Scarlets v Ulster Scrum V


Scarlets v Ulster

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For the Scarlets, this season has been a numbers game. They celebrated

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the start of 2017 by returning to the top four. It has been a

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remarkable recovery for a side that lost its first three in a row. Since

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then, it has been win, win after win. With one exception. That defeat

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aside, they have won eight their last nine. But the challenge only

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get tougher from here on in. To mites opponents are hot on their

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heels. This match is the proverbial ten pointer. We are into the second

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half of the regular season and those with title ambitions cannot afford

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to slip up now. Both of these teams are in contention for the play-offs

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but the Scarlets could put distance between Ulster and themselves to

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night with a win. It has all the ingredients for an absolute cracker.

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Welcome to a pretty wet and windy stadium. The weather seems to be

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following us around, a monsoon in Newport a few days ago and now this.

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It will probably change things because we know the Scarlets like to

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play with width and attack from their own half but the weather may

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dictate otherwise. Young we will see some kicking again tonight, properly

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from Jackson of Ulster. Scholars like to use the players on the wing,

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I'm not sure they will change much despite the rain. Context, we

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touched on it, a ten pointer in the Scarlets double whammy if they win,

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they can climb the table themselves and put some distance with ring them

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and Ulster. For both teams, it is the last and they will have their

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internationals before the Six Nations starts. Ulster have

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jewellery so as their game in hand, you would expect them to get a bonus

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point, but if Scarlets went mad, they will have a good gap going into

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the Six Nations. Interesting team selection, Johnny McNicol, normally

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on the wing, playing at full-back, is that significant or will they

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swap places as the match continues. They will use their wings, van der

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Merwe coming in as a decoy and then getting it as quickly as they can

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into the hands of McNicol. They like to use their wingers of the

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blindside. He switches play. They bring the DH back on the inside.

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Here, the winner goes to the middle of the field, why does he do that,

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it opens up both sides of the field to attack either side of the rock.

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Look who crops up, it is McNicol office open wing. Pat jewel against

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the Blues last week counter-attacked and who is there again on the short

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side, it is both the wingers together and McNicol puts Steph

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Evans away. Conditions aside, look out for the back three to have

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involvement. The banks will get involved but the forwards will win

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this game. You are looking forward to the Battle of the hookers. Nice

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like this, the real men win the game for you. Six Nations around the

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corner, a Lions year, they are in the mix. Owen is under pressure, he

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has been Berlin but still number one, the captain and leader even

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though Rory Best has given up the captaincy, his game this year has

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been outstanding for Ireland and Ulster. A big bonus for them having

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him back to night. In the drizzling rain, they're throwing skills will

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be tested to the max. Not a happy hunting ground for Ulster, only

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winning twice in 13 attempts here in West Wales. Scarlets favourites with

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the home advantage this evening, let's find out how they will fare to

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night. Martyn Williams on his way to the commentary box. We will hear

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from Jonathan Davies and Gareth Giles. Data macro you very much.

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COMMENTATOR: As Ulster come out onto the park, fourth against six. After

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such a good start for Ulster to the season, a blip since then. Looking

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to get back to winning ways, a different front row, Rory Best back

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at hooker. Henderson back in the second row, as is Chris Henry in the

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back row. No Pienaar or Charles the towel, Jackson at half-backs. Andrew

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Trimble plays and his second match of the season and leads the team. It

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is not the night to be hanging about a night. The rain came in earlier

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and it has stayed all day. The brave supporters giving their backing to

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the Scarlets, in fourth at the moment. Ken Owens rested against the

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Blues returns to captain the team. James Davies is back after a

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three-week ban. Dan Jones in for the injured Rhys Patchell, who started

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every game and ten. Johnny McNicol at full-back, perhaps a sign of

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things to come with Liam Williams's imminent departure to the Saracens.

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Mickey Thomas could make his debut off the bench for Scarlets and

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another former Ospreys player, Toby Bowen, the most familiar name on the

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Ulster bench. Italian referee in charge this evening. And no baiting

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in the conditions. Not as cold but it is going to be wet and slippery

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and difficult out there. First juggle and catch from Tom Pryce.

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Gareth Davies preferred at scrum-half this evening, the choice

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between him, Aled Davies and Jonathan Evans. Ludik with a good

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take. These will be trying conditions. These forwards don't

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want to stray too far from the scrum-half. Don't want to be asking

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too much of him. That is big Stuart McCloskey in midfield. I think we

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will see a lot of him to night. The conditions will dominate the style

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of play. It is not going to be an end to end thriller. It will be

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about or retention and handling errors. Jackson, we will see plenty

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of that this evening as well I dare say. Safely taken by Dan Jones. A

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little bit too far there. Didn't really know what to do there,

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looking for the up and under but put too much distance on it and an easy

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take for Dan Jones. First league start of the season for Dan Jones.

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Successfully negotiated by the outside-half. The kick charged down

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by Sean Reidy, the Ulster number eight, Johnny McNicol at full-back.

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The ball still in play down to Andrew Trimble.

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Plenty of early possession for Ulster. Again, McCloskey the big

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ball-carrier for them. Trimble again involved.

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Henderson, good to see him fully fit again. Ulster keeping the ball well.

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A little slide through to Dan Jones. A couple of minutes, straight off

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the park from Dan Jones, making his first appearance of the season in

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the league. Some breaking news this evening, Rhys Patchell, who has

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played every other game, picked up an ankle injury against The Blues

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and has seen the surgeon today and he will have surgery tomorrow and he

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could be out for up to 12 weeks. Which is really bad news for Rhys

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Patchell. I saw the news in the press, he got so excited that he was

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going to play on telly. Forget about the game. He couldn't wait. He is

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bristling. Dan Jones with an early chance, his football skills in the

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wet conditions will help him slide over as Jones and Jackson go over

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together. Now then, who got a hand on that one? He's got to go to the

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TMO. Paddy Jackson has done brilliantly to get back and recover.

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There it is. This is a very tough call. I think that is not a dry. We

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have to wait and see where the try line is, they go early because the

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conditions, you have to go early and slide over. I think daddy Jackson

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has got that, I think he has done brilliantly, Paddy Jackson. Turn of

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speed. This is the angle. I'm not sure you can give that. I think

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Paddy Jackson has put his weight on it. Anyway, the upper part of the

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body will do. For a try. He deftly got his body on it there but look at

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the try line, he slides over, Paddy Jackson is there. It is grabbed by

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white. All the best I say to that. It is a white scrum. He's called it

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as a knock-on in the end. Disappointment for the crowd but

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Jones's body was on it before the line but he was not part of it over

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the line, excellent work by Paddy Jackson. Great work by both of them,

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Dan Jones putting pressure and charging the kick down but a great

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scramble from Paddy Jackson to get back, making a good ten or 15

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metres. From the charge down, all your money is on Dan Jones to score

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that drive. One kick, his control it well. He goes down early and Paddy

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Jackson put his foot on the gas and made some great yards there.

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There is the charge down, halfway. One good strike and you think that

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is it. But then, the stars treading water and Paddy Jackson takes him on

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the outside, a great save. Dan Jones will be disappointed with that, in

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that position, you expect to score. Just to compound things for the

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Scarlets, the free kick goes against the front row.

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I think the Scarlets will fancy themselves to night. A couple Ulster

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players missing. Accidental offside by James Davies.

