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Tadhg Beirne powers Scarlets to verge of last eight in masterclass at Bath

• Bath 17-35 Scarlets
• Tadhg Beirne shows the way as Scarlets give Bath a masterclass in broken play

The Scarlets are on course to make the last eight of the Champions Cup despite losing their two opening matches after giving Bath, who started the night at the top of the group, a masterclass in broken-play rugby to avenge the defeat in Llanelli two months ago with a bonus-point victory.

Rhys Priestland kicked all Bath’s points in their 18-13 victory in Llanelli in November but he lasted only three minutes here, limping off after straining his left hamstring making a half-break as Bath started at high speed. The crowd included three of the England coaches, including Eddie Jones, and they saw Anthony Watson ignite an early counter-attack and offer a warning to the Scarlets of the perils of kicking loosely.

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