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Scarlets thrash Treviso

The Scarlets bounced back from their hammering at the hands of Leinster with a seven-try, 43-0 thumping of hapless Treviso at Parc y Scarlets.

The home side dominated a one-sided contest from the whistle to give new coach Wayne Pivac a first Guinness Pro12 victory of his tenure.

As for Treviso, after a mass exodus over the summer, they were a shadow of their former selves and on this evidence face a long, hard season.

The Scarlets were in front inside the second minute.

Treviso ambitiously tried to play out from deep, were turned over and, after a number of phases from the home side, hooker Emyr Phillips - making his 100th regional appearance - raced over from the 22-metre line.

The Scarlets enjoyed the bulk of possession and territory in the opening exchanges and it was no surprise when their second try arrived after 15 minutes.

From an attacking line-out, slick work from lock Joe Snyman and flanker Aaron Shingler allowed scrum-half Gareth Davies just enough room to dive in at the corner and, although Priestland missed with the conversion, his side were already in firm control.

A couple of ambitious off-loads cost the Scarlets further tries and it saw Treviso grow into the contest as the half progressed with Italy centre Michele Campagnaro a threat in midfield.

With Wales lock Jake Ball, number eight Rory Pitman and prop Rob Evans putting in plenty of hard yards, the Scarlets pack were gaining plenty of front-foot ball - in sharp contrast to the 42-12 defeat in Dublin the previous week.

And it was the pack who set up the West Walians' third try just before half-time.

Treviso had the put-in at a scrum on their own 22, but a powerful surge by the home eight saw the ball shoot out and the ever-alert Davies hacked through and showed great pace to win the race to the touchdown for his second of the match.

Priestland's conversion made it 19-0 at half-time and Treviso's misery increased four minutes after the restart when number eight Matt Luamanu was sin-binned for attempting to slow down another home offensive.

That prompted the floodgates to open, with the Scarlets running in three tries in rapid time.

Wales full-back Liam Williams raced over after a fine miss pass from wing Harry Robinson, then from the restart man of the match Aaron Shingler rampaged upfield before Snyman finished off from close range.

With the Treviso defence all at sea, Liam Williams cut inside for the Scarlets' sixth try of the evening, before making way as Pivac rung the changes.

But the home side were not done there, as centre Gareth Owen dived over out wide for try number seven to complete a comfortable night for the Welsh region.

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