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Not a great mistake. Just runs into his own player. They managed to work

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themselves up to the 40 metre line. First was a free kick, the second

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one is a full penalty. Conditions like this, the scrum, if the referee

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gets into his head that Ulster have the edge on it, it could be a long

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evening. Through the decisions and indiscipline against them, they've

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gone from their own 22 the Scarlets 22. Rob Evans, it is quite harsh

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initially. He will feel he had the better of Ross came, the 22-year-old

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tight head for is that, starting just his second game. -- Kane. His

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first appearance was the first game of the season. Sean Reidy gets the

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pressure on the Scarlets 22. The third member of the back row,

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Chris Henry. From the blindside comes Paddy Jackson and he finds

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Ross Kane waiting there. They went through the phases in the Scarlets

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half. This time, defence wins out. The presence of the breakdown wins

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the home side the penalty. Brilliant from John Barclay, so consistent,

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Whee Kim and week out. He will get two or three penalties again for

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that exact action. He is brilliant at getting over the ball, he and

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Stephen Davies really are a threat for Scarlets. There is John Barclay,

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straight in over the tackle. Jake Ball, back to full fitness

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after an injury picked up last year. Good angle, beating Tredwell in the

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second row. Henderson tried his best to hold him up. They do that well,

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Ulster. Ulster offside in midfield. Then a

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second offence at the breakdown. He gave an offside before that. I

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didn't really think they were offside, good lines beat, not

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committing many to the ruck area. It is going to be like a war of

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attrition this evening. Not going to be many gaps up there, all doing the

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hard yards. Hopefully take the points when the penalties come. You

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are right, he didn't look offside at all. You didn't think so as well.

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The first points of the evening do go to Dan Jones. Couldn't convert

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the try but he does convert the penalty and the Scarlets 3-0 up. The

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Scarlets manager is talking to us. Rhys Patchell and footwear with, how

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big a blow is that? It is a blow. The last couple weeks he has been a

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leading light for in good form. We are naturally disappointed for him,

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he has grown in confidence in every game this year. It is a good chance

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for Dan to stake his claim. Bouncing down with rain, do you have to think

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about changing tactics at all? We knew the weather was coming in and

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we know the type of game it will be. We like to play wide and expansive

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but we may have to play a bit more of a kicking game into the right

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areas. Kicking game were the words, I don't like to tempt fate. It's not

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going to be a repeat of what we had last time out at Rodney Parade,

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don't worry. And affective kick from the Scarlets, decent return from

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Paul Marshall but Ken Owens will be throwing into the line-out. Are

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these jerseys getting bigger? They'll be banned soon for being too

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dangerous. Hopefully, the new law means they

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won't get smacked on the GPS either. Found its way to the tail. The huge

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hit coming in which has left Gareth Davies hobbling for the next phase

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of play. Jake Ball over the gain line. Ken Owens, and Davies trying

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to run that knock off. Take the penalty again, take the points. With

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the conditions, you tend to narrow in attack. The Scarlets had an

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opportunity on the left-hand side but they were all very narrow in

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attack. They need to keep their width defensively as well.

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Gareth Davies is in a bit of pain. Evans is down as well. There is a

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pretty big injury list with the teams before the games started. The

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macro two key players. The last thing you want this only in the

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game. He is up. Looks as if he is OK.

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Dan Jones, 21 tomorrow. Celebrates with a second successful kick. What

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they've done is turn the field position in to pressure into points.

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As you mentioned, the conditions, though got to get the scoreboard

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ticking over. Clever. Not quite. You are graded

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and pick it up. The macro Gareth Davies is not happy, he is still

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limping. He needed another yard, a bit more pace for Gareth Davies to

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execute it properly. He has to pick it up to touch it down. He didn't do

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so. I don't see him being on for long. Here we go, that's the first

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one. You macro here we go, no, accidental. It is a penalty.

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Nevertheless it is yellow. It's because of where he has ended

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up, the initial contact is OK. As he slides up. It is a grey area, that

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is. He has dipped in low to run into him. As a tackler, you're meant to

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Bentaleb can get under the ball-carrier. I know it is all down

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to players health and safety at a lot of it has to be common sense as

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well. It is difficult for the referees. Difficult for the players

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as well. You'll get more and more ball-carrier is getting low and slow

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and then the tacklers have to try and do the same, which will be very

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difficult to do. You could make a comeback. Gil Andre the giant next

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to me. Ulster have their first points. That's a good kick.

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He thought about the quick one. John Barclay pretty glad he didn't go for

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it. Stockdale in what is a pretty big back line, by and large. As a

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professional player, all of your training, is in the dry ground and

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nice weather and you think this morning that has all gone to pot.

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Berkeley on his own, the rest of the forwards involved in driving them

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on. They came off the wing to help them. Scholars are finding it

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difficult to get over the gain line. Good reaction for the ball spinning

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away from Gareth Davies. Liam Williams and Stockdale go up

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together. It's gone forward so the choice is

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therefore Scarlets. You have to think about the

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substitution at this early stage for Gareth Davies. He is limping. He is

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such an important link and in these conditions, he's not going to be a

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threat the way he is. He's got to decide whether it is worthwhile him

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staying on or bring on the scrum-half off the bench. We haven't

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seen Aled Davies warming up yet. The crowd could see the hand on the

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floor to support Callum Black. I don't think we've had a scrum

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completed yet, have we? One free kick, one penalty and that one

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collapsed. The ball does get away that time in

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the hands of Clive Ross. Marshall looking to give Jackson a run.

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Johnny McNichol just brushing the whitewash. You'll macro may have

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saved him there, the few players on him going back to his own line. He

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did well to take it. That was close. Little toe. Ken Owens, how Ulster

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ended up with the ball from the previous scrum. Referee saying it

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was out. The majority of the game has been

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played in the middle third of the field. A concerted drive by Ulster.

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McCloskey got it away for Jacob Stockdale and that is far too soft

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for the Scarlets. Well worked, McCloskey was always going to be the

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target and he had far too much room to feed it to Jacob Stockdale. We

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mentioned big McCloskey, that is very slow. That is an easy pop.

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Williams and Davies, he just gets his hands free and that is far too

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easy. They will be really disappointed, the ball had stopped,

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he was static, it was just a few steps that Marshall has taken which

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has held James Davies. That is a soft defensive work from Scarlets.

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Good support play from Stockdale. The defence would have been

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expecting that. Successful conversion. All lead 10-6. A nice

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try but it is the build-up I am interested in. Are the Ulster

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players in front of Marshall? Just there. The touch judge should spot

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that. They wouldn't have had the line-out.

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Those are the breaks and Ulster take them. So is the touch judge on this

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site. -- Rizzo. Good kick by Marshall.

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The referee just once Ulster to speed things up at line-out time.

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Black making sure the instructions are for Rory Best.

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Good control about this Ulster driving line-out.

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They have taken the game by the scruff of the net in the scrums. The

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line-outs, the mauls. Paul Marshall quite happy to go aerial. Back to

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James Davies. White eight, within ten metres.

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Eight White, offside. Sean Reidy.

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That is a great kick. That is a super kick from Dan Jones. He went

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for everything there. He warily did past. A great kick. These galas

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could not have asked for better. -- the Scarlets.

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Lost it. Just when the Scarlets were looking to do what Ulster did so

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effectively down the other end of the field but they couldn't keep

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hold of the ball. McNicoll. The Ulster defence has had a chance

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to re-form. Steff Evans gets the ball in his

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hands for the first time this evening. The game is 25 minutes old.

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Again, they are a bit narrow, the Scarlets. If they are narrow their

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defensive line is narrow and the narrower it gets the more difficult

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it is to hit the hole. Hadleigh Parkes having to do a lot of

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carrying but effective in getting over the gain line.

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Nicely weighted to Liam Williams. Barclay is on the outside. Inside is

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Hadleigh Parkes. Past the defence. Again, Ulster battling hard in the

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breakdown. The Scarlets still have it. It has all slowed down. James

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Davies. Again, flies out of the tackle.

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McCluskey cannot gather. In the end, all the Scarlets can have is a

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potted in these grim. Ulster are winning in the tackle

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area. They are organising their defence. The ball is so slow coming

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out they can't use it effectively. Another game is being played this

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evening at Rodney Parade. Treviso are the visitors. They went ahead

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earlier thanks to a try. But the Dragons heads back and notorious had

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one in front of the posts. At half-time the Dragons lead 13-8.

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Usually you would need a hovercraft over the water there!

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Former Llanelli, Wales, Lions, Phil Bennett. He has had his say about

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the Dragons and all things Welsh rugby this week.

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Their scrum has been MS. -- a mess. There is no pattern or continuity to

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any part of the game so far. There are too many errors. One

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opportunity, they have taken it. That is the difference. Territory

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and possession. The half chance the Scarlets had early on, Paddy Jackson

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got back to say. But Ulster took theirs. Play in either 22 has been

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at a premium. Marius Mitrea 's knees to get a grip of this. It is

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difficult enough in these conditions but you need more control of the

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scrum as well. I know the ground is slippery but

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let's not use it as an excuse. We cannot do better. Make sure you get

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the distance, keep the gap and minimum hit until the ball gets in.

