Scarlets v Edinburgh - RaboDirect PRO12 match preview
Last Updated: 01/03/13 7:05pm
The Scarlets will look to record their fourth successive win at home when they take on Edinburgh on Friday.
The Scarlets remain in the fringes of the play-offs, with their loss last time out to Leinster seeing them drop to fifth.
Samson Lee, Jake Ball, Aaron Shingler and Johnathan Edwards have been named in the pack for the clash with Liam Williams having been released by Wales to play.
Edinburgh coach Michael Bradley has recalled Dave Denton after the No 8 was released by Scotland to play.
Denton is joined by Allan Jacobsen, Steven Lawrie and Ben Cairns in the only changes to the Edinburgh line-up.
Scarlets: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Nick Reynolds, 13 Gareth Maule, 12 Adam Warren, 11 Andy Fenby, 10 Aled Thomas, 9 Aled Davies, 1 Phil John, 2 Emyr Phillips, 3 Samson Lee, 4 Jake Ball, 5 Johan Synman, 6 Aaron Shingler, 7 Johnathan Edwards, 8 Rob McCusker (capt).
Replacements: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Rhodri Jones, 18 Deacon Manu, 19 Sione Timani, 20 Kieran Murphy, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Owen Williams, 23 Kristian Phillips.
Edinburgh: 15 Greig Tonks, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 Ben Cairns, 12 Ben Atiga, 11 Lee Jones, 10 Harry Leonard, 9 Richie Rees, 8 David Denton, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Stuart McInally, 5 Sean Cox (c), 4 Perry Parker, 3 Willem Nel, 2 Steven Lawrie, 1 Allan Jacobsen.
Replacements: 16 Andy Titterrell, 17 John Yapp, 18 Alex Allan, 19 Robert McAlpine, 20 Netani Talei, 21 Chris Leck, 22 Piers Francis, 23 Tom Brown.
What they said...
Scarlets coach Simon Easterby
"We are taking nothing for granted in this fixture and we need to finish this block of rugby on a high point after working hard to regain our home form in the past month.
"Edinburgh had a young side out last weekend, they will bring back some of their experience who will be on a high after being part of the team that beat Ireland at Murrayfield. There's plenty for their players to prove including trying to impress with a new coaching lead coming in next season.
Edinburgh coach Michael Bradley
"It's clear we're in desperate need of a win and the players have worked exceptionally hard, in some very vocal and physical training sessions, as we prepare mentally and physically to front up to one of the top teams in the division in their own back yard.
"The players are well aware that the performances haven't been up to scratch this season but I've been impressed by their resolve, their commitment and attention to detail in how they can improve and rally together."
RaboDirect PRO12 2012/13 Round 17
Munster's RaboDirect PRO12 play-off ambitions suffered a further hit as they were held 13-13 draw by the Ospreys.
Glasgow Warriors defeated Cardiff Blues 29-13 to move to the top of the RaboDirect PRO12 table.
Leinster held off a one-man performance by Newport Gwent Dragons' Steffan Jones to ease to a 26-19 win at Rodney Parade.