Game preview: Scarlets

Game preview: Scarlets

Get the inside line as we travel to face Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets this Saturday in a top of the table Conference B clash (15 February, kick-off 3pm) - live on Premier Sports 1.

How to follow

The match is live on Premier Sports 1 from 2.45pm ahead of a 3pm kick-off. We will be providing in-game updates via our Live Match Centre.

Current standings

Both teams come into this Saturday's match-up with the same record of seven wins and three losses after ten rounds of action. However, with a further three bonus points earned (2 TB, 1 LB) Edinburgh sit three points clear of their Welsh rivals in first place.

Last time out

Edinburgh were the clear winners when Scarlets visited the Scottish capital in late October. With seven tries on the night - including a hat-trick from eventual man of the match Duhan van der Merwe and late score from debutant Eroni Sau - Richard Cockerill's men ran out 46-7 winners to stamp their authority on Conference B.

Form guide

Both club's European form has seen them qualify for the last eight of the European Challenge Cup. With an impressive 33-14 away victory at London Irish, Scarlets have been drawn to face pool stage opponents RC Toulon in the Quarter-Finals. It is the same scenario for Edinburgh who will face Bordeaux-Bègles on Saturday 4 April.

On the domestic front, Scarlets have won two of their last three, including a resounding 44-0 Welsh derby victory over Ospreys at Parc y Scarlets on Boxing Day.

Camp news

Kieron Fonotia is back in contention while Wales flanker James Davies is close to a return. Samoa centre Fonotia, 32, has been out since November with a calf problem.

Davies, 29, played for Wales at the 2019 Rugby World Cup but was left out of their Six Nations squad because of a back injury. Full-back Tom Prydie and flankers Tom Phillips and Dan Davis have also returned to fitness as Scarlets prepare to host Edinburgh, the only side currently ahead of them in Conference B of the Pro14.

Players to watch

Josh MacLeod - Currently leads the league in turnovers (14) and is a constant threat around the breakdown.

Kieran Hardy - Former Wales U20 international scrum-half who knows how to find the whitewash. Has five tries on the season so far.

Steff Evans - Provides the x-factor in Scarlets backline. The Wales international was the 2016-17 top try-scorer and has six tries on the season.

Key stats

Scarlets only defeat in their last four matches was at home to Toulon in round 5 of the European Challenge Cup.

The Welshmen have not been defeated at Parc y Scarlets in Guinness PRO14 since Edinburgh last visited in April.

Edinburgh Rugby’s solitary defeat in their last four fixtures was at Bordeaux-Begles on 11 January.

Edinburgh have lost their last two away games but have not lost three in succession on the road since November 2018.

Edinburgh have won their last four fixtures against Welsh regions.

Edinburgh have won their last four encounters with Scarlets since the west Walians 28-8 triumph in Llanelli in September 2017.

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