Perpignan scored 42 points without reply to send Llanelli back to Wales needing a victory next week against
Leicester to stand any change of qualification to the final eight of the Heineken Cup.
Victory against a powerful Perpignan side was always going to be a tricky proposition, without the added problem of a flu bug in the Llanelli camp. Gareth Jenkins was unable to select Wayne Proctor and centre Salesi Finau.
The Scarlets started brightly with a quick drop goal by flyhalf Stephen Jones in the opening minute.
Llanelli held this lead until the tenth minute. A prolonged period of pressure lead to New Zealand wing Robbie MacDonald running over. Thierry Lacroix converted, and when he added a penalty a few minutes later the momentum was with the home side.
Perpignan kept Llanelli pinned back in their own 22 with some incisive attacking play. Scrumhalf Ludvick Lousou found the gap in a stretched Scarlets defence, scoring from 28 metres.
Farid Sid then added to the Perpignan tally with a try in the 35th minute, When Lacroix converted the French side went in with a 22-3 lead at half time.
Llanelli will have been disappointed with the score at half time, were it not for a couple of untimely handling errors, the Scarlets could have easily scored two tries. It was not to be Llanelli's night.
Scott Quinnell came on to strengthen the Llanelli pack in the second half , but his presence alone was not enough stop a now rampant opposition. Lacroix sank his third penalty of the night, and then a forth extending the Perpignan lead to 28-3. Soon after Bellot, scored the fourth try for Perpignan. In the 75th minute the 42 point scoring sequence was completed when Bellot converted a try from Olivier Olibeau,
Quinnell's preseverance paid off, and he ran over to give the Scarlets fans a consilatory try in the closing moments , which Jones converted for the final 42-10 score.
Wales U20 duo Leon Brown and Lloyd Lewis face a busy couple of weeks ahead. Not only will they have a Junior World Championship to take part in, they are both sitting A Level exams during the competition.
Wales U20 face a tough group in the Junior World Championship with France, England and Japan lying in wait but Attack coach Jason Strange and back rower Tom Phillips are looking forward to the campaign ahead.
Angus O'Brien has quickly settled into the Wales Sevens squad after solid performances in Hong Kong and Japan. With two rounds remaining in Glasgow and Twickenham on the World Series, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to the rising star.
Wales winger Luke Morgan has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers on the Sevens World Series. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with him on the eve of this weekend's round in Glasgow.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.