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Keep the bind. Time on. That scrum is completed and the

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Scarlets hit the blindside. That is where the two centres were waiting.

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Gareth Davies arrives. He seems to have shrugged off they knocked to

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the left leg. Steff Evans has to go in as temporary scrum half a couple

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of times. Jake Ball pushing back that Ulster defence. Better

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clearance. They add up very quickly, Ulster.

:38:54.:39:05.

Good speed in defence. They are arising that's Scarlets attack. Liam

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Williams always looking to be near the action. Surely, that was a hand

:39:12.:39:18.

on the floor. But Rob Evans has it anyway.

:39:19.:39:23.

The counter wrecking has been good by Ulster. They are not

:39:24.:39:34.

overcommitted to the ruck. It is difficult for the Scarlets to find

:39:35.:39:39.

any space. They are very clever, their commitment in the wreck. --

:39:40.:39:53.

ruck. It has gone forward. I'm sure the Scarlets would like a bit more

:39:54.:39:57.

assistance from the referee at the breakdown.

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It is all about pushing the barriers as far as you can. You have to be

:40:04.:40:14.

very clever. They have numbers on their feet and Scarlets are running

:40:15.:40:18.

into the brick walls. I think the service isn't very good

:40:19.:40:22.

from nine. The last thing you want is a slow ball with a great line

:40:23.:40:30.

speed that Ulster has. I don't know why they haven't made the

:40:31.:40:33.

substitution because he is not at his best because of that injury.

:40:34.:40:59.

The Blues visited Glasgow is S4C's game tomorrow night. Cardiff City

:41:00.:41:11.

against Fulham in the FA Cup third round tomorrow morning. And then

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highlights of the weekend's accent, read the action that is, on Scrum V

:41:19.:41:30.

at 5:30pm on Sunday. Apologies, it is Sunday the FA Cup game is the

:41:31.:41:31.

rather than tomorrow. The Scarlets have almost two thirds

:41:32.:42:09.

of the possession so far in the first half.

:42:10.:42:15.

They haven't looked like scoring, that is the problem. The defence has

:42:16.:42:19.

been good. Ross Kane. These grams have been

:42:20.:42:45.

struggling anyway. Has got a bad elbow that will not help matters

:42:46.:42:46.

much. Maybe he should put some of that on

:42:47.:42:59.

his elbow! Liam Williams left out and the ball

:43:00.:43:33.

reaches John Barclay. The Scarlets have lots protected possession well

:43:34.:43:38.

enough. They have had a lot of ball but they have spilled a lot of ball

:43:39.:43:40.

as well. McNicoll is not afraid of trying to

:43:41.:44:00.

spread it. But the pressure comes back on and Steff Evans having to

:44:01.:44:04.

her leave the game. Ken Owens is offside. Lightning fast! He was

:44:05.:44:17.

having a rest there. Lewis Rawlins ran straight into the elbow. But he

:44:18.:44:27.

is up. Conditions are pretty awful as you

:44:28.:44:34.

can see. That very scrappy period of play, the Scarlets trying to play

:44:35.:44:37.

some rugby which best thing in these conditions. Maybe Lewis Rawlins

:44:38.:44:43.

should have ten minutes. He missed time the tackle. Just cops one. He

:44:44.:44:53.

is low. He had spilled the ball and tried to make up for it. He went

:44:54.:44:59.

straight into the shoulder. Ken Owens can have his arrest now! He

:45:00.:45:02.

needs to go off and have a cheque. I am not sure what they are trying

:45:03.:45:27.

to do here. Ken catches it. This is the opportunity. They were all

:45:28.:45:32.

streaming back. That is a great take. In these conditions on the

:45:33.:45:46.

rent. Wide receiver! He wasn't behind but forces Gareth Davies into

:45:47.:45:51.

another bypass. That is another reason why Gareth Davies has not had

:45:52.:45:55.

the ball away because they are living on the offside line. You have

:45:56.:45:59.

either got to take them out and make there are very referee that Alltel

:46:00.:46:04.

directory, if you don't affiliate, we are going to take them out at the

:46:05.:46:09.

fringes. At least you make the rest of the aware of it. Will Boyde has

:46:10.:46:17.

come on. He is one of the form players this season. He has been

:46:18.:46:25.

superb. Got his opportunity in Cardiff just before the autumn

:46:26.:46:28.

internationals and has not looked back. He has been superb for the

:46:29.:46:34.

last two months. Callum Black had to stretch for that one.

:46:35.:46:44.

Jackson has peppered those kicks in. Dan Jones under pressure from Luke

:46:45.:47:02.

Marshall. The Scarlets have managed to get

:47:03.:47:21.

back and support their outside half. Gareth Davies on to take over the

:47:22.:47:26.

kicking duties, no Number 10 him. Ulster have played these conditions

:47:27.:47:30.

far better than Scarlets. They have tried to go through the phases. They

:47:31.:47:35.

have turned the Scarlets and the Scarlets have tried to run it back.

:47:36.:47:39.

But they haven't been successful. In the last ten minutes they have got

:47:40.:47:46.

to grips with this game, Ulster. The Scarlets have to be patient and if

:47:47.:47:52.

it is not on, turn them, forced the error in the Ulster 22. They have

:47:53.:48:00.

got to be more clinical. Ulster equally happy with or without

:48:01.:48:01.

possession. Jackson getting McCluskey over that

:48:02.:48:12.

gain line. Nothing fancy. Up the guts, recycle

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and go. If it isn't going, put the boot to it. And use the forwards and

:48:22.:48:27.

then use McCluskey again. He gets the off-load to Ludik. Simple but

:48:28.:48:38.

very effective by Ulster. Paddy Jackson is just off-loading. A loose

:48:39.:48:47.

pass by Callum Black. Still possession for Ulster.

:48:48.:48:55.

In these conditions there is nothing wrong with the old-fashioned and

:48:56.:49:02.

under. But the full-back under pressure, hang it up in the air get

:49:03.:49:08.

the chases to it. If there is nothing on, silhouette against the

:49:09.:49:16.

Cleverley and settle for a scrum. -- check it against the referee.

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Let's go back to Phil Steele. Last Saturday the premiership before they

:49:27.:49:33.

split split tomorrow. The big games are Ebbw Vale against Crosskeys,

:49:34.:49:38.

Cardiff against Bedwas. If Ebbw Vale win they will join the other teams,

:49:39.:49:46.

Merthyr Tydfil, Panther that possibly than the others in the top

:49:47.:49:50.

league. You can play in every stage in the world from the Principality,

:49:51.:49:54.

Eden Park, everywhere, Cape Town that you haven't played Gardiffaith

:49:55.:50:06.

in January, a haven't played anywhere. Remember to go to

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Garndiffaith. That is where I made my first ever

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reporting, Open Garndiffaith. Nice little inside ball to Paddy Jackson.

:50:35.:50:37.

They are controlling possession so well, Ulster. Scarlets can't get

:50:38.:50:44.

their hands on the ball at the moment. Louis Ludik.

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Just changing the point of the tackle. Getting away from the

:51:12.:51:16.

Scarlets defenders. Keeping that possession well.

:51:17.:51:19.

Not making any mistakes. It is a lesson in wet weather rugby

:51:20.:51:35.

from Ulster. Pushing the Scarlets all the way back to that far corner.

:51:36.:51:41.

That was a lovely little kick but the chase was not there. Here they

:51:42.:51:47.

come again, the men in white led by Iain Henderson and Trimble.

:51:48.:51:51.

Ludik was on there. Extra man outside. A penalty. They will go for

:51:52.:52:08.

goal. A 7-point advantage. The crowd may not like it but it is copybook

:52:09.:52:13.

stuff from Ulster. Paddy Jackson averaging 70% with his

:52:14.:52:39.

kicks. He has controlled the game very well

:52:40.:52:44.

because he has had a lot of ball. He has put a lot of variety in it, the

:52:45.:52:49.

long kick, the shortcake. -- short kick.

