The Ospreys made the Scarlets wish they had stayed at home with a crushing 50-24 Boxing Day victory at Liberty Stadium.
The Scarlets were brought crashing down to earth after their Heineken Cup success in Toulouse as they were blitzed with a five try display by the Ospreys.
After the drama of their 41-34 win at Toulouse in the Heineken Cup ten days ago, the Scarlets were put to the sword in the Magners League clash as the Ospreys bounced back from their 30-24 defeat at Cardiff Blues just four days before.
The Scarlets lost chief playmaker Stephen Jones with back spasms in the warm-up, but the hosts were powerless against a rampaging Ospreys side with rising star James Hook in sublime form and claiming a personal twenty-three point haul in the No.10 shirt in front of a bumper 20,500 crowd.
The hosts raced out to a 13-0 lead when fullback Lee Byrne broke the defence to leave No.8 Ryan Jones to crash over. Hook landed the conversion and kicked two penalties before the Scarlets finally sprang into life.
Their fly half, Thomas, chipped the defence and with a posse of midfielders chasing the ball into the dead ball area, Ospreys scrum half Justin Marshall slapped the ball away, leaving referee Nigel Owens no option but to award a penalty try and show the ex-All Black a yellow card.
Thomas landed the conversion but Hook was in sublime kicking form with three more penalties before Thomas put the Scarlets back into contention with a penalty deep in first half injury time to make it 22-10 at half-time.
The game was effectively ended as a contest just after the break when Marshall's interception fed wing Nikki Walker who sprinted clear for his side's second converted try.
The Scarlets replied with Dwayne Peel darting over for a converted try to pull the scores back to 29-17, but Lee Byrne carved a huge hole in the crumbling defence for his side's third try and Hook's third conversion.
Second half replacement lock Lyndon Bateman barged his way over for his side's fourth try late on which gifted the Opsreys the bonus point. The fifty point mark was broken when substitute flanker Andy Lloyd crashed over under the posts in injury time and Hook's replacement Shaun Connor landed the conversion.
Gavin Evans converted try on the final whistle just about spared the Scarlets' blushes.
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
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RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.
A joint venture between the WRU and Admiral saw hundreds of children enjoy the Admiral Festival of Rugby held at the National Centre of Excellence at the weekend where Welsh internationals Sam Warburton, Scott Williams and Rob Evans were in attendance.
Wll Jones leads Wales U18s into battle this afternoon against Italy where the Welsh side will be seeking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to SA Schools in their opening clash of the U19 International Series
All four regions attended a successful training camp staged last weekend at the WRU National Centre of Excellence. It was a chance for new Wales Women's head coach Rowland Phillips to deliver his key messages to players and coaches as he prepares for the new season.
Wales U18 Team Manager Gethin Watts believes the next couple of weeks will be 'extremely beneficial' to the future of Welsh rugby as his side prepare to take part in the Under 19 International Series being staged in South Africa.
The WRU is searching for 12 new rugby development apprentices following a successful first year of its WRU Coach Core programme. Craig Duncan and Jess Hancock have flourished in the first year of the programme which has given them a real direction in their lives.
The WRU signed TV comedian Rhod Gilbert up to a 'Coaching Children Level 1' course before letting him loose on an U8s side at Whitland Junior Borderers - we went behind the scenes to film the making of 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience' see the results here.
Llandovery are aiming to make it three titles in a row in this year's Foster's National 7s being held at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 28 August. Drovers assistant coach Simon Davies and Lee Rees assess their sides chances
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series returns to the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on July 22nd when all four Welsh regions go head to head. Scarlets skills coach Dai Flanagan and Blues Elite Performance Pathway Manager Richard Hodges along with current Welsh squad members were at the launch of this season's event