A superb second-half performance from Scarlets, where they out-scored Connacht 24 points to three securing a bonus point win, has helped the Welsh side maintain their 100 per cent start to the RaboDirectPRO 12 league.
Though Connacht centre Eoin Griffin scored the games opening try and Miah Nikora kicked a penalty and conversion to deservedly lead 8-0 at the break, Scarlets showed why they are top of the table by scoring three tries in a 11 minute phase that Connacht would like to forget about.
Scarlets full-back Jordan Williams scored either side of a George North try as the visitors increased the tempo of the game right from the start of the second period. Rhys Priestland’s kicking was abject to say the least all day but a stunned Connacht were finding it hard to get any possession or territory in those early stages and could not recoup the deficit.
The Irish province pushed on looking to close in on Scarlets six point lead as the minutes ticked down. Nikora kicked another penalty but when he threw a wayward pass in the dying seconds Jonathan Davies intercepted and ran the length of the field to secure the bonus point win for Scarlets.
Afterwards Connacht Head Coach Eric Elwood cursed the missed tackles and described the loss as devastating for his players. “Missed tackles cost us tries and the lads are down there and they’re devastated we lot the ‘losing’ bonus point”.
He also pointed to the ten minute period at the start of the second-half. “That ten minute period really killed us. We controlled the first 40 minutes and the fact they didn’t have to work for their four tries is really disappointing. If we had gotten a score before or after their (Scarlets) first try, we’d still be in it instead of chasing them towards the end”.
Connacht has now failed to win at home since April and next up for Elwood’s men is an away trip to Glasgow Warriors.