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One conversion and one penalty to his name. Paddy Jackson prepares

:53:24.:53:33.

with the final kick of the first half. Again, well struck, very well

:53:34.:53:41.

struck indeed. Paddy Jackson add Ulster have had an excellent first

:53:42.:53:47.

hour. A couple of penalties for the Scarlets but Ulster in control of

:53:48.:53:52.

possession and the scoreboard. At half-time, 6-13. Phil Steele is with

:53:53.:53:58.

Ken Owens. These conditions are not going to be better, it is going to

:53:59.:54:04.

be cavemen stuff in the second half. The scrum is 50-50 at the moment but

:54:05.:54:10.

I were line speed is good. One mistake in the back of the line-out,

:54:11.:54:15.

we need to tidy it up. Thanks for your time. Have a good orange.

:54:16.:54:21.

It was the Scarlets who had the first chance to cross the whitewash.

:54:22.:54:29.

Dan Jones was beaten to the ball by Paddy Jackson, excellent cover from

:54:30.:54:34.

the Ulster fly-half. Jose knocked over a couple of penalties to put

:54:35.:54:39.

the Scarlets to a 6-0 lead but Paddy Jackson pegging them back. The only

:54:40.:54:44.

try of the half came via Jacob Stockdale. Hayward will not be happy

:54:45.:54:51.

with this. The winger waltzed through the Scarlets defence. On the

:54:52.:54:55.

stroke of half-time, a beautifully struck kick by Paddy Jackson to put

:54:56.:55:01.

Ulster in a lead. For much of that first have the Scarlets enjoyed the

:55:02.:55:04.

greater share of possession but Scarlets coming back into it was the

:55:05.:55:10.

end to have a 55% share. Elsewhere, there is that virtually the same.

:55:11.:55:15.

Very even on the stats. Ulster committee would have to say, playing

:55:16.:55:19.

these conditions better. They have been more streetwise today. They

:55:20.:55:25.

have pushed the limits with the death in the breakdown. Generally

:55:26.:55:30.

got the better of the Scarlets in the scrum. The nines and tens have

:55:31.:55:37.

kicked better than the Scarlets halfbacks. They are very difficult

:55:38.:55:44.

conditions. We talked about how Byron Hayward

:55:45.:55:52.

will be tearing his head and the ease Ulster went over for the try.

:55:53.:55:55.

Is that a defensive error? It is a line error with Liam Williams. They

:55:56.:56:03.

should not have had the line-out. They were in front of the kicker. He

:56:04.:56:10.

goes to shape their kick. They are too eager, the Ulster players. The

:56:11.:56:17.

touch judge should have seen that. Look at the tail of the line. James

:56:18.:56:23.

Davies has to watch their nine. Liam Williams now has a problem. He has

:56:24.:56:27.

to defend both the centre and the winger. His vision is crammed. It is

:56:28.:56:39.

a difficult place to defend but you have to jam in.

:56:40.:56:44.

A bit harsh on James Davies, he came in too early on Marshall. He should

:56:45.:56:50.

never help a little bit and let the play develop in front of him. He has

:56:51.:56:56.

made the decision for Marshall. He is so big and strong, McCluskey,

:56:57.:57:00.

have a chance and he is through. Conditions like this, you don't get

:57:01.:57:05.

many try scoring opportunities. Ulster were clinical. One

:57:06.:57:11.

opportunity and one try. There are not going to be any raft of tries

:57:12.:57:19.

tonight. Dan Jones did not take his opportunity. That could have been a

:57:20.:57:22.

brilliant start for the Scarlets. A big night for Dan Jones. Rhys

:57:23.:57:32.

Patchell was the only Scarlets player to start every game prior to

:57:33.:57:36.

his injury. He has got good skills, Dan Jones. His goal-kicking was

:57:37.:57:43.

excellent. Two difficult kicks in the conditions and got the Scarlets

:57:44.:57:49.

6-0 ahead. This is a good kick with distance. Not easy conditions

:57:50.:57:53.

underfoot. Those things help in those conditions. I taught at the

:57:54.:57:58.

start about the wing is coming off the ten. This was his charge down.

:57:59.:58:05.

He lost his running strike. He got ahead of himself but Jackson showed

:58:06.:58:07.

pace. Dan Jones is a good prospect. As we

:58:08.:58:13.

heard, Rhys Patchell had his operation today. He needs surgery.

:58:14.:58:22.

It is 12 weeks out. A big blow for Rhys Patchell on the Scarlets. It

:58:23.:58:26.

took him a few weeks to get into his stride but he has been brilliant

:58:27.:58:30.

over the last seven weeks. It is a big blow. Dan Jones is a huge talent

:58:31.:58:36.

and just needs a run. A big game today. He will just get better. The

:58:37.:58:43.

breakdown, the boys in commentary talked a lot about this. Ulster are

:58:44.:58:48.

not committing any more than they need do and frustrating the

:58:49.:58:52.

Scarlets. Second game in a row. I am

:58:53.:59:03.

scratching my head. They just leave their hand on the board is the

:59:04.:59:08.

second too fast. Don't roll away quick enough, put the hand on the

:59:09.:59:13.

ball. They're leaving their hands there are second or two longer. They

:59:14.:59:20.

have been very cute. Like Jonathan mentioned, Ken Owens, Gareth Davies

:59:21.:59:24.

have got to be into the referee. I knew he is Italian and maybe that is

:59:25.:59:28.

a communication issue. You've got to make him aware. If that is the other

:59:29.:59:33.

way, the crowd would have gone crazy. Peano would've been into the

:59:34.:59:40.

referee. The Scarlets boys need to do the same. You have got to gauge

:59:41.:59:47.

what the recipe is doing. Is Marius Mitrea leaving Ulster to get away

:59:48.:59:54.

with murder? No. They is pushing the baddies as far as they can to win

:59:55.:59:59.

the game. Scarlets have to be more proactive and work out a way to get

:00:00.:00:02.

over the line. They know how difficult it is to

:00:03.:00:06.

attack so they just need that white line in position. You buy yourself

:00:07.:00:10.

an extra second or two by slowing it down at the breakdown and Vanessa

:00:11.:00:13.

Deeney is to be stronger. These claims have been MS as well. We know

:00:14.:00:20.

the Scarlets have a much bulkier front five. Perhaps thought they

:00:21.:00:23.

could dominate. For me, the Ulster pack have been

:00:24.:00:37.

impressive. The line-out has been really well, the driving line-out

:00:38.:00:40.

has some momentum. It is difficult to see who is on top with scrums,

:00:41.:00:46.

the referee seems to think it is Ulster. They have been a superb at

:00:47.:00:50.

set pieces and around the contact area in the first hour. Another game

:00:51.:00:56.

going on at Rodney Parade, the Dragons hosting Treviso, desperate

:00:57.:01:00.

for a win after their New Year's Day defeat to the Ospreys. And the

:01:01.:01:04.

earlier defeat to the Blues. Treviso struck first, lovely footwork to

:01:05.:01:10.

beat the defence but not long after that, his opposite number went

:01:11.:01:18.

through the gap and went under the posts. Added a penalty for good

:01:19.:01:22.

measure from Angus O'Brien and the second half is just begun at Rodney

:01:23.:01:26.

Parade. Angus O'Brien has added a drop goal, so it is 16-8 at the

:01:27.:01:32.

moment at Rodney Parade. The second half is under way there. We have the

:01:33.:01:37.

second-half here to come. We could see Ospreys going top if they beat

:01:38.:01:42.

Connacht tomorrow and the Blues have a difficult away trip to Glasgow. If

:01:43.:01:49.

Danny Wilson's men want to keep the top six in their sights, a win is

:01:50.:01:54.

vital, it won't be easy against one of Europe's form sides.

:01:55.:02:00.

On Sunday, the capital city counterparts the Bluebirds, Cardiff

:02:01.:02:10.

