Scarlets sweat on Priestland injury
December 8, 2012
Rhys Priestland is stretchered off the field © PA Photos
The Scarlets are facing an anxious wait as they determine the severity of the injury Rhys Priestland sustained against the Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.
Priestland slipped early in the second half at the Parc y Scarlets and was taken from the field on a stretcher before sitting in the stand later wearing a protective boot. Wales are already sweating on Cardiff Blues duo Jamie Roberts and Leigh Halfpenny's fitness in the run up to the 2013 Six Nations and if Priestland's injury is serious, then he could miss their opener against Ireland on February 2.
Scarlets boss Simon Easterby seemed anxious about Priestland's prognosis saying: "He has got an Achilles injury. We won't know the extent of that until he has a scan. But it didn't look good."
The Scarlets lost the match 22-16 and the Chiefs emerged with their first win in the Heineken Cup. And Exeter coach Rob Baxter was delighted for his team as he saw them bounce back after defeats to Leinster and Clermont Auvergne.
"It's our first Heineken Cup win. Nice to collect some points and do it on the road against the Scarlets who have a fantastic Heineken Cup tradition," Baxter said. "We came into the season saying we wanted to compete in the Heineken Cup and we did that pretty well in the first couple of games.
"The next thing on the line was to force a win. It wasn't the greatest game of rugby but I think we did enough to win the arm wrestle. We wanted to come into the competition giving a good account of ourselves. Ultimately this [the Heineken Cup] is a big learning curve as a club."
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