Scarlets v Glasgow Warriors
In a closely fought encounter at the Parc y Scarlets, the Warriors lost 19-9, only their second defeat of the season, ahead of next week’s match at home to Newport Gwent Dragons. On Ali Price’s debut, the game was tight throughout and at the break Scarlets led 9-3 with Pete Horne kicking Glasgow’s solitary penalty.
In the second period, Glasgow managed to draw level after the introduction of Niko Matawalu but Scarlets made it 12-9 before notching a late converted try to seal the 19-9 victory.
Townsend named scrum-half Price in his starting line-up for the first time, along with Zander Fagerson. Glenn Bryce, brother of hooker Kevin, was also give a place on the bench and made his debut in the second half.
Scarlets made a late change to their line-up with Steve Shingler moving to 13 while Rhys Priestland started the match.
Scarlets began the game brightly and took the lead after Steve Shingler tapped over a simple penalty.
Horne immediately returned the favour though to level the scores.
Shingler's second penalty soon re-took the lead for Scarlets.
A third Shingler effort, this his longest yet, sailed between the posts on 26 minutes before the Warriors soon began to build up a head of steam, only for a knock-on to halt a string of powerful phases in the opposition half.
A quickly-taken penalty from Davies had Glasgow under pressure shortly before the break but Gareth Owen couldn’t quite collect the final pass by the left-hand corner flag as Scarlets settled for a six-point lead at half time.
Peter Murchie streaked his way into the Scarlets half shortly after the break and chipped towards the try line but full-back Evans was deemed to have illegally halted the resulting chase.
The visitors were awarded a penalty, which Horne duly slotted and the fly-half drew his side level on the hour mark after some powerful forward momentum.
Scarlets were soon back in front though when Shingler nudged Scarlets ahead from the tee and the centre soon thought he was over for the opening try but the Warriors were resilient in defence.
With three minutes left Glasgow’s defensive line was finally breached when Rory Pitman shoved his way over before Shingler converted, which proved to be the last action on the scoreboard