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- Guinness PRO12
- 21st Sep 2012
- KO 19:05
- Ground: Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
- Att: 14,111
Scarlets v Ospreys: Teams
At Parc y Scarlets, Friday September 21, kick-off 7.05pm
Scarlets will be looking to maintain their perfect start to the RaboDirect PRO12 season when they take on Welsh rivals Ospreys on Friday.
The home side will be chasing a fourth successive win in league action and go into the derby fresh off the back of a 24-11 triumph at Connacht last weekend.
Scarlets head coach Simon Easterby has announced a strong line-up for the clash at at Parc y Scarlets, with all of the home side's internationals involved in the matchday squad.
Jonathan Davies continues his partnership with Scott Williams while Rhys Priestland is named at No.10. In the pack, Phil John starts at prop with young loosehead Rhodri Jones ruled out with a shoulder injury which was operated on last week.
"There's no doubt this is going to be a big night, and one to capture the imagination of supporters, coaches and players alike as these derbies have done for many years - and it's great that we'll have a packed house here on Friday evening and an atmosphere fitting of a big West Wales derby," said Easterby.
"Welsh regional rugby comes alive at these fixtures and there's no need for any introduction with all the history, heritage and passion between our respective rugby communities.
"Last season we held them to a draw at the Liberty as well as decent win here at Parc y Scarlets but before that we lost a run of games against them, so we're not getting ahead of ourselves and form or favourite tags don't mean much in these fixtures."
Meanwhile, Ospreys make the short trip looking to bounce back back from a home defeat to Glasgow Warriors last time out.
Tom Isaacs replaces Jonathan Spratt in the outside centre position, Rhys Webb makes way for Kahn Fotuali'i at scrum-half and the visitors are boosted by the return of skipper Alun Wyn Jones.
"This derby is always a big game, something special, and no doubt that will be the case on Friday. It's great that local rivalries still mean so much, that despite the changes in the game we can still have these big derby matches," said Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy.
"I don't think there's any doubt that who will be going into the game as favourites given recent results. They have been playing good rugby, scoring tries, and their tails will be up, but we'll be doing everything we can to ensure that our fans there on Friday night can head back this side of the bridge proud of their team."
Scarlets' 22-14 victory over Ospreys last Boxing Day ended a seven-game winless sequence against their rivals.
Scarlets: 15 Liam Williams, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Andy Fenby, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Tavis Knoyle, 8 Rob McCusker (capt), 7 Josh Turnbull, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Richard Kelly, 4 George Earle, 3 Deacon Manu, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Phil John.
Replacements: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Peter Edwards, 18 Samson Lee, 19 Sione Timani, 20 Johnathan Edwards, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Aled Thomas, 23 Gareth Maule.
Ospreys: 15 Richard Fussell, 14 Hanno Dirksen, 13 Tom Isaacs, 12 Andrew Bishop, 11 Tom Grabham, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Kahn Fotuali'i, 8 Joe Bearman, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 George Stowers, 5 Ian Evans, 4 Alun Wyn Jones (capt), 3 Aaron Jarvis, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Duncan Jones.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Ryan Bevington, 18 Joe Rees, 19 Jonathan Thomas, 20 Ryan Jones, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Matthew Morgan, 23 Jonathan Spratt.
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Sunday 28th December|
|14:00||Zebre vs Treviso|
|Thursday 1st January|
|14:05||Dragons vs Cardiff Blues|
|17:00||Connacht vs Munster|
|Friday 2nd January|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Glasgow Warriors|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Zebre|
|14:40||Leinster vs Ulster|
|17:05||Scarlets vs Ospreys|
|Friday 9th January|
|19:35||Connacht vs Edinburgh|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Scarlets|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:40||Cardiff Blues vs Leinster|
|15:00||Zebre vs Munster|
|Sunday 11th January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Ulster|
|16:00||Ospreys vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Wednesday 14th January|
|TBC||Leinster vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Munster vs Cardiff Blues|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Connacht|
|TBC||Zebre vs Glasgow|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Ulster vs Benetton Treviso|
|Saturday 21st February|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Cardiff Blues|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Ulster|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Connacht|
|TBC||Leinster vs Zebre|
|14:40||Scarlets vs Munster|
|17:15||Glasgow vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Ospreys 17 - 15 Scarlets|
|Glasgow Warriors 16 - 6 Edinburgh|
|Friday 26th December|
|Ulster 13 - 10 Connacht|
|Munster 28 - 13 Leinster|
|Cardiff Blues 17 - 23 Dragons|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Dragons 25 - 11 Zebre|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Ospreys 31 - 20 Ulster|
|Glasgow Warriors 21 - 18 Munster|
|Friday 19th December|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 9 Scarlets|
|Edinburgh 48 - 0 Treviso|
|Leinster 21 - 11 Connacht|
|Sunday 30th November|
|Glasgow Warriors 19 - 15 Dragons|
|Saturday 29th November|
|Connacht 14 - 8 Scarlets|
|Leinster 18 - 12 Ospreys|
|Zebre 18 - 10 Edinburgh|
|Friday 28th November|
|Cardiff Blues 36 - 25 Treviso|
|Munster 21 - 20 Ulster|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff Blues|
|Treviso 24 - 24 Leinster|
|Friday 21st November|
|Ulster 25 - 16 Ospreys|
|Connacht 43 - 3 Zebre|
|Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow Warriors|
|Dragons 12 - 38 Munster|
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