Thursday 24 August 2017

Last-gasp Shingler breaks Reds' hearts

Scarlets 25 Munster 22

Scarlets players celebrate after the final whistle
Scarlets players celebrate after the final whistle
Munster's Ian Keatley is tackled by Samson Lee and James Davies, Scarlets.

Rob Cole

Two minutes into injury time at a ruck near halfway, replacement Munster prop James Cronin committed the ultimate sin of giving away a needless penalty.

Up stepped Steve Shingler and over went the 48-metre penalty that snatched victory for the Scarlets with the last kick of the game.

It meant the Welsh region overtook Munster at the top of the Guinness Pro12 table as they matched their best winning streak of all-time with nine.

It wasn't pretty, but it was never going to be in the rain that decided to turn Parc y Scarlets into a skating rink and the ball a bar of soap, but from Anthony Foley's point of view it was probably wasn't as ugly a performance as it may have seemed. The Munster scrum got the upper hand, with Dave Kilcoyne in top form, while Mark Chisholm ruled the roost at the line-out.

The Aussie helped Munster steal four home throws in the first half. Ian Keatley had to be rushed into the starting line-up when Tyler Bleyendaal pulled up lame in the warm-up and he helped himself to 17 points to initially give his side a 10 points lead and then steer them back in front in the closing stages.

Two penalties and a conversion of Andrew Conway's kick and chase try made it 13-6 to the visitors at the break, but tries early in the second half from Canadian World Cup star DTH van der Merwe and Tom Williams brought Scarlets on level terms at 16-16. It then moved to 19-19 and finally 22-22 before Shingler held his nerve.

Scarlets - A Thomas; H Parkes, R King, G Owen (T Williams 41), DTH van der Merwe; S Shingler, R Williams (G Davies 52); P John (D Evans 67), K Owens (captain), S Lee (P Edwards 49), J Ball, T Price (G Earle 65), L Rawlins (J Condy 55), J Davies, J Barclay

Yellow Card: T Williams 55

Munster - A Conway; S Fitzgerald (R O'Mahony 59), D Johnston, D Hurley, G van den Heever; I Keatley, C Sheridan (T O'Leary 51); D Kilcoyne (J Cronin 51), D Casey (N Scannell 74), BJ Botha, R Copeland (S Buckley 72), M Chisholm, D O'Callaghan, J Coghlan (D Foley 51), CJ Stander (captain)

Ref - G Conway (IRFU)

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