Last-gasp draw for youthful Scarlets
HEAD coach Simon Easterby would have been delighted with the fighting spirit of a youthful Scarlets side who battled back to claim a 16-16 draw against London Welsh at the Kassam Stadium yesterday.
The West Wales region headed to Oxford with a squad made up chiefly of fringe and semi- professional players.
But a last-gasp try from No. 8 Craig Price helped them come back from 13-3 down at half-time to claim a share of the spoils.
A penalty from fly-half Aled Thomas was all the Scarlets had to show from the opening half with wing Seb Stegmann claiming a try for the Exiles, converted by the experienced Gordon Ross, who also landed two penalties.
At the break, the Exiles decided to make wholesale changes, while the Scarlets opted to keep the bulk of their side intact.
That decision paid dividends as the visitors clawed their way back into the contest.
A second Thomas penalty and another from replacement fly-half Josh Lewis narrowed the gap to 13-9, but when Will Robinson made it 16-9 to Welsh heading into injury time, it appeared the home side had the game in the bag.
However, a superb break from replacement scrum-half Rhodri Williams caught the Welsh defence off guard and it led to Price touching down, with Lewis adding the extras.
Meanwhile, the Scarlets have confirmed the signing of Taranaki back Frazier Climo.
The 26-year-old, who can play wing, full-back and fly-half, is due to arrive in November, subject to visa clearance.
Climo said: "I am delighted to be joining the Scarlets, which is a club with a great history.
"Having spoken to Simon Easterby about the very young and talented squad I am extremely excited to play a part in the club's ambitions this season and looking forward to linking up with everyone in November."
Easterby said: "He's been a standout for the provincial side Taranaki in the NPC over the past few years. We look forward to what he can bring to what is already a very talented and Scarlets back line.
"We wanted to build some additional strength in depth in our back three within the boundaries of our budget; it's been important to take the time to find the right fit of player for our side."