GUINNESS PRO12: Cardiff keep pressure play-off hopefuls with win at Scarlets

Cardiff Blues' Gareth Anscombe scores his side's third try against Scarlets
Cardiff Blues' Gareth Anscombe scores his side's third try against Scarlets

SCARLETS 22 CARDIFF BLUES 28

Gareth Anscombe claimed 18 points as Cardiff Blues kept up their Champions Cup qualification hopes with a famous 28-22 Guinness Pro12 derby victory at Parc y Scarlets.

But in contrast the Scarlets’ Pro12 play-off hopes suffered a setback despite sealing a losing bonus point and clinging on to third place.

The Blues were rewarded for their attacking intent with tries for scrum-half Lloyd Williams, wing Tom James and fly-half Anscombe, who also kicked three penalties and two conversions.

Scarlets were boosted by the return of Wales prop Samson Lee - the only change to the team which won at the Ospreys - but they were a pale shadow of that performance.

Scarlets finished strongly with a try from John Barclay to go with five penalties from Dan Jones (four) and Aled Thomas, who also added a conversion. But it was too little too late.