Pi­vac fumes as Scar­lets faulter in the fi­nal quar­ter

The Rugby Paper - - Pro14 - By GARY HEATLY

SCAR­LETS head coach Wayne Pi­vac was not a happy man af­ter his side threw away their lead against Ed­in­burgh on Fri­day night.

The Welsh side led 21-17 af­ter 49 min­utes but they let Ed­in­burgh back in with No.8 Vil­iame Mata and wing Tom Brown both scor­ing try-dou­bles.

“We should have kicked on when we went ahead,” Pi­vac said. “In­stead we let Ed­in­burgh score a try when they had 14 men and then made silly er­rors with ball in hand for the rest of the match.”

Op­po­site num­ber Richard Cock­er­ill, miss­ing 22 of his squad through in­jury or Scot­land duty, said: “Given the play­ers we were miss­ing I am proud of the team’s ef­forts to get this win.”

Ed­in­burgh took the lead when Fijian Mata pow­ered over in the eighth minute. Si­mon Hickey con­verted.

Dan Evans missed a penalty for Scar­lets and on 12 min­utes there was a long stop­page when Scar­lets back row Blade Thom­son was knocked out when his head con­nected with an op­po­nent’s knee.

When play re­sumed it was his team who lev­elled things up. A nice move saw winger Mor­gan Wil­liams go in on the left and Evans nailed the con­ver­sion to make it 7-7.

War­riors re­gained the lead 10 min­utes later, Mata go­ing close again be­fore wing Tom Brown straight­ened up and made it over the try line.

Hickey missed the con­ver­sion, but six min­utes later a floated pass by Ed­in­burgh skip­per Henry Pyr­gos saw Brown in for his sec­ond try.

Scar­lets closed the gap to three points at the break, cen­tre Paul Asquith latch­ing onto a neat Jones kick to score.

Scar­lets s grew in con­fi­dence and with Ed­in­burgh on the back foot, Hickey was yel­low carded for not re­leas­ing in the tackle.

Scar­lets took ad­van­tage with full-back Johnny Mc­Ni­choll go­ing over for a con­verted try in the 49th minute.

But Ed­in­burgh dug in and man­aged to score the bonus point try when still down to 14 men, loose­head prop Pierre Schoe­man go­ing over with Juan Pablo So­cino con­vert­ing for 24-21.

Scar­lets prop Si­mon Gar­diner was yel­low carded for a re­peat team of­fences and Mata’s sec­ond try made the win safe.

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