The Scarlets were beset by familiar problems as they went down to Edinburgh in a match that belied its low scoreline.
Poor discipline and a lack of cutting edge have undermined Glenn Delaney’s men in recent weeks and it was no different as Edinburgh did just enough to secure their first win of the season.
Josh Help’s second-half red card did not help matters, nor did another match without a try for the region but the reality for the Scarlets is they still could and should have won this.
Delaney’s men were the quicker to settle into the conditions – getting on top in territory and possession without ever really carving out any clear-cut opportunities.
Wales international Johnny McNicholl was constantly looking to get involved on his return from injury – often popping up at first-receiver in a bid to create something.
As the match went on, Richard Cockerill’s men began to exert plenty of pressure at the set-piece.
The visitor’s scrum got on top – with Scarlets prop Phil Price sacrificed before the break for Rob Evans after being punished by WP Nel.
Nel could have put Edinburgh ahead shortly before the break, only for the prop to lose the ball as he sought to ground it.
However, their scrum pressure did result in a penalty for Jaco van der Walt to break the deadlock on the stroke of half-time.
The introduction of Evans paid dividends in the second-half – with Evans winning a penalty for Angus O’Brien to level 10 minutes after the break.
However, the Scarlets scrum wasn’t totally solved – with Werner Kruger sent to the sin-bin, perhaps a little harshly, mere seconds after coming on as a replacement after slipping at the scrum.
Shortly after, van der Walt put Edinburgh back in front after an offside penalty.
And then, just after the hour mark, the Scarlets suffered a familiar fate – after Helps was sent off for a high tackle on George Taylor. Helps became the third second-row to be sent off in as many consecutive matches for the region.
Despite the numerical disadvantage, the hosts finished stronger but they couldn’t find a winning score despite hammering away in the final quarter.