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Priestland claims Scarlets draw

Rhys Priestland scored a last-gasp penalty to hand Scarlets a 16-16 RaboDirect Pro12 draw against Zebre at Stadio XXV Aprile.

The Italian side thought they were on their way to their first victory in the competition when Luciano Orquera put them three points ahead after 77 minutes, but Priestland hit back at the death to claim a share of the spoils.

Scarlets took the lead through a Steven Shingler penalty just four minutes in after he was given the spot at fly-half in place of Priestland.

But the home side went ahead as Italy international Gonzalo Garcia crossed over with a well-finished try after 15 minutes, to which Tommaso Iannone added a conversion.

Iannone put Zebre further ahead with a penalty midway through the first half to atone for an earlier missed effort.

The Scarlets hit back with a try of their own through Gareth Davies approaching the half-hour mark and Shingler added the extras for a 10-10 half-time score.

Both sides took a while to get going after the break and Scarlets coach Simon Easterby brought Priestland off the bench along with Sione Timani and Wales international Rhodri Williams in a bid to get more points on the board.

But it was the home side that went ahead as Iannone struck his second penalty of the match after 66 minutes.

Priestland levelled matters seven minutes later before Orquera thought he had won it for Zebre - only for Priestland's last-minute equaliser.

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