City take on Fulham in the FA Cup. And scrum V Sunday is on at the

:02:11.:02:14.

earlier time of five 30p. We will review the weekend action and hear

:02:15.:02:20.

how one man turned tragedy into Triumph at the Rio Paralympics. When

:02:21.:02:26.

it actually happened, it was an amazing feeling. A bit of a change

:02:27.:02:31.

from years ago from playing rugby able-bodied and then being in that

:02:32.:02:40.

final and playing in a wheelchair. A cracking interview, June in on

:02:41.:02:47.

Sunday at 5:30pm. As we mentioned, a big game for the Cardiff Blues

:02:48.:02:51.

coming up tomorrow evening in Glasgow. This is the team Danny

:02:52.:02:55.

Wilson has picked, two changes from the side that lost to Scarlets.

:02:56.:03:04.

Blaine Scully returning on the wing. We talked about this being a crucial

:03:05.:03:11.

game, that is a really critical game for the Blues, in seventh at the

:03:12.:03:14.

moment, Sam Warburton has Origi said if they don't win in Glasgow they

:03:15.:03:19.

can kiss goodbye to their top six hopes. You can see the table is

:03:20.:03:23.

already splitting into two. If the Blues lose that game, they are in a

:03:24.:03:29.

desperate situation, top six in the Champions Cup next year which will

:03:30.:03:33.

be a huge disappointment. Seeing how they started the season and the

:03:34.:03:36.

names they had in the squad, I thought they would mail the top six.

:03:37.:03:41.

A huge game against Glasgow and they are a brilliant team, they have so

:03:42.:03:46.

much strength in depth. They need some extra resolve. It will probably

:03:47.:03:52.

need to be the performance of the season to get a win at Glasgow. You

:03:53.:03:57.

know Danny Wilson well, he is a perfectionist, how big and ask is it

:03:58.:04:02.

to go up to Glasgow, who have just beaten Racing Metro back-to-back in

:04:03.:04:07.

Europe. Root they have one eye on Europe and Glasgow are quite shaky

:04:08.:04:10.

at the moment, if there's a time to beat them, it is now. The Blues are

:04:11.:04:15.

paying for recent home form. They have some big-game players but they

:04:16.:04:20.

need them, it is a big game for Glasgow as well. Particularly if

:04:21.:04:24.

Ulster get over the line tonight. That top six is looking into reading

:04:25.:04:28.

at the moment. Back to tonight's game will stop the about to return

:04:29.:04:34.

to return to the playing field. Alan Davies will be replacing Gareth

:04:35.:04:38.

Davies at the start of this half, 13-6, Scarlets still in it.

:04:39.:04:43.

Opportunities to score are few and far between, what do they need to

:04:44.:04:47.

change to get the lead back? You'll macro when they attack. They have to

:04:48.:04:58.

score first, if you go two scores behind in these conditions, it is

:04:59.:05:01.

more or less came over, they need a big start to the second-half.

:05:02.:05:06.

Scarlets don't need the victory as desperate as Ulster do but it would

:05:07.:05:11.

be a massive bonus if they did. Home form is in the Pro12. Boyd coming

:05:12.:05:16.

onto the field will be a big asset but they need Jonathan Davies to

:05:17.:05:21.

come in. Alan Davies will bring a spark but can we see more from

:05:22.:05:25.

McNicoll and Liam Williams? That will be crucial even in these

:05:26.:05:31.

treacherous conditions. The rain continues to fall here, it hasn't

:05:32.:05:35.

stopped since about 3pm this afternoon. Conditions not getting

:05:36.:05:40.

any better, can be Scarlets improve their performance in the second

:05:41.:05:48.

half? COMMENTATOR: Thank you. Changes for the Scarlets but not for

:05:49.:05:55.

ulcer. Aled Davies has replaced Gareth Davies and Will Boyde is on,

:05:56.:05:59.

whether it is temporary or for keeps, we will find out. Not try to

:06:00.:06:06.

force the game, play the conditions, make the referee referee the right

:06:07.:06:15.

areas. Get your foot on it, take it to the fringes if you have do but

:06:16.:06:18.

tell the referee he has to referee Ed. If there is nothing happening

:06:19.:06:22.

and they are not getting success on the gain line, just turn them and

:06:23.:06:26.

put them under pressure in their own 22. A converted try is the

:06:27.:06:37.

difference between the two teams. The try scored by Jacob Stockdale.

:06:38.:06:44.

Converted by Paddy Jackson. Aled Davies gets down on the ball, his

:06:45.:06:49.

100th appearance for the Scarlets this evening. He was held up there.

:06:50.:06:59.

A difficult job getting off the ground from a tackle. Henderson.

:07:00.:07:07.

A handling error, scholars have made eight handling errors to Ulster's

:07:08.:07:14.

three. Conditions like that, it is a crucial stat. Why they haven't

:07:15.:07:20.

peppered the full-back, he has played a lot on the wing, I don't

:07:21.:07:24.

care who you are, it will be difficult to take. Swirling wind,

:07:25.:07:33.

rain, a slippery ball. Steph Evans is a converted full-back and Liam

:07:34.:07:37.

Williams is also a full-back initially. But it is Johnny McNicoll

:07:38.:07:46.

wearing 15 this evening. Scarlets are not going to score from long

:07:47.:07:50.

distance I think so they need to play the territorial game.

:07:51.:08:20.

Rory Best may be looking for another penalty. First time up again,

:08:21.:08:25.

McCloskey. Six feet two, 16 and a half stone of

:08:26.:08:35.

him. West set it up on the ten metre

:08:36.:09:04.

line. A little tester but he claims it this time. Not the best kick from

:09:05.:09:10.

Paddy Jackson but not going anywhere. Just put the pressure on

:09:11.:09:15.

the Scarlets. They can take the ball, kick to touch now and they

:09:16.:09:20.

will get the line-out. He had a long way to go. Very good season for

:09:21.:09:29.

Steph Evans, five tries in the league. He must be on the way for

:09:30.:09:36.

the Six Nations. He is playing exceptionally well. He is creating

:09:37.:09:43.

stuff and scoring tries, he is an effective runner.

:09:44.:10:13.

Trimble and Steph Evans go up together. Chris Henry gets it back,

:10:14.:10:22.

this is dangerous. You let macro I thought there was a knock-on their

:10:23.:10:27.

butt play on. Trimble. Spilled by Rory Best. His headgear has been on

:10:28.:10:38.

and off all evening. Jake Ball as the Scarlets look to get out to

:10:39.:10:43.

their own 22. Good work by the Ulster players. They eventually do

:10:44.:10:58.

go back for the knock-on. I think this is what they are complaining

:10:59.:11:05.

about, he gets up, Steph Evans. Does look like a knock-on really. He lost

:11:06.:11:11.

the ball. Ulster, when they have the ball, they seem a bit more

:11:12.:11:14.

controlled and their line-out is going. They have got the driving

:11:15.:11:20.

line-out going well and they are kicking well. When the Scarlets have

:11:21.:11:21.

the ball, not so much. Aled Davies to John Davies. Left

:11:22.:11:50.

foot again with plenty of distance on it. Ludik returns.

:11:51.:12:08.

Job was done in the end by Clive Ross. Plenty of time for Dan Jones.

:12:09.:12:31.

I then think the Scarlets timing much for touch, are they, just

:12:32.:12:40.

distance. The kicking game is a lot better from the Ulster players

:12:41.:12:41.

unfortunately. Right on cue. Unexpected but the Scarlets will

:12:42.:12:57.

take it. Some news about the injury on Gareth Davies. Gareth Davies has

:12:58.:13:07.

taken a blow on the shin as was thought and the medical staff say he

:13:08.:13:10.

shouldn't be out for too long, which is good news with Europe coming up,

:13:11.:13:15.

the temping Scott and for Wales. Shouldn't be too bad. McBride and

:13:16.:13:23.

Rob Howley keeping a close eye on this one for their selection for

:13:24.:13:26.

Wales, as they will fall of the games between now and the Six

:13:27.:13:35.

Nations announcement. I don't think you'll earn too much about players

:13:36.:13:37.

from this one to be honest with you. Too strong from John Davies. They

:13:38.:13:58.

need to put on some pressure. It is comfortable at the moment, they need

:13:59.:14:01.

a change of tactics. Apply a better kicking game. Do not try and run the

:14:02.:14:04.

ball too much actually. McCloskey straight up the middle

:14:05.:14:49.

again. Ten carries from McCloskey. Not great yardage but keeping them

:14:50.:14:50.

going forward. Held. That is good play. Holding on.

