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Scarlets will host Cardiff Blues at Parc y Scarlets

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Article Published: Friday 16 November 2012


Cardiff Blues have made seven changes to the side to face the Scarlets in the Anglo Welsh LV Cup clash at Parc y Scarlets this Saturday.

The Blues recorded a 22 points to 17 win over the London Wasps in the opening fixture and will be looking to build on that when they travel to Llanelli on Saturday, 6.30pm kick off.

There are seven changes in the starting XV with two in the backs. Harry Robinson return from the Wales squad to start on the wing, while Rob Lewis starts at scrum half in place of Lewis Jones who picked up a knock to his shoulder in last Friday's match.

In the forwards Andries Pretorius return at Number 8 to captain the team and is joined in the back row by Thomas Young who starts at openside.

Macauley Cook starts in the second row while there are two further changes in the front row. Mark Breeze starts at hooker in place of Rhys Williams who moves to the bench and Ryan Harford return from a back injury in place of Foa Filise who also moves to the bench.

Scarlets Head Coach Simon Easterby has named an exciting mix of experience, flair and ambitious up-and-coming talent in his starting XV with a return to regional action for full-back Liam Williams, hooker Kirby Myhill and tight head Samson Lee who are all released by Wales.

Centre Gareth Maule links up with former Ospreys centre Gareth Owen to create an impressive back line with Liam Williams at full-back, Kristian Phillips and Andy Fenby on the two wings, Dan Newton at outside half and sharp young talent Rhodri Williams at scrum-half who makes his 21st appearance for the Scarlets aged just 19.

Dan Newton returns from injury to take the pivotal role at 10; new Australian second row Jake Ball gets this second start in a Scarlets shirt alongside the experienced South African Joe Snyman, Craig Price links with Johnathan Edwards (captain) and Kieran Murphy in the back row and the two World Cup 2012 Wales U20 stars Kirby Myhill (hooker) and Samson Lee (tight-head) front up with 27-year-old Llanelli RFC Prop Shaun Hopkins who impressed last weekend

Match : Scarlets vs Cardiff Blues
Date : Saturday 17/11/2012
Venue : Parc y Scarlets
Kick Off : 1830
Live on: S4C

Teams

Scarlets

15 Liam Williams, 14 Kristian Phillips, 13 Gareth Maule, 12 Gareth Owen, 11 Andy Fenby, 10 Dan Newton, 9 Rhodri Williams, 1 Shaun Hopkins, 2 Kirby Myhill, 3 Samson Lee, 4 Jake Ball, 5 Johan Snyman, 6 Craig Price, 7 Johnathan Edwards (capt), 8 Kieran Murphy.

Replacements: Emyr Phillips, Phil John, Jacobie Adriaanse, Joel Galley, Dan Thomas, Gareth Davies, Aled Thomas, Nick Reynolds.

Cardiff Blues

15. Dan Fish 14. Harry Robinson 13. Owen Williams 12. Gavin Evans 11.Tom James 10. Gareth Davies 9. Robert Lewis,8. Andries Pretorius (c) 7. Thomas Young 6. Luke Hamilton 5. James Down 4. Macauley Cook 3 Ryan Harford 2 Marc Breeze 1. Sam Hobbs

Replacements : 16. Rhys Williams 17 Campese Mafu'u 18 Taufa'ao Filise 19 Cory Hill 20 Rory Watts-Jones 21 Lloyd Williams 22. Ceri Sweeney 23. Rhys Patchell

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