Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets LV Cup Preview

The Scarlets travel to the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday for a thrilling Welsh derby clash against Cardiff Blues in the second of their Anglo Welsh LV=Cup pool fixtures.

After a convincing bonus point win over Leicester Tigers, 31-3 at Parc y Scarlets last weekend in front of a vocal 6,000+ of the Scarlets faithful at heart and soul rugby country, Nigel Davies and his young Scarlets travel to their Welsh rivals in the capital.

None of the Scarlets’ LV=Cup opponents in group B won their games last weekend; with fellow group C clubs Gloucester and Newcastle all collecting winning bonus points and Harlequins taking four points from their 26-19 win at London Irish.

The Blues lost their battle in Newcastle 33-3 last weekend in their opener in the LV=Cup competition. In the last 16 head-to-heads between the two Welsh regions, the Scarlets have edged ahead with the Scarlets winning 10 of their Welsh derby encounters.

Rewarding the success and energy of his fresh new line-up last weekend, the back row remains the same with Scarlets new-comers Kieran Murphy at number eight and Matthew Gilbert, one of the contenders for man-of-the-match last weekend on his Scarlets debut – retaining a starting place at flanker.

Newcastle-Emlyn scrum-half Gareth Davies returns back to the starting XV at scrum-half after recovering from injury with Aled Thomas at outside half and Scottish international Sean Lamont taking a centre spot after his strong performances in a 12 shirt in the World Cup. Lamont will be alongside new young Scarlets prospect Adam Warren who scored a brace of tries on his competitive regional start against Edinburgh a fortnight ago.

Nigel Davies said: “It was a great achievement for our group of players against Leicester regardless of team they brought; the balance was similar to theirs and we’ll take a lot out of that and we put a decent score-line on them as well.

“For us, winning breeds momentum and confidence and now we have to back up last week with another big performance. The boys know there’s healthy competition at Parc y Scarlets and with our internationals returning, so we want these players to go out and take their opportunities again.”

Cardiff Blues have moved Adam Thomas from the wing to outside centre in place of Owen Williams. The other change seeing exciting prospect Harry Robinson starting on the wing.

There are two changes in the forward with Josh Navidi starting at blindside and Rhys Shellard at openside.

Speaking ahead of the match Cardiff Blues backs coach Gareth Baber said, “The Newcastle match was an opportunity for us to increase the depth of our squad and see how players will progress for the future.”

“It was the ideal match to do it, especially away from home. We could see how they would react in a tough environment of playing up in Newcastle.”

“Luke Hamilton had a very good game, as did James Down in the second row.”

“Rhys Patchell at outside half is only 18 years of age, but showed game management and craft beyond his years.”

“Adam Thomas who came in from the Pontypridd RFC team showed some real skill and quality that drove us forward. So we will be looking for big performances from these players again on Sunday.”

“Hopefully it will be a fast, open game if the weather permits. Both teams like to play open rugby.”

“We are trying to promote that as much as we can in the squad and increase the skill level to enable us to do that.”

Match : Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets
Date : Sunday 23nd October 2011
Venue : Cardiff City Stadium
Kick Off : 2.30pm


Cardiff Blues :

15. Dan Fish 14. Richard Mustoe 13.Adam Thomas 12. Cory Allen 11. Harry Robinson 10. Rhys Patchell 9. Rhys Downes 8. Luke Hamilton 7.Rhys Shellard 6. Josh Navidi 5. James

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