Scarlets bounced back from last weekend’s disappointment at Edinburgh to battle past a defiant Toyota Cheetahs and continue their impressive start to the Guinness PRO14 season.
It was at times a war of attrition in Llanelli in what were unfavourable rugby conditions, with the visitors taking the lead through a well-worked Tian Meyer effort.
But Brad Mooar’s side rallied, drawing the scores level with a Steff Evans try before Kieran Hardy put them ahead just before half-time.
And after a rain-soaked second period in which both sides struggled for cohesion, it was Scarlets who held on to extend their formidable record at Parc y Scarlets, where they have now won 29 of their last 32 encounters.
Free State: Try: Tian Meyer. Conversion: Tian Schoeman. Penalty: Tian Schoeman, Ruan Pienaar.
Scarlets: Tries: Steff Evans, Kieran Hardy. Conversions: Dan Jones (2). Penalty: Dan Jones.