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Scarlets worthy winners - Owens

Scarlets skipper Ken Owens was delighted with the way his side came back from behind to win their first LV= Cup match of the campaign.

The hosts battled from 13-6 at the interval to topple London Irish 27-18 at Parc y Scarlets, although both teams cannot now qualify for the knockout stages.

"It was a tough game," Owens said. "We started pretty well but we couldn't get a foothold into the game. There was a bit of error that crept into our game and we went down to 13 men (Owens and Steven Shingler were yellow-carded in the space of a minute).

"We did well in the second half and got our rewards. The boys put a big shift in and we said before the game that there are places up for grabs for the rest of the season."

It was Owens' first game since September after he suffered a neck injury, and he was thrilled to get nearly a full game on his return.

"I've got plenty to work on over the next few weeks but it was good to get that initial hit-out," he said.

"I haven't been selected in the (Wales) Six Nations squad and there are three very good hookers who have been. It's up to me try to regain my spot at some stage during the season."

London Irish coach Richard Whiffin said his side only had themselves to blame for the defeat.

"We were the masters of our own downfall, to be honest," he said.

"We did well in the first half and they were down to 13 men, but we went away from our game-plan in the second half and we just weren't able to control the middle third of the field.

"It didn't help that we made individual errors and some of those were from our more experienced players.

"We took our foot off the gas and allowed the Scarlets back into the game."


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