Scarlets pick up Brive double
January 23, 2010
Stephen Jones kicked 10 points for the Scarlets
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Tries from lock Damian Welch and wing Morgan Stoddart helped the Scarlets to a 20-17 victory over Brive, securing second spot in Heineken Cup Pool 6 and an excellent double over their French rivals. Stephen Jones slotted two penalties and two conversions for a 10-point haul.
The Scarlets have now ensured their place in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup by beating London Irish to second spot in the Pool.
Brive took the unusual move of playing England hooker Steve Thompson at No.8, while Andy Goode and Riki Flutey both started in a side captained by former Scarlets flanker Alix Popham.
The lead went to Brive as Goode kicked for the corner and hooker Jean-Philippe Bonrepaux burrowed over for the opening try. Horacio Agulla doubled the home side's advantage as the dominated the early stages, but the Scarlets fought back first through the boot of Jones and then when Heineken Cup debutant Welch crossed in the corner following strong link play by Martin Roberts, Jonathan Davies and Andrew Fenby.
The visitors were ahead early in the second-half when Daniel Evans countered from deep. He offloaded to Wales centre Davies. Jones continued the move and slotted an inch-perfect grubber into space for Stoddart to score.
Josh Turnbull saw yellow for a professional foul and the Scarlets were immediately punished as Flutey's well-judged offload sent Ronnie Cooke under the posts.Luciano Orquera converted and Lou Reed became the second Scarlets forward to be binned, although Jones came to their rescue with long-range penalty that took him past 800 points in the Heineken Cup.
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