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Edinburgh challenged to take home form on the road

Guinness PRO12 Editor

6 Oct 2011

Edinburgh Rugby head coach Michael Bradley has challenged his players to back up last weekend’s winning performance over champions Munster (29-14) as they travel to face Welsh province, Scarlets, in round six of the RaboDirect PRO12 Friday night (kick-off 7.05pm).

The head coach has made just one change to the starting line-up for the trip to the Parc y Scarlets, with on loan prop Shaun Knight coming into the front-row as a straight swap for Lewis Niven, who begins the match on the bench.

Two other changes have been made to the bench with Robin Hilsop and Hamish Watson supplanted by Jack Gilding as a front-row replacement and the experience back-row Alan MacDonald, who returns to the fold for the first time since May, having completed his return from injury with a run-out for Heriot’s last weekend.

Bradley said: “Beating Munster was great and the manner in which we played was very rewarding, keeping the pace of the game up and producing two fantastic tries.

“We also defended exceptionally well and showed a lot of physicality in attack which gave us space going forward; something we’ve been bringing into our game and is a key element of our plans going forward.

“It’s very important that we continue that form and that approach away against Scarlets this weekend.”

Championship points are crucial to both sides as Edinburgh Rugby travel to Llanelli in search of their first win on the road this season, while their hosts seek to bring a close to a four match losing streak.

“Scarlets are somewhat hamstrung by their commitment to Wales, with the majority of their backline in New Zealand, so it’s a good opportunity for us to perform well and go for an away win which would be very important to us and our season,“ added Bradley.

“I expect a massive challenge from the Scarlets. They’ll look at us as a potential victory at home to close off this period in the RaboDirect PRO12 while we’ll be looking to build on our performance and our result against Munster, so something will have to give.”

Edinburgh Rugby team to play Scarlets at the Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli (Friday 7 October, kick-off 7.05pm)
15 Jim Thompson
14 Lee Jones
13 Matt Scott
12 James King
11 Tim Visser
10 Gregor Hunter
9 Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN
1 Kyle Traynor
2 Steven Lawrie
3 Shaun Knight
4 Grant Gilchrist
5 Sean Cox
6 David Denton
7 Roddy Grant
8 Stuart McInally
16 Alun Walker
17 Lewis Niven
18 Jack Gilding
19 Esteban Lozada
20 Alan MacDonald
21 Chris Leck
22 Phil Godman
23 Tom Brown