Match Preview: Scarlets

Match Preview: Scarlets

Get the latest ahead of Sunday's trip to West Wales as we face Scarlets in Round 4 of the Guinness PRO14.

HOW TO WATCH

The match is live on Premier Sports 2 from 6.30pm ahead of a 6.45pm kick-off at Parc y Scarlets. You can also follow all the action with minute-by-minute updates via our Live Match Centre.


MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Chris Busby (IRFU, 2nd competition game)

Assistant Referees: Nigel Owens, Rhys Jones (both WRU)

TMO: Wayne Davies (WRU)


OVERALL PRO14 RECORD

Played 34, Scarlets won 14, Edinburgh won 19 with 1 game drawn.

STORY OF THE MATCH

Still trying to recapture the form which saw them top Conference B last season, Edinburgh have lost their opening three matches of 2020/21 and have won just once in six matches since rugby restarted in August.

Another loss this weekend would equal their tally of defeats for the entirety of the last campaign but they can take heart from a strong recent record against Sunday’s hosts. Edinburgh have won their last five matches against Scarlets, whose most recent win in this fixture came in September 2017, while Richard Cockerill’s men have also emerged victorious from their most recent three visits to Wales.

Scarlets got off the mark in Treviso last time out and will look to improve on a poor recent record against Scottish sides; they have won just one of their last seven meetings against Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh.


LAST TIME OUT

Edinburgh travelled to West Wales to face Scarlets back in February and came away with a hard-earned road win. Tries from Duhan van der Merwe and Matt Scott secured a 9-14 Conference B win.

RECENT MEETINGS

Date

Venue

S

E

Scarlets scorers

Edinburgh scorers

Sat 23 Sep 17

Parc y Scarlets

28

8

Aaron Shingler(T) Rhys Patchell(T) Gareth Davies(T) Leigh Halfpenny(4C) Werner Kruger(T)

Duncan Weir(P) Jason Harries(T)

Sat 14 Apr 18

BT Murrayfield

14

52

Dan Jones(T/2C) Tom Varndell(T)

Duncan Weir(C) Nathan Fowles(T) Duhan van der Merwe(2T) Mark Bennett(T) Magnus Bradbury(T) Sam Hidalgo-Clyne(T/5C) Blair Kinghorn(T) Luke Crosbie(T)

Fri 2 Nov 18

BT Murrayfield

21

31

Johnny McNicholl(T) Paul Asquith(T) Dan Jones(3C) Morgan Williams(T)

Tom Brown(2T) Pierre Schoeman(T) Viliame Mata(2T) Juan Pablo Socino(C) Simon Hickey(2C)

Sat 6 Apr 19

Parc y Scarlets

12

20

Gareth Davies(T) Jonathan Davies(T) Leigh Halfpenny(C)

Jaco van der Walt(T/2C/2P) Matt Scott(T)

Sat 26 Oct 19

BT Murrayfield

7

46

Marc Jones(T) Dan Jones(C)

Mike Willemse(2T) Duhan van der Merwe(3T) Jaco van der Walt(C) Mark Bennett(T) Simon Hickey(3C/P) Eroni Sau(T)

Sat 15 Feb 20

Parc y Scarlets

9

14

Dan Jones(3P)

Duhan van der Merwe(T) Jaco van der Walt(2C) Matt Scott(T)


KEY STATS

Scarlets won their first match of the new Guinness PRO14 campaign in Treviso on Saturday.

The men from Llanelli’s only victory in their last seven encounters with Scottish sides was 25-21 against Glasgow at Scotstoun in October 2019.

Edinburgh Rugby’s only victory since rugby returned in August was on their opening fixture after the hiatus against Glasgow at BT Murrayfield.

Edinburgh have won on their last three visits to Wales since their 12-15 reversal at Dragons in November 2018.

Edinburgh have won their last five matches against Scarlets since the Welshman’s 28-8 victory at home in September 2017.

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