Munster’s ambitions of winning their fourth Pro12 title were torn to pieces on Saturday evening by a clinical Scarlets outfit.
Having finished the season strongly with three victories, the southern province went into the game high on confidence but were bettered on the day that mattered most by their Welsh counterparts.
Early tries from Liam Williams, Steff Evans and Gareth Davies gave Scarlets a commanding early lead and from there any sort of comeback appeared to be doomed.
— PRO12RUGBY (@PRO12rugby) May 27, 2017
Tyler Bleyendaal’s try just before the break gave the Irish team hope but DTH van der Merwe’s try all but ended any hope of a revival, even when Andrew Conway reduced the deficit after crossing the line just minutes later.
A Keith Earls try further reduced Scarlets’ lead but the damage had already been done in the first half and Williams’ second try was the icing on the cake for Wayne Pivac’s men as they claimed the 2016/17 Pro12 title.
One of the main themes amongst Munster supporters on Twitter in the aftermath of the game was that their side just hadn’t done enough on the day.
Gives a bit of respectability to the scoreline that we don’t really deserve. #MUNvSCA
— Sarah (@SarahMc1986) May 27, 2017
Scoreline looks better but my god we’ve been dire #MUNVSCA
— Damian Keane (@VedderHead86) May 27, 2017
— Tom O’Mahony Comic (@TOM_OMAHONY) May 27, 2017
— Fergus Gloster (@fgloster) May 27, 2017
Others were quick to congratulate Scarlets on a job well done.
— Mark Lynch (@TheMarkLynch) May 27, 2017
A bit sad for Munster but there’s logically nothing to complain about when you got beaten like this. #MUNvSCA
— Lotfi Wada (@LotfiWada) May 27, 2017
— Olivia O’Sullivan (@oliviaos) May 27, 2017
— Eoghan Ryan (@EoghanRyan13) May 27, 2017
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena