Evans excited to play Habana

Date published: October 15 2016

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Scarlets outside back Steff Evans is looking forward to having the opportunity to play the best in Europe.

The attack-minded youngster will potentially come up against Springbok winger Bryan Habana, to name but one star name, in this season's European Rugby Champions Cup campaign with Scarlets the sole Welsh representative.

With plenty of pace to boot Evans is a constant threat with ball in hand and says he's "more excited than I am worried" about facing the likes of Habana.

The Scarlets Academy product has scored ten tries in his Scarlets career so far, making 38 appearances in the infamous Scarlet jersey.

Two of the ten tries came in last weekend's Welsh derby victory over Newport Gwent Dragons at Parc y Scarlets, including a thriller in the opening minutes.

"It was nice and early to get a try and settle the nerves. It was good to get the win after what has been a tough start for us. Getting three back-to-back wins going into Europe will help the confidence," he told the official Scarlets website

With last season's injury woes behind him Evans has started all six of Scarlets' competitive fixtures this season and believes the consistency will pay dividends.

"Getting a few starts makes me confident in myself. Playing with such a good backline helps and builds me up as a player. When you look down the backline and see Jonathan Davies, Scott Williams, Liam Williams, DTH they've done a lot of things in their careers, I'm still learning from them and every week is something new, them teaching me new things. It makes my work easier with Liam in the backfield with me."

Looking ahead to the opening round of the 2016-17 Champions Cup campaign Steff said:

"It's going to be a tough game but I think if we can front up into them we can get some tries.
We have to be confident going into these games. We've created a lot of opportunities, we need to start finishing them off. The weekend was a bit of a changing point for us, scoring tries and getting the bonus point.

"Last year we came across big teams who were playing very well. It's what about what they're doing right now and what we're doing.

"We're the only Welsh team in this competition, we're keeping the tradition alive. We're not going to back down from the bigger teams; we're going to go in fighting."

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