:14:51.:15:11.

This is the first opportunity in the second half, a quick kick and then

:15:12.:15:15.

good field position to start in attack from.

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Dragons extending their lead, a couple of penalties in the second

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half of them. First you've got to get field position but then they

:16:06.:16:15.

lose the line-out. Ludik first to react. Will Davies find a way? Aled

:16:16.:16:28.

Davies. Dan Jones. Steph Evans had to take it from a standing start.

:16:29.:16:36.

Goes backwards, so untidy. Scarlets not playing the simple game

:16:37.:16:53.

like Ulster have been doing. Liam Williams giving chase. Not enough

:16:54.:17:01.

room on the far side. I would like to see that again, I think Aled

:17:02.:17:05.

Davies had a split-second to get out wide on the turnover. He chose to go

:17:06.:17:10.

himself but they have numbers on the left. It is a great tackle. Lovely

:17:11.:17:29.

pass. Too narrow an angle. Parks was calling for it. It is a wide angle.

:17:30.:17:51.

Change in the Ulster front row, Andy Warwick comes on to replace Callum

:17:52.:17:54.

Black. James Davies going forward for the

:17:55.:18:15.

Scarlets. This looks more promising, a bit more pace from the Scarlets.

:18:16.:18:25.

It has come up a bit too quickly from the Ulster defenders.

:18:26.:18:32.

James Davies striving to keep the ball alive. They will go back to the

:18:33.:18:41.

offside call. They have been right on the edge all might Ulster. The

:18:42.:18:47.

offside line and on that time creeping little too early, one step.

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Great decision. There are opportunities, watch here

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nor, as you watch it, stop it there. Just keep an eye on this guy, he's

:19:04.:19:07.

going to come up to the line first of all. The runner is on. Look at

:19:08.:19:13.

that, stop it there, look at the overlap. Such an overlap, four

:19:14.:19:18.

players there. There are opportunities, he sucks him in and

:19:19.:19:23.

gives the pass and it would have been three on one. The condition is

:19:24.:19:27.

there to attack, you have to scan and play what is in front of you.

:19:28.:19:35.

Too often they have gone for the cut out pass and that was a perfect

:19:36.:19:40.

example of short, sharp passing. They first opportunity for points in

:19:41.:19:47.

the second half. Taken by Dan Jones. The deficit is back to four.

:19:48.:20:01.

His first appearance of the season. And interesting substitution.

:20:02.:20:20.

Marshall has done well tonight. Another poor kick from Scarlets.

:20:21.:20:26.

They rushed it again. Take it in. Recycled the ball but that is a

:20:27.:20:32.

rushed kick again. You've just got to take that, recycle it and give it

:20:33.:20:38.

to the stand-off and welly it down the field.

:20:39.:20:59.

Shanahan to McCloskey. It was good work by James Davies, McCloskey had

:21:00.:21:18.

a lot of time to get that back. Great off-load from Marshall to

:21:19.:21:23.

Ludik. Danger signs for the Scarlets. Up comes John Barclay.

:21:24.:21:33.

Great steel. The Davies Brothers between them couldn't get it away.

:21:34.:21:38.

Great steel by John Barclay under extreme pressure.

:21:39.:21:55.

That is a great tackle, stripped the ball. After a couple of off-loads,

:21:56.:22:03.

just put the Scarlets defence under pressure. James Davies gets

:22:04.:22:12.

attention. I have two Scarlets legends, George, give us a wave in

:22:13.:22:16.

your Swansea City top. A big Scarlets van. The second man to

:22:17.:22:21.

achieve 100 appearances for the Scarlets and 34 caps for Wales. You

:22:22.:22:28.

would have enjoyed this tonight? Yes, I would have, probably with

:22:29.:22:35.

this weather. It is a bit of an arm wrestle with the backs and forwards.

:22:36.:22:39.

No side is dominating the game at the moment. You just feel the

:22:40.:22:45.

players are not doing their own thing at the moment. You need a bit

:22:46.:22:50.

of kick and go or somebody needs to assert authority in the game. What

:22:51.:22:56.

would you be saying right now? I would go pick and go. Go through the

:22:57.:23:01.

middle bit, take the on and create a bit of space for some big backs to

:23:02.:23:07.

get over the gain line. It is all about the gain line momentum. The

:23:08.:23:10.

scholars have a penalty but it is in their 22 at the moment. Your

:23:11.:23:17.

coaching now, with him? And under ten team, my young nephew place for

:23:18.:23:25.

them. It's not all forward oriented but it is a good way to learn the

:23:26.:23:35.

game. We are down in Larne on Sunday and then Sinclair. Nice to see you.

:23:36.:23:55.

Got a hand on that one but Ludik was well up in support. Jacob Stockdale.

:23:56.:24:14.

He's got to pick his spot behind the Ulster defence. That's the

:24:15.:24:30.

counterattack from Paddy Jackson. Hasn't found touch. A mistake. Will

:24:31.:25:24.

they have a go? The supporters felt the pass was forward from the

:25:25.:25:40.

full-back. Henderson charged down. Liam Williams with a few wild ones

:25:41.:25:42.

tonight. The effect of charging that one down

:25:43.:26:10.

for Ian Henderson. As they prepared to make more changes. I think he

:26:11.:26:22.

caught his ribs. As soon as he charged it down, you can see him

:26:23.:26:26.

holding his side. Very unfortunate if he has cracked or broken rib with

:26:27.:26:39.

the ball. The game at Rodney Parade is reaching its conclusion. And the

:26:40.:26:46.

Dragons are pretty much home and dry, skipper Lewis Evans has gone

:26:47.:26:52.

over, a third try for them. Can they squeeze another one into get a bonus

:26:53.:27:02.

point in the remaining two minutes? Johnny Simpson, made his debut

:27:03.:27:05.

against Leinster on New Year's Eve at the tight head for Ross Kane.

:27:06.:27:23.

That will knock the wind out of you. Claimed by James Davies. American

:27:24.:27:40.

football style over the top. Landed outside the 22, forcing Ludik

:27:41.:28:00.

to play it. Well taken by McNicol. Henderson not

:28:01.:28:18.

releasing from the tackle. Kick it. Is this in range for Dan Jones? The

:28:19.:28:46.

corner is the decision. Bill-macro I don't understand that. He was

:28:47.:28:56.

obviously not confident. They really struggled, the Scarlets. They have

:28:57.:29:02.

failed to get their driving line-out going. A big line-out for Ken Owens.

:29:03.:29:11.

Crucial line-out in attacking positions have let Scarlets down as

:29:12.:29:15.

the game goes into its final quarter, they need to be correct.

:29:16.:29:25.

They are initially. Looking for the drive on, I wince seeing how close

:29:26.:29:30.

the try line is, in go the backs as well to join in. A dozen Scarlets

:29:31.:29:38.

players in there. Aled Davies gets it loose, comes to the blindside and

:29:39.:29:43.

Aled Davies hasn't got the ball to ground, Sean Reidy with the

:29:44.:29:47.

all-important tackle saves the day for Ulster. That's a brilliant

:29:48.:29:52.

tackle. Nearly a great decision to go for the touch and nearly scored a

:29:53.:29:57.

try but I thought he was in here. He goes for glory. That's got to be

:29:58.:30:05.

looked at. Is that a high tackle, is it a penalty try, yellow card?

:30:06.:30:13.

It is the two Italians to make the call. You have got to see that from

:30:14.:30:23.

behind. Let's have a look. How high was that? Did it prevent the tried?

:30:24.:30:29.

That is the question being asked. Aled Davies has gone in at a low

:30:30.:30:36.

angle. It is the left arm of Trimble. That is the one more than

:30:37.:30:45.

Reidy. You can't see it. It is the other angle. It is very difficult.

:30:46.:30:53.

How was Reidy not going to stop this? Just watch number eight first.

:30:54.:31:00.

That is a good tackle. He is going global. I tell you what,...

:31:01.:31:11.

