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Dublin: 0°C Thursday 6 May 2021

Connacht's Champions Cup qualification chances have changed without them kicking a ball

Seventh place Scarlets hosted eight place Edinburgh this afternoon.

Phil Burleigh scored the opening try of the game for Edinburgh.
Phil Burleigh scored the opening try of the game for Edinburgh.
Image: Ian Cook/INPHO

CONNACHT PLAY MUNSTER at 17.15 in a crucial Pro12 clash at Thomond Park but Pat Lam will have kept an ear to the wireless to get updates from Parc y Scarlets this afternoon.

The westerners are currently in sixth in the table and occupy the last automatic qualification spot for next season’s Champions Cup but Scarlets and Edinburgh are right behind them.

Those two sides played in Wales this afternoon and Edinburgh earned a valuable 26-15 away win that brings them level with Connacht on 43 points as it stands.

The result is a positive for Connacht however, as the Scottish side still have to face Munster and Leinster while Scarlets don’t play any of the top six in their final four games.

Tries from Phil Burleigh and David Denton gave the visitors a 17-15 lead at half time with all of the Scarlets points coming from the boot of Steven Shingler.

The only second half points came from the boot of Edinburgh kicker Sam Hidalgo-Clyne.

Apparently England’s fourth choice scrum-half told number five to pipe down last night

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