RaboDirect PRO12 match preview: Scarlets v Cardiff Blues

Last Updated: 20/04/13 6:46pm

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Scarlets host Cardiff Blues in a Welsh derby at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday evening aiming to maintain their push for a RaboDirect Pro12 play-off place.

The fifth-placed hosts are level on points with defending champions Ospreys following a 29-6 victory over Glasgow last time.

Head coach Simon Easterby has made just one change to the side which beat the Warriors. The change comes in the forwards pack, with Josh Turnbull replacing the injured Johnathan Edwards (shoulder) in the back row.

On the bench, Scarlets international outside half Rhys Priestland makes a welcome return to the match day squad.

For Cardiff Blues, director of rugby Phil Davies has made three changes to the starting 15 that beat Zebre 28-13 last weekend.

Josh Navidi returns to a starting position and is paired with Sam Warburton in the back row while Michael Paterson moves to number 8. The other change sees Kristian Dacey start in the front row in place of Marc Breeze who moves to the bench.

Blues and Welsh international lock Bradley Davies has returned to strengthen the Blues' bench after his ankle ligament injury in early January.

Scarlets: 15 Liam Williams, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Andy Fenby, 10 Owen Williams, 9 Aled Davies, 8 Rob McCusker (c), 7 Josh Turnbull, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Johan Synman, 4 George Earle, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Phil John. Replacements: Matthew Rees, Rhodri Jones, Jacobie Adriannse, Jake Ball, Sione Timani, Gareth Davies, Rhys Priestland, Gareth Maule.

Cardiff Blues: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Owen Williams, 13 Gavin Evans (c), 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Harry Robinson, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Lewis Jones, 8 Michael Paterson, 7 Sam Warburton, 6 Josh Navidi, 5 Lou Reed, 4 Filo Paulo, 3 Scott Andrews, 2 Kristian Dacey, 1Taufa'ao Filise. Replacements: 16 Marc Breeze, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Benoit Bourrust, 19 Bradley Davies, 20 Luke Hamilton, 21 Alex Walker, 22 Ceri Sweeney, 23 Dafydd Hewitt.

What they said...

Cardiff Blues director of rugby Phil Davies

"I have been back to Parc Y Scarlets a few times now, it's always a passionate place to play rugby and we will certainly have some of that about us on the weekend. We want to go there perform well and win the game ourselves. We want to move the ball around and score some tries, hopefully it will be an entertaining game."

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