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Preview: Scarlets v Edinburgh

Paul Eddison 22 Sep 2017

 

Two teams coming off a first defeat of the season will go head-to-head at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday as Richard Cockerill’s Edinburgh head to West Wales. The game, which kicks off at 7.35pm, is an intra-conference encounter in Conference B.

What’s at stake? Edinburgh had made a dream start under Richard Cockerill, but were surprised at home to Benetton Rugby last week despite leading 14-0 early on in the game. Scarlets also saw their unbeaten start to the season ended as their comeback bid at Ulster ultimately fell short.

Team news (Scarlets): Wayne Pivac has stuck with largely the same team that fell just short in Belfast, with Jonathan Davies returning to start in the only change to the starting XV. He comes in at outside centre, with Hadleigh Parkes shifting to 12, while Aled Davies and Paul Asquith both come onto the bench.

Team news (Edinburgh): Cockerill has responded to the Benetton loss by ringing the changes, with seven new faces in the starting XV. In the backs one former Chiefs centre replaces another, with Phil Burleigh in for Robbie Fruean, while Tom Brown gets the nod over Damien Hoyland. Up front there are five changes in all, including a new-look back row of Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson and skipper Magnus Bradbury at No.8.

Talking points: Saturday’s encounter will represent a century of Scarlets appearances for tighthead prop Samson Lee, who starts in the front row next to skipper Ken Owens. Still only 24, Lee will lead the team onto the field, while teammate Jonathan Davies makes his first start of the campaign following his Lions exploits.

Key Battle: Will Boyde v Hamish Watson

Much has been made of the absence of James Davies for the Scarlets, but in Will Boyde they have one of the breakthrough players of last season. The 22-year-old will fill in at openside flanker this weekend and faces a tough challenge against Hamish Watson. The Edinburgh flanker has established himself as Scotland’s top option in the position, despite strong competition, and will be looking to lay down a marker on his return to the side.

Key Stat: Edinburgh are aiming for a third straight victory on the road, a feat they have not managed since September 2009.

Did you know? Scarlets fly-half Rhys Patchell has kicked 11 out of 11 so far this season to lead the way in the goal-kicking charts. Finn Russell is the only other player with a perfect record on five kicks off more, having made nine from nine.

Scarlets: L Halfpenny; J McNicholl, J Davies, H Parkes, S Evans; R Patchell, G Davies; R Evans, K Owens, S Lee, J Ball, T Beirne, A Shingler, W Boyde, J Barclay.

Replacements: R Elias, W Jones, W Kruger, D Bulbring, J Macleod, A Davies, R Jones, P Asquith

Edinburgh: B Kinghorn; T Brown, C Dean, P Burleigh, J Harries; D Weir, N Fowles; M Rizzo, S McInally, WP Nel; B Toolis, G Gilchrist; J Ritchie, H Watson, M Bradbury.

Replacements: R Ford, D Marfo, S Berghan, F McKenzie, J Hardie, S Hidalgo-Clyne, J Tovey, R Fruean.

TV: S4C (KO 7.35pm)

Match officials – Referee: John Lacey (IRFU), AR1: David Wilkinson (IRFU), AR2: Gwyn Morris (WRU) TMO: Brian MacNiece (IRFU)

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Solid Scarlets secure bonus-point win over Edinburgh

Becky Grey 23 Sep 2017

Gareth Davies shone for Scarlets, dancing through the Edinburgh defence to lay on a try for Rhys Patchell before scoring one of his own as the hosts claimed a 28-8 victory.

Jason Harries was just as fleet-footed though, eventually finding a way through a Scarlets line which seemed impenetrable for most of the first half.

But the Scarlets extended their lead through Werner Kruger as Richard Cockerill’s men sought a third straight victory on the road.

And a team try earned the Welsh side a bonus point, bringing them up to second in Conference B, with Aaron Shingler the man to go over after deft offloading from his teammates.

Both sides came into the game hungry for a win after suffering their first defeats of the season last weekend, but were left frustrated and without a try after 19 minutes of play.

A swift pick and go from Davies helped Patchell across the whitewash to break the deadlock and Leigh Halfpenny stepped up to slot the conversion.

Davies soon claimed five points himself, as the scrum-half evaded the grasp of Edinburgh’s Ben Toolis to take Scarlets further ahead.

Edinburgh eventually got on the board in the 36th minute thanks to a Duncan Weir penalty, but swift line speed from last season’s champions kept the visitors far from the try-line.

But Edinburgh centre Harries finally made it across after captain Magnus Bradbury created space, barrelling his way through the line to take the visitors in six points down at half time.

Scarlets were full of flair after the break, with Patchell sending a cross-field kick right to Johnny McNicholl before sending one left to Stef Evans moments later.

The first went long and the second was on target, but Evans could not get the offload away in time and Edinburgh quickly shut down the hosts’ attack.

Scarlets were awarded for their efforts when Kruger grabbed the ball at the breakdown and powered through the black shirts to dot down.

Captain Ken Owens followed this up as he led from the front with a dominant carry, flooring Edinburgh defenders and thundering down the pitch to the 22.

But it was Will Boyde’s run which got the bonus-point attack on the go, as the ball passed through almost every Scarlets player’s hands to send Shingler over in the corner.

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