Scarlets v Leinster

Date: 8/9/18

Kick-off: 19:35

Location: Parc y Scarlets

Competition: Pro14

Coverage: Premier Sports

The Scarlets and Leinster are both due to welcome back several key names this Saturday.

With reigning champions Leinster coming to town, Pivac's men would've liked to be at full strength for their first home game of the season, but will have to settle for less with Jonathan Davies confirmed to be missing for a second consecutive week.

 

Welsh internationals Samson Lee, Jake Ball, Hadleigh Parkes and Leigh Halfpenny return to the starting XV, with kiwi Jonny McNicholl also returning to start on the wing.

 

Gareth Davies returns to scrum-half to partner Dan Jones at half-back, who recovered from the knock he picked up in Ulster to start at outside-half in place of the concussed Rhys Patchell.

 

Utility-back Paul Asquith and Caerphilly born Lewis Rawlins make the bench, with the former returning from a 6 month lay-off, last playing in the quarter-final victory over La Rochelle.

Steff Evans is the suprise omission, instead representing the Scarlets 'A' side against the Ospreys. 

Leinster also welcome back several key players, including Irish grand-slammers Robbie Henshaw and Jordon Larmour to their backline, as well as formidable front-row trio Cian Healy, Sean Cronin and Tadhg Furlong.

 

Devin Toner also returns to partner Ian Nagle in the boiler-room, with Scott Fardy dropping out of the match day squad.

In a repeat of last year's Pro14 final and Champions Cup semi-final, the Scarlets will be looking to seek some revenge while also looking to open their account for the season, after a disappointing late defeat at the hands of Ulster on the opening weekend.

Stats:

  • The Scarlets haven't beaten Leinster since the (then-named) Pro12 semi-finals in 2016/17, where they prevailed 27-15 at the RDS before going on to win the competition.

  • In the last 15 matches between the two, the Scarlets have won 4 and Leinster 10, with one draw.

  • Over the last 15 matches between the two, the aggregate score is 428-277 in favour of Leinster.

  • However, Leinster haven't beaten the Scarlets in Llanelli since 2013, a thumping 42-19 defeat in Simon Easterby's final season in charge.

Scarlets: Halfpenny; McNicholl, Fonotia, Parkes, Prydie; D Jones, G Davies, R Evans, Owens (capt), Lee, Ball, Cummins, Thomson, J Davies, Macleod.

Replacements: Elias, Price, Kruger, Rawlins, Kennedy, Hidalgo-Clyne, Asquith, Nicholas.

Leinster: Larmour; McFadden, O'Loughlin, Henshaw, Lowe; R Byrne, Gibson-Park; Healy, S Cronin, Furlong, Toner, Nagle, Murphy, Ruddock (capt), Conan.

Replacements: Tracy, Dooley, Porter, Kearney, Deegan, McGrath, Reid, Tomane.

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