Saints 27 - 12 Scarlets: Saints power their way to LV=Cup final

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SAINTS set up an east midlands derby in the final of the LV= Cup as their forwards powered them to a 27-12 win over Scarlets.

It may have been played in brilliant sunshine but the Saints pack was at the heart of a semi-final win at Franklin’s Gardens.

The Scarlets had no answer to the Saints pack as they were mauled and scrummed to exhaustion, coughing numerous penalties in a desperate attempt to stop the home eight.

The visitors started brightly with Dominic Day held up over the line, but it was Saints who got the first try with Alex Waller driven over from a 5m lineout.

Stephen Myler converted and added a penalty to make it 13-6 at the break.

Scarlets fly-half Stephen Jones made it 13-9 soon after the break, but Saints hit back with a try from Scott Armstrong.

The Saints scrum was so on top it won penalty after penalty along with the maul and Myler kicked two of them over with Ryan Lamb adding another.

Scarlets could never keep up the pressure and though both sides had a man sin-binned, with Saints losing James Downey for tackling a player off the ball and Scarlets seeing Day join him a minute later for bringing down a maul for the umpteenth time, the home side eased into the final.