Preview: Scarlets v Saracens

Date published: January 28 2011

Saracens visit Parc y Scarlets in the LV=Cup to take on second-placed Magners League side Scarlets on Saturday.

Second-placed Premiership side Saracens visit Parc y Scarlets this Saturday in the LV=CUP to take on second-placed Magners League side Scarlets.

It's the first time the English club has visited Parc y Scarlets while Scarlets have won both previous LV= Cup meetings between the two sides.

The clash will see a host of exciting young Scarlets talent take to the field with a couple of more experienced players thrown into the mix.

Scarlets front rower, Phil John takes the captain's armband with former Wales tighthead Rhys Thomas back from injury.

The Scarlets have opted for plenty of flair and creativity in the backs including Dan Evans at full-back, with Lee Williams and the powerful Joe Ajuwa on the wing, Wales U20 fly-half Steven Shingler takes the number 10 jersey alongside experienced scrum-half Martin Roberts.

Scarlets Head Coach Nigel Davies said the blend of youth and experience would be an exciting prospect to watch on Saturday afternoon.

“We're really looking forward to this contest, there are some young players in this team that are eager to show what they can offer and in many ways it will be a showcase of the great potential we have in the region for the future.

“These boys are itching to get out there in front of a home crowd at Parc y Scarlets and do justice to the Scarlets jersey.”

Meanwhile, Saracens have named Matt Stevens on the bench.

England prop Stevens played his first competitive game of rugby for two years on Monday after completing a suspension.

The former Bath forward was in action for just under an hour in a 39-29 win over Wasps' second string at Old Albanians in St Albans.

Now he looks set to make his first-team debut from the bench in LV= Cup action as Sarries make their first ever trip to Parc y Scarlets.

Alex Goode comes back into the side at fly-half, meaning Owen Farrell switches to the number 12 shirt to partner Rodd Penney, who rejoined the club during the week from Aironi, in the centres.

The teams:

Scarlets: 15 Daniel Evans, 14 Lee Williams, 13 Nick Reynolds, 12. James Rheon, 11 Joe Ajuwa, 10 Steven Shingler, 9 Martin Roberts, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Nic Cudd, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Damian Welch, 4 Dominic Day, 3 Rhys Thomas, 2 Emyr Phillips, 1 Phil John (c).
Replacements: 16 Rhys Lawrence, 17 Rhodri Jones, 18 Dean Howells, 19 Vernon Cooper, 20. David Lyons, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Jordan Williams, 23 Jake Randall.

Saracens: 15 Chris Wyles, 14 James Short, 13 Rodd Penney, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Noah Cato, 10 Alex Goode, 9 Kevin Barrett; 1 Jared Saunders, 2 Jamie George, 3 Carlos Nieto, 4 Hayden Smith, 5 Mouritz Botha, 6 Kelly Brown, 7 Jacques Burger (c), 8 Jackson Wray.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Matt Stevens, 18 Petrus du Plessis, 19 Tom Ryder, 20 Don Barrell, 21 Neil de Kock, 22 Nils Mordt, 23 Ben Ransom

Referee: Llyr ap Geraint Roberts (Wales)