And of the rules, that has got to be a penalty.

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He has penalised Reidy. They have called Sean Reidy's high and that

:31:18.:31:28.

has prevented a possible try. That is going to be a yellow card. This

:31:29.:31:36.

is not the last you are going to see this. The new directive about high

:31:37.:31:44.

tackles, I thought it was Trimble's that is high. But the thought Sean

:31:45.:31:56.

Reidy's try -- arm was high. It is a yellow card and that is a big break

:31:57.:32:01.

for Scarlets. After getting on the wrong side of the crowd all evening,

:32:02.:32:07.

at last Marius Mitrea has done something right. That is a tough

:32:08.:32:13.

call. The issue with the new rule is that if Reidy goes lower than that

:32:14.:32:18.

it is impossible to stop him scoring a try. That was so is harsh. But it

:32:19.:32:27.

is the new rules. Tell me, what is the number eight supposed to do? He

:32:28.:32:36.

can't: oh. He has got his shoulder. Common sense again. If he thinks it

:32:37.:32:42.

is high I would say it is accidental, it is a penalty. You

:32:43.:32:47.

can't give a yellow card, you can't give a penalty try because that is

:32:48.:32:50.

nothing else that number aids could have them. You are going to stop

:32:51.:32:57.

tackling near the try line. I know safety is paramount to be too good

:32:58.:33:00.

to have a little bit of common sense. That you have got to have.

:33:01.:33:12.

That is such a harsh call but Scarlets will take it though.

:33:13.:33:18.

The player was going low as well. He was diving for the try line.

:33:19.:33:25.

I think he is going after Jake Ball for a high tackle now. We're going

:33:26.:33:31.

to be here all day! Can here look at it in real-time.

:33:32.:33:44.

They slow things down and it always looks a lot worse. They are going to

:33:45.:33:53.

have to bring shorts with pockets back because that is where players

:33:54.:33:55.

will have to keep their hands from now on. I love the supporters behind

:33:56.:34:06.

me. Two minutes ago it was, send him off! Now, there is nothing wrong

:34:07.:34:13.

with its! It is dependent on which side you are supporting. Was that

:34:14.:34:24.

any worse than Reidy's? That is never a yellow card.

:34:25.:34:42.

In fairness the 60 minute it hasn't been an issue. Where are we going?

:34:43.:34:50.

Where'er we going? I don't see how they can be yellow

:34:51.:35:11.

cards, I don't. It is going to spoil the game now.

:35:12.:35:20.

Absolutely. None of them were yellow cards. Crazy times.

:35:21.:35:32.

It has brought the crowd to life anyway.

:35:33.:35:46.

What adjustments to the Scarlets do now? Lewis Rawlins, who would have

:35:47.:35:58.

been natural for the second row, he is off anyway. Hadleigh Parkes will

:35:59.:36:01.

go on the flank. Dan Jones looking to get the

:36:02.:36:45.

Scarlets back downfield. Back in. It was merely an outstanding kick. Just

:36:46.:36:51.

went over the touchline, unlucky for Dan Jones.

:36:52.:36:59.

With all that is going on I can't believe the Scarlets in front.

:37:00.:37:08.

19-8 the corresponding fixture at the Kingston Stadium finished. --

:37:09.:37:21.

king span. Scarlets looking to stay in the top four. Ulster as fixed at

:37:22.:37:26.

the moment and looking to stay in that place and getting into the

:37:27.:37:31.

play-off position. Rory Best comes away with it. Shanahan.

:37:32.:37:43.

McCluskey offering himself again. The Scarlets are aware of the danger

:37:44.:37:50.

he poses. Marshall is next in line as they get nearer the Scarlets try

:37:51.:37:55.

line. Working it wide initially through Henderson. Good gains on

:37:56.:38:04.

every occasion by them. Again, they are getting nearer that try line.

:38:05.:38:09.

Disciplined stuff by Ulster. They have rolled up their sleeves up.

:38:10.:38:21.

McCluskey just two metres short. Brown is ready. He gets it.

:38:22.:38:27.

Henderson and up comes the Scarlets defence led by Tom Price. But they

:38:28.:38:32.

have got the ball away from the defenders. They are inching forward.

:38:33.:38:42.

Players like Rory Best and Henderson. They are holding onto

:38:43.:38:51.

possession so well. Trimble is holding his but that is a massive

:38:52.:38:54.

gap between him and Marshall in Centre. That is turned over

:38:55.:39:03.

possession. Have the Scarlets got the courage of their convictions as

:39:04.:39:09.

Mac only as far as Jonathan Davies's effort. Trimble dropped back

:39:10.:39:19.

immediately once the ball was lost. Shanahan to Rory Best, involved as

:39:20.:39:21.

heavily as usual. Ian Henderson has put a shift in as

:39:22.:39:40.

well. They are dragged away from it. Stockdale, seems a long time since

:39:41.:39:46.

he got over for the early try. Such hard work to make any yardage. From

:39:47.:39:52.

both sides. Just a question of keeping possession and not making a

:39:53.:39:57.

mistake. Jackson goes for the gap but the pass wasn't accurate enough.

:39:58.:40:05.

Rob Evans to Dan Jones. That turns again and back goes Ludik. Ulster

:40:06.:40:11.

are backing their half for the first time in a minutes. That is up poor

:40:12.:40:20.

kick. He got away with it. They will settle for that and a breather.

:40:21.:40:25.

Ken Owens did a match saving tackle. He caught Paddy Jackson by the

:40:26.:40:33.

shirt. That'll be his last contribution as a Ryan Elias and Wyn

:40:34.:40:43.

Jones come on. This is the break. He just steps inside, a lovely break.

:40:44.:40:49.

Great tackle. A forward pass there. That is a desperate tackle by Ken

:40:50.:40:55.

Owens. That is what you have to do. You have to look up, see who is in

:40:56.:41:02.

front of you and take it on. He has given everything has Ken Owens. A

:41:03.:41:09.

dozen minutes to go. A charge down into the hands of Marshall.

:41:10.:41:16.

Luke Marshall saves the day. The second line of defence for Ulster

:41:17.:41:26.

and they needed him. Simpson with Icardi. -- the caddie.

:41:27.:41:36.

Taken safely bet lost by Liam Williams.

:41:37.:41:45.

What is interesting and charged us, what this. As Paddy Jackson goes if

:41:46.:41:49.

you know he is going to kick you have always got a chance because the

:41:50.:41:54.

right leg is always near the guy who is charging down. If I knew he was

:41:55.:42:01.

going to kick it that way but the gas on and get to him. If he is

:42:02.:42:06.

kicking the overweight he has the left shoulder and the left hip to

:42:07.:42:07.

get away from the kick. It is a common start. George North

:42:08.:42:20.

does it a lot. If you kick across your body... You could see the

:42:21.:42:31.

pressure they put on. Jonathan Davies is a left footer.

:42:32.:42:38.

The Dragons have beaten Treviso. The ball shot out the side of the

:42:39.:42:48.

scrum. Ulster started their season with

:42:49.:43:30.

five wins on the bounce but they lost the next three. Scarlets did it

:43:31.:43:34.

the other way around. They lost their first three but then had a

:43:35.:43:39.

winning run of seven. McCluskey back to Jackson.

:43:40.:43:50.

Goes for the space that is covered by Aled Davies. He's got plenty of

:43:51.:44:11.

green grass on the far side. The ball spins and Dan Jones sees what

:44:12.:44:15.

is up. The game is opening up in the final

:44:16.:44:26.

ten minutes despite the constant heavy drizzle. The referee is still

:44:27.:44:37.

loath to give penalties in the tackle area.

:44:38.:44:46.

Elias carries well. Timing the run well. James Davies

:44:47.:44:53.

steps off that right foot. Keep it simple, keep it in hand.

:44:54.:45:10.

Elias again. The crowd urging the Scarlets on. Liam Williams writes

:45:11.:45:14.

the charge of Trimble. Eventually they have lost it. Good

:45:15.:45:43.

play. All that builder and they come away

:45:44.:45:49.

with nothing. It is better for the Scarlets, more dynamism and got over

:45:50.:45:50.

the gain line. Anniversaries in the game was

:45:51.:46:03.

breaking up, they were both down to 14 men. Back-up to 15. -- another

:46:04.:46:10.

reason. The familiar features of Tommy Bowe, the leading try scorer

:46:11.:46:16.

in the league's yesterday. Steff Hughes has come on for Liam

:46:17.:46:21.

