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Preview: Edinburgh v Scarlets

client 27 Feb 2016

Head coach Wayne Pivac is determined to keep the Scarlets’ recent run of form going this weekend against Edinburgh but has warned against complacency.  

The Scarlets have won their last two GUINNESS PRO12 fixtures, against Edinburgh and Ulster, but have not won successive away games in the PRO12 since October – that’s the challenge facing Pivac this weekend.

Scarlets welcome back openside flanker James Davies, he is one of only two changes to the side that secured victory over Ulster last weekend, with Maselino Paulino coming in on the blindside flank.

Pivac said: "Edinburgh hasn’t been an easy opponent for us since I've been here and they'll be looking forward to getting an opportunity to put things right.

“Despite starting well against them last season we ended up in an arm wrestle and finished with a draw.

"They also brought our home record to an end last season so we certainly have a healthy respect for them. They have a good set-piece, they play to their strengths and it'll be a competition whatever side they put out.

"We have to be mindful we've been through a big game. This week has been all about how we get the boys ready mentally and physically for the same sort of performance as last week."

Edinburgh have slipped to four straight defeats in all competitions, although all four games have been away from home – but it’s a statistic head coach Alan Solomons know needs to change.

Comparatively Edinburgh's only defeat at BT Murrayfield in any tournament this season was 16-14 to Munster in round 7 of the GUINNESS PRO12 and it’s that form Solomons want to recreate against the Scarlets.

However, Edinburgh's only victory in their last seven encounters with Scarlets was 26-15 at Parc y Scarlets in March 2015, whilst their only victory over Scarlets at BT Murrayfield since 2010 was 26-23 in March 2012. 

Solomons has made only two changes to his starting team to face Scarlets.

With a number of players out injured and on international duty, wing Damien Hoyland, who recently signed a new two year deal at the club, is the only member of the Edinburgh starting side who didn't feature in last week's 27-13 away loss to Ospreys. 

The only other change is also in the back-three, where 19-year-old Blair Kinghorn will make his third start for the club at full-back.

Last week's try-scorer, Allan Dell, packs down at loosehead prop, with John Andress taking up the tighthead berth, and Neil Cochrane captaining the team from hooker. 

Solomons said: "With international call-ups and injury this will yet again be a test of the strength in depth of our squad. Our players are looking forward to meeting the challenge this presents."

At BT Murrayfield, 2.05pm. Live on BBC Sport Scotland                    
Referee: Dudley Phillips (IRFU, 58th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Keith Allen, Graeme Ormiston (both SRU)
Citing Commissioner:  IainGoodall (SRU)
TMO: Neil Paterson (SRU)

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Edinburgh stand firm for slender victory

Guinness PRO12 Editor 28 Feb 2016

Ben Toolis crossed over late on to move Edinburgh closer to the GUINNESS PRO12 top four with the narrowest of victories over Scarlets.

Edinburgh came into the game off the back of four consecutive defeats – all on the road – and home comforts were evident in the early stages as Phil Burleigh crossed over.

The Scarlets, who began the day six points behind GUINNESS PRO12 leaders Connacht, responded well and grabbed three first-half tries, through Hadleigh Parkes, James Davies and Steffan Evans, to lead at the break.

However, Edinburgh are not easily beaten at BT Murrayfield – they have lost there just once there in all competitions this season – and despite seeing Burleigh have a second try chalked off, second-row Toolis crossed over late on for a 24-23 triumph.

Edinburgh began on top and their pack won an early penalty, allowing teenager Blair Kinghorn to fire over a long-range effort and hand the hosts a three-point lead.

Aled Thomas levelled things up three minutes later but it wasn’t long before Edinburgh had the game’s first try, Burleigh sniping around the ruck to cross over under the posts and Kinghorn adding the simple conversion.

Once again, Thomas swiftly responded with a successful penalty, after Jamie Ritchie was penalised at the ruck and shortly after the quarter-hour mark, his side were in front.

Parkes showed great awareness to pounce on a loose ball and sprint into space, eventually travelling almost half the length of the pitch to score, though Thomas sent the extras wide.

Kinghorn’s second penalty put Edinburgh 13-11 after 22 minutes and while Thomas missed one of his own shortly after, he wasn’t left fretting over it for long.

Davies picked a gap and powered through it to cross the Edinburgh line, though Thomas’ bad luck with the boot continued as his extras struck the crossbar.

That left Edinburgh three points behind but, five minutes before the break, that deficit stretched to ten when Evans found his way over in the corner and Thomas converted.

Kinghorn powered over a long-range penalty on the stroke of half time and, shortly after it, he added another three points after Edinburgh’s pack earned a scrum penalty.

The lead looked to have changed hands again after 48 minutes when Burleigh scurried over but the TMO adjudged the fly-half to have benefitted from a double movement.

They pushed a probed but found a stubborn Scarlets defence standing in their way, until replacement Magnus Bradbury shook off a handful of defenders to take them within touching distance of the line.

Toolis did the rest and, despite Kinghorn’s conversion bouncing back off the post, Edinburgh had the lead with just ten minutes to play.

Thomas sought to address that, only for the Scarlets fly-half to send a penalty wide of the target, and that proved to be their last chance of the match.

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