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Steff Evans Will Play In Scarlets’ Pro 12 Finale Against Munster

Steff Evans was sent off the field in Scarlets’ semi-final match against Leinster, but has been cleared by the Pro 12 of the Red Card offense.

Last week’s match between Leinster and Scarlets was amazing. One of the most interesting parts of the story was Scarlets’ ability to win with only 14 men. All this happened after Steff Evans was sent off the field with a red card right at half time. Evans was charged with a tip tackle that resulted in Garry Ringrose hitting his head on the pitch. After much deliberation with the TMO, referee Marius Mitrea gave Evans the red card.

A disciplinary review panel by Pro 12 assembled on Wednesday to determine whether the card was justified or not, and it was determined that the card was not. It was determined by Pro 12 that the tackle did not become dangerous until Samson Lee became involved. Their statement concerning the hit was as follows: “That the Player [Steff Evans] undertook a lawful tackle in a manner that was consistent with the laws of the game.”

The card seemed at the time as if it was inevitable and justified based on the current laws. It is a shame that Steff Evans is only thought of has having received a red card last weekend. He scored the opening try that set the Scarlets on track to win their semi-final against Leinster.  It is good to see that Steff Evans will be able to compete with his team this weekend in Dublin.

Will the powerful Munster defense lead them to victory?

Munster has been a very impressive all season long. Munster have allowed an average of only 13.6 points per match throughout the season. Donnacha Ryan had 24 tackles and C J Stander had 19 tackles against Ospreys last weekend. The team as a whole had 92% tackle success in their domination in the semi-finals. The biggest threat to the Munster defense is the recently reinstated winger Steff Evans. Evans is a dangerous runner who made 52m in less than half a match as his red card came shortly before half time. The Munster defense will have to target Evans to keep Scarlets from scoring.

The Scarlets’ defense is not weak either. Scarlets play a match of bending but refusing to break. In last week’s match, Leinster had 521m of running, but only two tries on the day. The biggest area of concern for the Scarlets is that their tackle percentage was only 81%. This will be great news for Munster’s Keith Earls, who had three clean breaks and 92 meters made against Ospreys. Simon Zebo will be looking for a big match against Scarlets after his strong performance with 81 meters made and one try.

In the Pro 12’s all red final who will wear theirs?

Both Munster and Scarlets have an amazing bright red kit. Both teams cannot play in their classic red, so a coin toss was used to determine who would get to wear their home colors. Even though the Scarlets will be traveling across the Irish Sea to play at the RDS in Dublin, they will be the home team and will be able to wear their home colors for the Pro 12 final.

The Pro 12 final will be one of the best matches of the entire season.

Scarlets are hungry after finally earning the right to play in their first ever Pro 12 final. After the heartbreaking loss of Anthony Foley, Munster is looking to return to their glory days with another Pro 12 title. Munster has been impressive all season long, topping the regular season table.  It will be exciting to see how the match turns out. There is bound to be controversy over the restoration of Steff Evans’ ability to play, but it is great to see that he will be able to be with his team in their first every Pro 12 final.

Scarlets V Munster Saturday, May 27 6:15 GMT

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