A first-half Rhys Patchell masterclass saw Scarlets cruise into this year’s Guinness PRO14 final after securing a straight-forward 13-28 victory over the Glasgow Warriors in Scotstoun.
Patchell opened the scoring for his side as he drifted across the pitch and excellently burst through a gap in the Glasgow defence. He converted his own score to give his side a 0-7 lead.
Finn Russell got three points back for Glasgow but that was as good as their first half showing got as Scarlets put the foot on the pedal for the remainder of the half. Gareth Davies and Rob Evans both crossed the whitewash for the Welsh side and Patchell kicked both conversions to give his side a 3-21 lead at the break.
A yellow card for Nick Grigg at the beginning of the second-half compounded the problems which Glasgow were experiencing and Scarlets punished them immediately as Ken Owens crossed over from a powerful rolling maul. Patchell converted with ease and the Scarlets were cruising.
Glasgow did hit back with tries from Jonny Gray and Nick Grigg but it was too little too late as Dave Rennie’s side leave the competition at the last-four stage.
There was no shortage of impressive performances from the Scarlets but Patchell stood out above all as his excellent decision making, passing and kicking guided his side to victory.
The Scarlets will defend their title next weekend at the Aviva Stadium against either Leinster or Munster who face off at the RDS on Saturday afternoon.