Williams. Steff Hughes, straight on that far wing.

:46:22.:46:27.

Liam Williams is not happy being pulled. -- off.

:46:28.:46:50.

Time is against Ulster. They are back in their own 22.

:46:51.:47:10.

Simpson flat on the floor. Jackson gets the ball away and the Scarlets

:47:11.:47:21.

will see that out of play. It will take up a bit more time for them.

:47:22.:47:33.

The Scarlets need to kill the game now.

:47:34.:47:43.

Steff Evans following Davis's kick. It is James Davies. Trimble, very

:47:44.:48:12.

brave and that the high ball. They will have to use possession wisely

:48:13.:48:16.

now, Ulster, with only five minutes remaining. Shanahan seeing if he can

:48:17.:48:26.

get in the stake from Scarlets. They have held them up again. The

:48:27.:48:35.

right corner now. Over Marshall's had full stop Elias has carried

:48:36.:48:44.

strongly in the five minutes he has been on the field.

:48:45.:48:51.

Still on a knife edge. They have been two draws between the two teams

:48:52.:49:02.

in Llanelli. McNichol was nowhere near that one. Picked up and taken

:49:03.:49:08.

over the touchline by Steff Evans. The Scarlets have up their game in

:49:09.:49:23.

the second half, in the final quarter in particular. Different

:49:24.:49:29.

change of tactics. They have won the aerial battle. They have changed

:49:30.:49:33.

their game in the second half. The main talking points was that yellow

:49:34.:49:37.

card, the decision was brave to go for the touchline and they got the

:49:38.:49:42.

penalty try. That seemed to spark them to live. They have got to try

:49:43.:49:47.

and hang on in because Ulster are going to throw everything at them.

:49:48.:49:55.

Scarlets trying to keep Ulster's ball-carriers on their feet but they

:49:56.:49:56.

have gone to ground. It has been a busy evening of

:49:57.:50:08.

dealing with high balls from the back three.

:50:09.:50:19.

The scrum halves have put in so many kicks this evening, totally

:50:20.:50:26.

understandable under the conditions. They don't want to do that,

:50:27.:50:31.

Scarlets. They need to keep it tight and they have given possession away.

:50:32.:50:40.

Marshall tries to pin them back. The Scarlets now will be living on their

:50:41.:50:44.

nerves. I can't believe he has looked

:50:45.:50:50.

uncertain under the high ball. You would have peppered the full-back

:50:51.:50:52.

under the conditions. That loose pass cost the Scarlets.

:50:53.:50:59.

They have got to do the line-out and clear it.

:51:00.:51:10.

The loss against the Ospreys, the only one in nine for the Scarlets.

:51:11.:51:18.

Just one win, two wins, Sally, for Ulster. Aled Davies. He puts it

:51:19.:51:29.

safely out of play. That was a good kick.

:51:30.:51:34.

He has made a difference since coming on, Aled Davies. You could

:51:35.:51:36.

see Gareth Davies was injured. Ulster on 32 points, Scarlets on 36

:51:37.:51:53.

before this evening. But Ulster have played one game less. Price wins the

:51:54.:52:03.

Ulster feral but they have lost it again.

:52:04.:52:05.

It is like a bad of soap. Hang on. Who knocked on their? Now

:52:06.:52:23.

then, a scrum for Ulster. I would like to see the incident actually. I

:52:24.:52:30.

thought is less back from the line-out.

:52:31.:52:36.

I thought so too. There is the tap back. Let's have a look. It is

:52:37.:52:45.

difficult to see from that angle because the assistant referee has

:52:46.:52:49.

got to see from the other side. He has judged it to knock it on. This

:52:50.:52:56.

is it, do or die to see if the Scarlets can hang on. Can they have

:52:57.:53:05.

win number nine? A penalty would draw Ulster level and a tribe would

:53:06.:53:10.

sneak it for them. They have not had any point in the second half,

:53:11.:53:22.

Ulster. They have dropped the ball. The Scarlets looked to have done

:53:23.:53:30.

just enough as Ludik keeps it alive. Trimble, the captain, trying to

:53:31.:53:37.

conjure something. Reidy is back on the field after ten minutes. He

:53:38.:53:42.

should not have been in the sin bin, but neither should Jake Ball.

:53:43.:53:58.

Masoe looks for the quick pass but it is over the far side. --

:53:59.:54:07.

Marshall. The Scarlets have hung on. It might have been a controversial

:54:08.:54:12.

decision but the home crowd are delighted. A hard fought effectively

:54:13.:54:17.

for the Scarlets. Victor Li number nine in a close game. They did just

:54:18.:54:27.

enough to sneak home by 16-13. I thought Ulster word in control of

:54:28.:54:33.

the game and that's one decision cost Ulster the game, I felt. I felt

:54:34.:54:40.

it was a brave call. I am not sure it was the right call by the

:54:41.:54:44.

referee. But they've got the result and it is a hard fought game. The

:54:45.:54:49.

Scarlets will take that result. It keeps them open air but Ulster will

:54:50.:54:53.

be disappointed because they dominated most of the game, their

:54:54.:54:58.

kicking game was better. The addition of Aled Davies and their

:54:59.:55:02.

kicking game was better in the second half.

:55:03.:55:07.

They will be delighted. All of Ulster's points came in the first

:55:08.:55:13.

half. The new laws regarding high tackles worked for the Scarlets in

:55:14.:55:17.

the end and went Aled Davies try to speak over, Sean Reidy was not just

:55:18.:55:25.

penalised and yellow carded. The penalty try was the difference in

:55:26.:55:30.

the end. Dan Jones converted that add three penalties from him and

:55:31.:55:34.

that was just enough for the Scarlets because they kept a clean

:55:35.:55:40.

sheet in the second half and wait as Ulster were in control of the first

:55:41.:55:45.

half, Scarlets had enough control to see it home in the end and that by a

:55:46.:55:47.

margin of 16-13. What a pity victor that was for the

:55:48.:55:58.

Scarlets. Just the two tries, one in each half. Stop them going over for

:55:59.:56:03.

all stay in the first-half and this by Aled Davies. He was not awarded

:56:04.:56:10.

the try. Sean Reidy was yellow carded for the high tackle. A

:56:11.:56:14.

controversial decision and we saw another yellow card within moments,

:56:15.:56:19.

Jake Ball seeing yellow as well. Did not matter, Scarlets clung on for

:56:20.:56:24.

the victory. Man of the match is with Phil Steele. You are the man of

:56:25.:56:34.

the match. Well done. How hard was that.

:56:35.:56:42.

It was nonstop. It was very pretty. It was like schoolboy rugby. And

:56:43.:56:48.

chase the ball. It was hard to hold onto. We did awesome to come back.

:56:49.:56:54.

If you get behind it is hard to claw your way back. I have to ask you

:56:55.:56:59.

about the two yellow cards, do you have some sympathy with the boys who

:57:00.:57:07.

got the yellow? Yes. It isn't for me to say, it is one we knew they had

:57:08.:57:16.

changed the rule. They were pretty harsh. Still in the top four, well

:57:17.:57:21.

done. The results we saw the Dragons won.

:57:22.:57:24.

Babies Dragons. We haven't got a great deal of time

:57:25.:57:44.

left. I guess the talking points were that yellow card. How fortunate

:57:45.:57:49.

with the Scarlets to get the Windows Mac they got the field position and

:57:50.:57:53.

the try. Unfortunately, it isn't what we want is even stop both

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yellow cards were harsh. We will talk about "A much more detail but a

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win is a win. -- the yellow cards. They will be happy with that. A

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great victory for the Scarlets, a revenge for the defeat in September.

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They are still forth and be in contention for those end of season

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play-offs. We will see you on Sunday at 5:30pm for Scrum V.

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Ross Harries presents coverage of Scarlets v Ulster from the Parc y Scarlets.