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Scarlets' James Davies scores a try during the European Champions Cup Pool Three match at Parc y Scarlets. Llanelli

Scarlets' James Davies scores a try during the European Champions Cup Pool Three match at Parc y Scarlets. Llanelli

Scarlets' James Davies scores a try during the European Champions Cup Pool Three match at Parc y Scarlets. Llanelli

James Davies scored a late try as Scarlets beat Ulster 22-13 at Parc y Scarlets to keep their chances alive of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions Cup.

With Rhys Priestland kicking 17 points Scarlets have gone second in Pool Three with games against Toulon and Leicester remaining in January.

Ulster could only manage a losing bonus point despite a Darren Cave try, two penalties from Ruan Pienaar and a conversion from Ian Humphreys. Ulster centre Luke Marshall returned after recovering from a knee injury sustained playing for the Ulster Ravens in October.

Scarlets opened up a 6-0 lead through two Priestland penalties, the first after Franco van der Merwe was penalised at a line-out and another when Ulster hands slowed ball at a ruck.

Another useful attack from the home side forced Van der Merwe offside as Priestland made it three out of three.

It was 12-0 after 33 minutes as Priestland found the target again after Rory Best handled at a ruck.

It took Ulster only 90 seconds after the restart to break their duck, with Luke Marshall and Darren Cave combining for Cave to go in under the posts and Humphreys converting.

Scarlets got on the scoreboard next with a Priestland penalty to take the home side into a 15-7 lead on 61 minutes.

Referee Doyle lost his patience with the Ulster scrum and sin-binned tight-head prop Declan Fitzpatrick on 65 minutes.

But Pienaar kicked two penalties, one from close to halfway, in the space of three minutes to cut the deficit to only two points.

However, on 76 minutes Pienaar missed a third penalty which would have given Ulster the lead.

And the contest but was put to bed two minutes from time when flanker Davies intercepted from an Ulster scrum to go over under the posts, Priestland adding the points.


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