WALES fullback Liam Williams made his first appearance since the World Cup as the Pro12 leaders Scarlets slipped to defeat at Connacht.
The home side ended a run of four straight Pro12 defeats with a bonus-point victory after two yellow cards in the second half cost the visitors.
Connacht lead 13-0 at half-time thanks to two tries from Jake Heenan as they exploited scrum dominance.
A DTH van der Merwe score cut Connacht’s lead to 13-10 but another line-out drive saw Denis Buckley touch down after two Scarlets sin-binning’s.
Rodney Ah You’s try sealed Connacht’s bonus point before Gareth Owen’s late reply.
Connacht’s win moves them level on points with the Scarlets but Edinburgh could move top later on Saturday if they win away to Cardiff Blues.
Jack Carty’s early penalty put Connacht ahead before the home fly half’s superb kick for the corner set up Heenan’s first try in the 22nd-minute.
Heenan’s crucial second try in the 38th minute was a carbon copy and gave Connacht a massive boost as they prepared to face into a strong wind in the second period.
The Scarlets looked to be right back in the game within five minutes of the restart as Van der Merwe finished off an excellent move but Aled Thomas’ knock-on straight from the restart gave the momentum back to Connacht.
Carty slotted a penalty before Scarlets forwards Phil John and Tom Price were both sin-binned.
With the Scarlets reduced to 13 players, man of the match Buckley notched a third line-out maul try for Connacht and Ah You’s touchdown in the 65th minute secured the home team’s bonus point.
Owen’s 74th-minute try, converted by Thomas, gave the Scarlets a late opportunity to chase a losing bonus point but Connacht held on to move level on points with the Welsh outfit.
Three in a row for Kidwelly
KIDWELLY Town earned their third straight win in Carmarthenhire League Division 1 on Saturday (Oct 16) as they came from behind to beat Tumble 4-1.
Tumble had lost their last three matches prior to Saturday’s game and it was they who took the lead when Garin Morris scored in the tenth minute.
Chris Cray equalised for Kidwelly and it remained 1-1 until half time.
Both sides knew the next goal would be crucial but it was the home side who got it as Rob Davis set up Alex Kay to score.
And just a minute later it was 3-1 as Connor Howells scored.
That all but won the game for the home side who made sure of the points in injury time as Kay fired in his second goal of the game from the penalty spot.
Their fourth win of the season sees them stay in eighth place but they are now only three points behind third placed FC Carmarthen.
On Saturday, October 23, Kidwelly travel to Llangennech who sit just a point and two places above them in the table.
Photo by Darren Harries
Llangennech youth go top
LLANGENNECH Youth moved to the top of the South East Carmarthenshire league on Saturday (Oct 16) as they thrashed Ammanford 47-0.
The home side ran in seven tries, six of which were converted, as they earned a third bonus point win in a row.
Rhys Harris scored a hat trick of tries and Kyle North also crossed the whitewash twice.
There were also tries for Ryan Guard and Kallum Morgan as the home side ran out comfortable winners.
Cameron Mills scored four of the conversion while the other two were scored by Tyler Payne.
The win sees Llangennech leapfrog Ammanford into top spot.
Llangennech will look to keep hold of their 100% record on Saturday, October 23, when they travel to Brynamman.
Photo by Darren Harries
Felinfoel thump Llandeilo
FELINFOEL continued their unbeaten start to the season as they thumped Llandeilo Town 8-1 on Saturday (Oct 16).
Jordan Badman opened the scoring for the home side after six minutes but their lead only lasted eight minutes.
Harri Morgan set up Will Garrard to score but Felinfoel were soon ahead once more.
Badman scored his second of the game midway through the half before Chris James made it 3-1 from the penalty spot.
Seven minutes into the second half Badman made it 4-1 as he completed his hat trick to all but end any hopes Llandeilo had of getting back into the game.
Tom Roberts scored three minutes later and four minutes after that it was six as Badman scored his fourth of the game.
Matthew Ellis scored with twenty minutes to go and the scoring was complete nine minutes from time as Lloyd Francis made it 8-1.
The win for Felinfoel is their ninth in ten games and maintains their unbeaten start to the season.
On Saturday, October 23, they will put their unbeaten run on the line again as they travel to fifth placed Pwll Athletic.
Photo by Darren Harries
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