The Scarlets fell agonisingly wanting securing the Welsh Defend and Champions Cup qualification with a last-gasp defeat to the Stormers at Parc y Scarlets.

Needing a victory to surpass the Ospreys, tries from Johnny Williams and Ryan Conbeer had put them in competition in what was a powerful efficiency – with the scores all degree heading into the ultimate jiffy.

Nevertheless, Dwayne Peel’s facet could be denied high tier European rugby for subsequent season because the Stormers scored on the loss of life to make sure it was the Ospreys who shall be taking part in within the Champions Cup subsequent yr.

So as to add damage to insult, they misplaced each Rhys Patchell and try-scorer Williams to accidents earlier than the top of the 80 minutes – casting doubt on whether or not both will tour South Africa with Wales this summer season.

The Scarlets had began with intent. After simply eight minutes, they had been 10 factors to the nice.

The dependable boot of Sam Costelow had opened their scoring from the tee, earlier than a strive of actual high quality stretched them additional ahead.

From a lineout in their very own half, Gareth Davies chipped over the blitzing Stormers defence to acres of house behind.

Jonathan Davies, having been neglected by Wayne Pivac earlier within the week, was first to it, earlier than feeding Williams, one of many males chosen ahead of him for a Welsh centre spot, to race over for the opening strive.

The away facet, in search of to safe their very own standing as South Africa’s highest-placed facet, did not take lengthy to hit again. The damaging Hacjivah Dayimani slipped off a few poor tackles makes an attempt to launch Leolin Zas with a neat offload.

Regardless of having Tom Rogers in entrance of him, the strive was a mere formality – with Zas wrongfooting the Scarlets full-back to attain.

The boot of Costelow saved the Scarlets out in entrance, constructing a stable first-half lead. Nevertheless, the away facet started to wrestle again some management via their relentless carrying.

And tries both facet of half-time put them ahead.

Evan Roos crashed over from shut vary simply earlier than half-time to cut back the hole to 2 after a sequence of brutal carries.

Then, only a minute after the break, Ruhan Nel waltzed over after the Scarlets’ midfield was caught too slender defending a lineout.

From there, the scoring slowed down a bit of – with nothing extra earlier than the hour-mark.

Nevertheless, simply earlier than the clock reached 60 minutes, the away facet had been lowered to 14 as Deon Fourie was sin-binned for a excessive hit on Kieran Hardy. Moments later, each the Scarlets and Wales suffered a blow as Patchell, contemporary from being named in a primary Wales squad in two years, departed injured – mere minutes after approaching as a alternative.

His possibilities of touring South Africa now look within the stability, whereas it left Peel’s facet with centre Williams at fly-half for the ultimate quarter.

Regardless of that drawback, the Scarlets saved pushing and relentless strain noticed Conbeer cross out vast to degree the scores. Nevertheless, makeshift kicker Liam Williams could not add the conversion from out vast. Shortly after, Johnny Williams departed for a HIA – permitting Costelow to return as they pushed for victory.

Nevertheless, it was the Stormers who had the ultimate say – confirming the Scarlets’ destiny with a successful strive from Nel on the loss of life.

Scarlets: Tom Rogers; Liam Williams, Jonathan Davies (capt), Johnny Williams, Ryan Conbeer; Sam Costelow, Gareth Davies; Steff Thomas, Shaun Evans, Javan Sebastian, Tom Value, Jac Value, Aaron Shingler, Josh Macleod, Sione Kalamafoni.

Replacements: Daf Hughes, Phil Value, WillGriff John, Morgan Jones, Tomas Lezana, Kieran Hardy, Rhys Patchell, Joe Roberts.

Stormers: Warrick Gelant; Seabelo Senatla, Ruhan Nel, Damian Willemse, Leolin Zas; Manie Libbok, Stefan Ungerer; Steven Kitshoff (capt), JJ Kotze, Frans Malherbe, Salmaan Moerat, Marvin Orie, Deon Fourie, Hacjivah Dayimani, Evan Roos.

Replacements: Andre-Hugo Venter, Brok Harris, Neethling Fouche, Ernst van Rhyn, Nama Xaba, Marcel Theunissen, Godlen Masimla, Cornel Smit.

Referee: Sam Grove-White (SRU)

See how the motion unfolded beneath:


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