Bath vs Scarlets, Champions Cup

Bath vs Scarlets, Champions Cup

Bath vs Scarlets, Champions Cup

The Scarlets boosted their chances of reaching the European Champions Cup quarter-finals by displacing Bath at the top of Pool 5 with an emphatic 35-17 triumph at The Rec. The Scarlets, meanwhile, will battle it out with Toulon in what is sure to be a fascinating climax to the group stage.

A Dan Jones penalty made it 22-0 to the visitors at the break, and it soon got worse for Bath as Rhys Patchell's grubber was superbly finished off by Scott Williams for the bonus point.

Bath dominated initial territory, but they suffered a major injury blow when their Wales worldwide fly-half and former Scarlets number 10 Rhys Priestland limped off.

Priestland, who kicked all of Bath's points when they beat the Scarlets in west Wales three months ago, departed just four minutes into the contest and was replaced by Burns.

Bath vs Scarlets, Champions Cup

Pre-match omens also, look to be in Bath's favour as 21-year-old wünderkind flanker Sam Underhill returns to action for the first time after suffering a concussion in England's autumn global victory against Australia.

John Barclay was sin-binned but the extra man did no Bath no favours as Paul Asquith dived over in the corner for Scarlets' second try and Hadleigh Parkes added a third under the posts.

The first score in the second half was going to be vital and there was no let-up from the Scarlets.

Another Jones penalty took the Scarlets past 30 points and, despite Bath belatedly stirring through Mercer's touchdown, it was a case of way too little, too late as the Welsh side comfortably closed out a comprehensive success.

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