Home team Away Team

Scarlets

  • Stoddart, Maule,
    Penalty goals: Thomas (3), Priestland,
    Conversions: Thomas,
24 - 13

Newport-Gwent D'gons

  • Hughes,
    Penalty goals: Prydie, Jones,
    Conversions: Prydie,
  • Guinness PRO12
  • 5th Oct 2012
  • KO 19:05
  • Ground: Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
  • Att: 7,863

Scarlets v Dragons - RaboDirect PRO12 match preview

Last updated: 4th October 2012   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Lewis Evans Newport Gwent Dragons

Lewis Evans: Dragons man will make the switch to blindside flanker this week

Jonathan Davies Wales training 2012

Jonathan Davies: Rested by Scarlets for Friday's clash with the Dragons

Related links

Teams

Scarlets will be looking to move top of the RaboDirect PRO12 on Friday night with success over fellow Welsh side the Newport Gwent Dragons.

Scarlets have given Jonathan Davies a rest for this week's clash and replaced him at centre with fellow Wales back Scott Williams.

Davies is given some time off the field ahead of the Heineken Cup following significant minutes for his region in the opening weeks of the PRO12.

Therefore Williams comes in alongside Gareth Maule while other changes see George North returning on the wing after a rest last week, with Aled Thomas getting his opportunity to start at fly-half, with Rhys Priestland named on the bench.

Meanwhile, Dragons captain Lewis Evans will make the switch to blindside flanker this week, as new recruit Nic Cudd makes his debut at openside against his former team.

The Men of Gwent, who are travelling west for their away match, have no other changes from the successful team who faced Edinburgh in the RaboDirect PRO12 last week.

Scarlets: 15 L Williams, 14 G North, 13 G Maule, 12 S Williams, 11 A Fenby, 10 A Thomas, 9 T Knoyle, 8 R McCusker (capt), 7 J Turnbull, 6 A Shingler, 5 J Snyman, 4 S Timani, 3 S Lee, 2 M Rees, 1 P John. Replacements: 16 K Owens, 17 S Hopkins, 18 D Manu, 19 R Kelly, 20 K Murphy, 21 G Davies, 22 R Priestland, 23 M Stoddart.

Dragons: 15 D Evans, 14 A Hughes, 13 P Leach, 12 A Tuilagi, 11 T Prydie, 10 S Jones, 9 J Evans, 8 T Faletau, 7 N Cudd, 6 L Evans (capt), 5 A Jones, 4 I Nimmo, 3 D Way, 2 S Jones, 1 P Price. Replacements: 16 H Gustafson, 17 A Coundley, 18 N Buck, 19 J Groves, 20 T Brown, 21 L Davies, 22 A Smith, 23 W Harries.

What they said...

Scarlets forwards coach Danny Wilson

"There's plenty in this game for supporters, players and coaches alike; of course I have an understanding of how the Dragons are likely to approach this game and vice-versa they will know how I'll be preparing the Scarlets boys," said Wilson.

"We will need a big chunk of attitude on Friday night, we've been working hard this week on our game and know we have to really turn up and perform as there will be some real threats across the field from the Dragons who will be confident after their win against Edinburgh.

"It's a home game and our passionate and loyal support deserve us to deliver this time - the players were hurting after the Ospreys so I know they'll want to make amends on Friday."

Dragons full-back Dan Evans

"I didn't get the luck of a run. But that's in the past now," speaking about his time with Scarlets.

"All I'm concentrating on now is playing well for the Dragons. Hopefully we can pick up a couple of victories in our next few games and there's no better way to start than at Parc y Scarlets."

SkyBet
Click here for more betting

Guinness PRO12 Table

Guinness PRO12 Table - December 19 2014
Pos Team P Pts
10 Zebre 9 9
Forthcoming Guinness PRO12 Fixtures
TimeFixture
Guinness PRO12
Saturday 20th December
Guinness PRO12
14:40Glasgow Warriors vs Munster
17:15Ospreys vs Ulster
Sunday 21st December
16:00Dragons vs Zebre
Friday 26th December
14:05Cardiff Blues vs Newport Gwent D'gons
17:00Munster vs Leinster
18:45Ulster vs Connacht
Saturday 27th December
14:40Glasgow vs Edinburgh
17:15Ospreys vs Scarlets
Sunday 28th December
14:00Zebre vs Treviso
Thursday 1st January
14:05Newport Gwent D'gons vs Cardiff Blues
17:00Connacht vs Munster
Friday 2nd January
19:35Edinburgh vs Glasgow Warriors
Saturday 3rd January
14:00Treviso vs Zebre
14:40Leinster vs Ulster
17:05Scarlets vs Ospreys
Friday 9th January
19:35Connacht vs Edinburgh
19:35Glasgow vs Scarlets
Saturday 10th January
14:40Cardiff Blues vs Leinster
15:00Zebre vs Munster
Sunday 11th January
14:00Treviso vs Ulster
16:00Ospreys vs Newport Gwent D'gons
Wednesday 14th January
TBCLeinster vs Newport Gwent D'gons
TBCEdinburgh vs Ospreys
TBCUlster vs Benetton Treviso
TBCMunster vs Cardiff Blues

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com