​In Rewind: Scarlets

​In Rewind: Scarlets

We take a look back at three classic results against Conference B rivals Scarlets ahead of Saturday's encounter at BT Murrayfield.

Edinburgh 24-23 Scarlets – A late try from Toolis seals narrow victory

When Scarlets visited BT Murrayfield in February 2016, Edinburgh were searching for a vital win to keep their play-off hopes alive after losing three on the trot.

The first half was a blizzard of scoring. Blair Kinghorn and Thomas traded penalties before Phil Burleigh landed the first significant blow of the day when he scampered through a weak Scarlets defence to score under the posts.

With Blair Kinghorn and Thomas trading penalties, the home side fell behind when Scarlets capitalised on a reckless offload from Cornell du Preez

Kinghorn kept Edinburgh alive with another penalty, displaying the kind of accuracy that Thomas lacked. Scarlets were playing with pace and accuracy and when openside Davies went over for his team's second try it was just reward for their dominance.

Scarlets motored on and scored again before the half was up. This time it was Evans who went over. King's classy touches in the build-up were too much for Edinburgh’s defence and the visitors had a handsome, and deserved, 10-point lead.

The home side plugged the gaps in their defence however, and following a series of penalties from Kinghorn, they took the lead when Magnus Bradbury carried hard to the Scarlets line for Toolis to drive over a few phases later – sealing a vital one-point win at BT Murayfield.

Edinburgh 52-14 Scarlets – Richard Cockerill’s side score eight in BT Murrayfield try-fest

Edinburgh moved closer to sealing their first-ever Guinness PRO14 play-off berth as they scored eight tries to seal what was their biggest win of the season in April 2018.

Blair Kinghorn, Duhan van der Merwe, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne and Magnus Bradbury crossed the whitewash to earn the capital side a bonus point inside 24 minutes.

Scarlets struck back before the break through Tom Varndell and Dan Jones, but Van der Merwe claimed his second, then Luke Crosbie, Mark Bennett, Nathan Fowles scored as Edinburgh strengthened proved too much for their depleted Conference B rivals.

Edinburgh weaved some lovely attacking rugby in the opening half, with the big-striding Kinghorn the fulcrum, and each of an all-new midfield trio contributing to three of their four tries.

Hidalgo-Clyne, revelling in the fizz and tempo of the home attack, converted both tries.

And despite Scarlets spending long periods inside Edinburgh's 22, it was the hosts who rounded off their victory in style.

Bennett powerfully finished Duncan Weir's jinking break, then Nathan Fowles scurried over from a short line-out to seal an impressive win at BT Murrayfield.

Edinburgh 31-21 Scarlets – Big Bill inspires bonus point win

Edinburgh climbed to third in Guinness PRO14 Conference B after an entertaining bonus-point win over Scarlets in November 2018.

Bill Mata and club centurion Tom Brown - twice - scored first-half tries for the hosts but Scarlets struck through Morgan Williams and Paul Asquith to trail by just three points at the break.

Both teams were heavily depleted by injuries and international call-ups, with Edinburgh shorn of 22 players.

With so many out, the onus was on those left behind to deliver. Ally Miller, a 22-year-old debutant on the open-side flank, 20 and 21-year-old locks Jamie Hodgson and Callum Hunter-Hill all stepped up.

And fortunately for Edinburgh, they could still call upon Mata. The monstrous Fijian added another 24 carries - and 84m - to his remarkable league-best haul of 100.

The behemoth got Edinburgh going in the eighth minute when he rumbled and spun over from a line-out drive. Kieron Fonotia swerved past Hickey and a smart off-load released Williams, who beat Brown to score to level proceedings.

It was Edinburgh who prevailed however. In the final five minutes, the forwards won a penalty, which Simon Hickey booted to the corner. With Edinburgh’s driving maul halted just metres shot, Mata's innovative feint-and-leap finish put the game to bed, securing a crucial bonus-point win over their Conference B rivals.

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