:38.:56:41.

scored. The Blues have been on top generally since then but have not

:56:42.:56:48.

managed to turn it into points. Or submission points.

:56:49.:56:58.

Steff Evans sticks with him all the way. Cam Dolan set up to Lloyd

:56:59.:57:14.

Williams. Still only at the 22. The counter rucking has slowed it down.

:57:15.:57:24.

78 minutes gone, I don't think you kick it away. Lovely pass out the

:57:25.:57:31.

back door again from Van der Merwe. He has been full of tricks this

:57:32.:57:43.

evening. He has had a great game. You have got to remember, the

:57:44.:57:51.

Scarlets are down to 14 men as well. He will be happy. Cardiff boy but at

:57:52.:57:59.

happy return for him. Cardiff boy through and through.

:58:00.:58:06.

Ioan Nicolas is on, number 23. He is Nigel Owens's nephew. He had all the

:58:07.:58:23.

footballing genes in the family! 18-year-old. He has great potential.

:58:24.:58:29.

I have been talking to Stephen Jones and this kid has a great future in

:58:30.:58:35.

front of him they are saying. Only his second appearance. Aled Davies

:58:36.:58:40.

tries to run down the clock. It is a mirror image as far as

:58:41.:58:56.

results go for these two. The Blues set off with four wins in a row but

:58:57.:59:01.

now three defeats. The Scarlets started with three defeats and this

:59:02.:59:05.

will be their fourth win in a row. They have got to go for goal. What

:59:06.:59:15.

is the referee doing now? They think they can run the clock down from

:59:16.:59:19.

this. It is immaterial anyway. They need to score more than one try. I

:59:20.:59:23.

would have taken the penalty. The Blues have started very well. It

:59:24.:59:36.

has been an under par performance from them and the Scarlets have come

:59:37.:59:40.

and outmuscled them and deserve this result.

:59:41.:59:55.

The Scarlets waiting for the clock to turn red. Hadleigh Parkes have

:59:56.:00:03.

lead by example again. He has put in another good shift for the visitors.

:00:04.:00:05.

Aled Davies can put it out if he Will Boyde having one more to make

:00:06.:00:10.

sure. And it is Jones who kills the game

:00:11.:00:23.

and gives the Scarlets revenge for last season. It is the away

:00:24.:00:27.

supporters who are celebrating, not just the win, but a bonus point win,

:00:28.:00:33.

against the Blues. It is the Blues who are empty-handed at the end of

:00:34.:00:38.

this one. An incredible game. Everything happening, all kinds of

:00:39.:00:43.

decisions, all kinds of talking points. But the one big talking

:00:44.:00:47.

point at the end that everybody is certain of is that Scarlets are the

:00:48.:00:54.

winners by 26-15. There was a lot of mistakes and turnovers and

:00:55.:00:58.

interceptions, and the Scarlets coaching staff will be happy, maybe

:00:59.:01:04.

not with the referee, but they were slightly loose, and very lateral.

:01:05.:01:11.

The Blues did not have the penetrative ball-carriers they have

:01:12.:01:15.

had all year, to go out wide. They will have been disappointed with

:01:16.:01:21.

that performance. A poor loss for the Blues, disappointing. Delight

:01:22.:01:25.

for the Scarlets, a bonus point win, 26-15. The man of the match is with

:01:26.:01:32.

Catherine. He is indeed. You can present him

:01:33.:01:36.

with the man of the match award. Congratulations, Ryan. That game had

:01:37.:01:45.

a bit of everything, didn't it? A few tries, high tempo, and a bit of

:01:46.:01:49.

controversy. When we previewed the game we knew it would be really

:01:50.:01:54.

tough. The last time we played them at home they had the scalp, they

:01:55.:01:58.

came at us physically. We knew it would be really tough up front. It

:01:59.:02:03.

was a tough game. So really rewarding to come out with a bonus

:02:04.:02:08.

point win. What was the difference between the teams? Because you came

:02:09.:02:13.

out firing from the start. I am not so sure. A law of the boys, we all

:02:14.:02:18.

stepped up today. The young boys coming up. So it was a team effort.

:02:19.:02:23.

We are happy to get the win. I will let you go and celebrate with the

:02:24.:02:25.

team. Thank you. What a fantastic game. Tries galore

:02:26.:02:42.

in the first half. Then 37 seconds into the second half of this bit of

:02:43.:02:50.

magic from Patchell. You will not see a better finish than this one.

:02:51.:02:56.

Scully, the American, with a gridiron finish. What a finish. It

:02:57.:03:01.

set up a grandstand finish to the game but Scarlets clung on for

:03:02.:03:05.

victory, and it is a really important one, they overtake the

:03:06.:03:10.

Blues in the table, level on points, 18 a piece. They go into sixth place

:03:11.:03:15.

of higher points difference. What a result away from home. Have a look

:03:16.:03:25.

who has joined us. Mr Parkes, the victorious captain. Many

:03:26.:03:29.

congratulations. What a result, away from home, with a depleted squad,

:03:30.:03:36.

you have a bonus point victory. How does it feel? Outstanding, after

:03:37.:03:41.

they dusted up twice last year. We defended really well. The boys got

:03:42.:03:45.

stuck in and we scored some good tries, which was pleasing. One of

:03:46.:03:50.

them by your good self. But what a bit of work ahead of it, by

:03:51.:03:55.

