The Ospreys U16s were left dejected as the Scarlets edged a tight encounter in the West Wales derby at Llangennech RFC last night.
With the Eyasses openside Ben Davies in the sin bin, the Scarlets capitalised on their one man advantage to grab what proved to be the winning try through substitute, Harry Randall.
It was tit for tat throughout the first half with both defences refusing to give an inch. Matthew Aubrey gave the Eyasses an early lead with a nicely struck three-pointer but they found themselves level at the break as Scarlets fullback, Jack Evans replied with a penalty of his own.
The young Ospreys were down to 14 men and had a lot to do with their tight-head, Sam Matthews shown a yellow card.Evans took advantage of the visitors ill-discipline to put the home team into the lead for the first time in the match early in the second half, giving the Scarlets a three-point cushion.
Only three points were conceded in the ten minutes that the Eyasses were depleted but again, they found themselves on the back foot as this time, Davies found himself in the bin. The Eyasses couldn’t withstand another ten minutes of Scarlet’s onslaughts as Randall grabbed the all-important score for his team, converted by Evans, to round off a 13-3 win.
The Eyasses can be proud of their efforts, playing for a quarter of the game with a man less than their opponents. The young Ospreys will hope to pick themselves up for the crucial clash against Blues South next week.