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Pro12 wrap: Scarlets keep up the chase

And in Scotland, Glasgow beat Edinburgh to move ahead of Leinster in the play-off race.

Tavis Knoyle taken down by Cardiff Blues' Tafa’ao Filise
Tavis Knoyle taken down by Cardiff Blues' Tafa’ao Filise
Image: ©INPHO/Huw Evans

LLANELLI SCARLETS ensured Ulster’s lead at the top to the RaboDirect Pro12 table was not extended tonight as they scraped past Cardiff Blues in a tightly contested Welsh derby.

With Ulster beating Leinster in Belfast, Scarlets’ 9-6 win at the Cardiff Arms Park means they will go into Christmas nine points behind the northern province.

Three penalties from Aled Thomas were all Llanelli needed and all three were kicked in the first half.

Blues’ young fly-half Rhys Patchell landed one penalty in either half, but the home side never managed to reel their rivals in after falling behind in the fifth minute.


The Scottish clubs also locked horns tonight and Glasgow made home advantage count with a 23-14 win over Edinburgh.

All three decisive tries came in the opening 25 minutes with DTH van der Merwe and Rob Harley both crossing the line in the opening 15 with the winger claiming his second 10 minutes later.

The 17-0 lead would be narrowed temporarily by the boot of Greig Laidlaw and a Piers Francis score, but two late penalties from Duncan Weir wrapped up the points.

As it happened: Ulster v Leinster, RaboDirect Pro12

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