Patchell. Yes, he was really looking forward to it so I am pleased for

:03:56.:03:59.

him. To come here and put in a good performance you will be really happy

:04:00.:04:04.

with that. It was a great result for us, and it came straight after

:04:05.:04:07.

half-time is well. I don't know what you remember of it because it

:04:08.:04:11.

happened so fast, but talk is through it. Just like any good

:04:12.:04:15.

centre you have got to get up and support. It was the easy part, for

:04:16.:04:23.

me. Rees did all the hard work. What a modest Kiwi. You Kiwis are all

:04:24.:04:29.

modest. The penalty count was remarkably 17-6 against the

:04:30.:04:34.

Scarlets. I'm sure you will say, totally unjust. But have you ever

:04:35.:04:38.

been on the winning side, with that many penalties against you? I can

:04:39.:04:42.

actually recall, but I don't know what goes on in the scrums, to be

:04:43.:04:49.

honest. If I stick my head in there I get a little bit more than what I

:04:50.:04:54.

want. He is being very PC. That's beyond this, the referee had a

:04:55.:04:59.

shocker. I don't know what goes on in there so I cannot comment.

:05:00.:05:04.

Myhill, I know you were impressed by the younger Scarlets who stepped up.

:05:05.:05:09.

Yes, the Blues last year really did a job physically on them, and I

:05:10.:05:16.

thought in the contact area tonight, Boyde, Elias, they really dominated

:05:17.:05:21.

the contact area, spoiled so much for the Blues. And when they had the

:05:22.:05:25.

ball as well I thought the young kids were outstanding. Impressive?

:05:26.:05:31.

Yes, especially Elias who has a great opportunity this year. He is

:05:32.:05:36.

battling for the second position, and Ryan had a great game tonight. A

:05:37.:05:42.

couple of young boys, and the guys coming back from injury who had not

:05:43.:05:44.

played for us this year, it was good they got an opportunity, and they

:05:45.:05:48.

really took it, it was good. It is great to see you as always. The

:05:49.:05:55.

winning captain there. Myhill mentioned the breakdown, real

:05:56.:05:58.

superiority by the end of the game. I guess you could argue that the

:05:59.:06:03.

Blues were under the cosh. Maybe, Josh Turnbull had a good first half

:06:04.:06:06.

but they were just not at the contest all night. Around that

:06:07.:06:13.

defensive breakdown they were insatiable. When James Davies came

:06:14.:06:17.

on and they went top notch again. Some crucial turnovers and unlucky

:06:18.:06:21.

not to get a few more. He tracked back on this one and got to his feet

:06:22.:06:26.

because he was the tackler. That was a crucial moment, a great break.

:06:27.:06:30.

This is another turnover, they are looking to come through the ruck,

:06:31.:06:34.

look how many are flooding through. A little bit slow and high. It was

:06:35.:06:39.

the story of the night. We make too much of not having a seven.

:06:40.:06:51.

But the centre, Parkes, Van der Merwe, is a winger he attacks

:06:52.:06:56.

contact areas, but as a team they were generally hungry and more

:06:57.:07:00.

efficient in contact area. That was reflected in the penalty count.

:07:01.:07:07.

Sometimes when you are at it at that contest a lot more you give a few

:07:08.:07:10.

more penalties away and the Blues did not take the opportunities they

:07:11.:07:22.

had. The first half was a bit of Ada -- Ada Barco. Ultimately the

:07:23.:07:26.

Scarlets won by more than a clear score, but how aggrieved should

:07:27.:07:29.

Blues be that it wasn't a penalty. Very aggrieved. Danny Wilson will

:07:30.:07:32.

mention it when he gets interviewed late on. It could have been 21-14

:07:33.:07:38.

can be to 21-7. It is a big difference. And when you think this

:07:39.:07:41.

callous god straight after half-time, all the momentum could

:07:42.:07:44.

have changed if you gave a penalty try, which I think you should have,

:07:45.:07:52.

at the end of the day, there was a fantastic crowd here they did not

:07:53.:07:54.

come for seven minutes of research scrums. He has got to make a

:07:55.:07:57.

decision earlier. I tell you what they have come for. Finishes like

:07:58.:08:00.

this. Have a look at this Scully try again. This is amazing. For those at

:08:01.:08:03.

home who do not understand that the law, the winger owns the corner

:08:04.:08:07.

flag. It is a lovely floated pass. He gets in the for a reason. He

:08:08.:08:13.

practices. He gets the ball down with both legs in the area, which

:08:14.:08:17.

hits the corner flag, but it is his, he is not in touch, a fantastic

:08:18.:08:24.

finish. And chants of USA, USA. Like the Ryder Cup. He is a bit of a cult

:08:25.:08:29.

hero already. A wonderful finish. Put aside the disciplinary issues

:08:30.:08:33.

and the fact that some of those refereeing decisions were

:08:34.:08:36.

questionable, not least the Shingler yellow card, put it to one side,

:08:37.:08:40.

what a game. We were talking before we came on, that is the third Welsh

:08:41.:08:44.

derby this year and they have all been fantastic. Another one

:08:45.:08:49.

tomorrow. Nobody can have any qualms. Added to by the crowd

:08:50.:08:53.

tonight. Fantastic. When I turned up I had shivers. It reminded me of

:08:54.:08:57.

derbies when I was coaching. It is what the players and the coaches

:08:58.:09:01.

want. I am sure the fans, despite the defeat, have lost touch. Thank

:09:02.:09:07.

you, and the boys of the commentary box, it has been a superb Welsh

:09:08.:09:11.

derby tonight, congratulations for Scarlets, revenge for last season.

:09:12.:09:13.

See you tomorrow.

:09:14.:09:19.

Ross Harries presents coverage of Cardiff Blues v Scarlets from the Arms Park. Studio guests include former Wales internationals Jonathan Davies, Martyn Williams and former Ospreys coach Sean Holley.


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