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Scarlets continue red-hot form

The Scarlets rocketed towards the Magners League summit as they stormed to a 27-14 victory over the Dragons in Newport.

Three first half tries from George North, Jonathan Davies and Matthew Rees plus nine points from the boot of Stephen Jones gave Scarlets a comfortable 24-3 lead at the break.

A Will Harries second-half try and three penalties from Matthew Jones kept Dragons in touch but Stephen Jones had the final say with another penalty as Scarlets eased to victory.

Davies set up the opening try for wing North before picking the ball up on the Dragons' 10-metre line and surging to the posts to score despite the attentions of despairing tacklers Harries and Adam Hughes.

Welsh hooker Rees piled on the agony for the Dragons as he scrambled on the floor for the third try from a few metres but only after referee James Jones had consulted with video official Neil Ballard.

Scarlets' defence was rock solid and allowed the Dragons nothing but the home side did not make it easy for themselves when flanker Robin Sowden-Taylor was sin-binned for a ruck offence.

However, Scarlets gave the Dragons a two-man advantage for 13 minutes of the second half when first Davies and then Rees were sent to the sin-bin.

And, although the Dragons managed to grab two penalties despite trailing by 21 points in that period - skipper Tom Willis strangely asking Matthew Jones to boot a 15-metre shot when a scrum would have been better - it should have been more.

Scarlets went down to 14 men with a third sin-bin of the game, this time scrum-half Tavis Knoyle yellow carded.

This time, the Dragons did make it count as a neat move saw centre Tom Riley put Harries over in the left corner to make it 24-14 but Stephen Jones kicked an easy penalty for a 13-point lead - which was enough for Scarlets.


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