Wednesday 22 November 2017

Scarlets left to rue Stoddart red

Clermont Auvergne 49
Scarlets 16

Morgan Stoddart's first-half red card saw a spirited Scarlets challenge end in a comprehensive defeat at Clermont Auvergne.

The Welsh side were more than competitive for the first 37 minutes at the Stade Marcel Michelin, but Stoddart's dismissal for a second yellow effectively ended their hopes of a heroic Heineken Cup upset.

The scores were level at 13-13 when the Wales wing -- who was making just his second appearance since a 15-month injury lay-off -- saw red, but last season's beaten semi-finalists ran away with game after that to secure a comprehensive bonus-point success.

Jon Davies' early try was the highlight for the Scarlets but Clermont crossed for six scores of their own, with Damien Chouly, Lee Byrne, Julien Bonnaire, Napolioni Nalaga and a penalty try adding to Sitiveni Sivivatu's first-half score. Stoddart received his first yellow card for a cynical offside on the quarter-hour mark and three minutes before the break he saw yellow for the second time for failing to roll away after making a tackle just yards from his own line.

The Scarlets refused to lie down but they couldn't cope with Clermont's attacking power and fell to a heavy loss.

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