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- RaboDirect PRO12
- 5th May 2012
- KO 19:30
- Ground: Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
- Att: 13,047
Scarlets v Cardiff Blues: Teams
At Parc y Scarlets, Saturday 5 May, KO: 19:30
The Scarlets will be bidding to give the long-serving Stephen Jones a perfect send-off when he plays his final game for the club against Cardiff Blues on Saturday evening.
The Scarlets, who have won their last four games against the Blues in all competitions, will be looking to maintain an unbeaten record against their fellow Welsh regions in the RaboDirect PRO12 league this season.
Jones - who moves to London Wasps next season - will start at centre against the Blues as the 34-year-old fly-half brings the curtain down on a Scarlets playing career spanning 15 seasons.
Jones, Scarlets' all-time points record holder on 2850 points in 315 appearances, still holds the record of most points scored in a league game (32) against Swansea in October 2002 - with a total of 741 points in league games during his career.
The Scarlets also bid farewell to some Parc y Scarlets heroes of past seasons including Scottish international Sean Lamont, England number eight Ben Morgan, second-rows Dominic Day and Lou Reed, full back Dan Evans as well as retiring front rowers, Iestyn Thomas and Rhys Thomas.
"This will be a hugely competitive fixture, it's a local derby, and there's lot of pride of stake for the players. We still have an outside chance of going through, but importantly, it's the fact playing the Blues and we are very proud of our unbeaten record against Welsh regions this season so we want to maintain that," said Scarlets Head Coach Nigel Davies.
"It will be an opportunity to see some great battles and duals on the pitch with the quality of a host of young players on show. It's going to be a great finale for the season."
Four changes for Cardiff
Cardiff Blues have made four changes to their starting line-up as they travel to face Welsh rivals Scarlets in the final round of RaboDirect 2011/12 games on Saturday.
In the pack they welcome back number eight Andries Pretorius - the young South African having finally recovered from a knee injury sustained in the Heineken Cup back in November.
The other change up front sees openside flanker Josh Navidi join Pretorius in the back-row.
"I'm really looking forward to being back on the pitch after such a long lay off," said Pretorius.
"It's unbelievably frustrating being on the sidelines, but I've been working hard with our conditioning and coaching staff to set myself goals to be able to come back.
"It will be good to get one last game before the end of the season."
There are two new faces in the back-line with Chris Czekaj replacing Ben Blair at full-back and Harry Robinson coming in for Tom James on the wing.
A number of players will also be signing off their Cardiff careers on Saturday with Casey Laulala, Maama Molitika, Gethin Jenkins, John Yapp, Richie Rees and Dan Parks all pulling on the blue jersey for a final time.
Scarlets: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Sean Lamont, 13 Nick Reynolds, 12 Stephen Jones, 11 Andy Fenby, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Josh Turnbull (capt), 6 Kieran Murphy, 5 Dominic Day, 4 Aaron Shingler, 3 Deacon Manu, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Rhodri Jones
Replacements: 16 Emyr Phillips, 17 Phil John, 18 Simon Gardiner, 19 Damian Welch, 20 Johnathan Edwards, 21 Tavis Knoyle, 22 Adam Warren, 23 Viliame Iongi
Cardiff Blues: 15 Chris Czekaj, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Dafydd Hewitt, 11 Harry Robinson, 10 Ceri Sweeney, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Andries Pretorius, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 Maama Molitika, 5 James Down, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Scott Andrews, 2 Marc Breeze, 1 Gethin Jenkins
Replacements: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 John Yapp, 18 Ryan Harford, 19 Macauley Cook, 20 Luke Hamilton, 21 Richie Rees, 22 Dan Parks, 23 Gavin Evans
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