Munster will be looking to keep their remarkable winning streak against the Scarlets intact when they face the Welsh region in the Rabodirect Pro 12 this evening.
Tony McGahan’s side have all fourteen games between the two sides since a 2007 Heineken cup defeat and the Scarlets will need to end that streak if they are keep their play off’s hope alive.
Nigel Davies side currently sit 6th in the standings just two points behind fourth place Glasgow and with Leinster beating Ulster and the Warriors facing a tricky trip to Italy to face Treviso, the former Wales international knows his side have a big opportunity this weekend.
“It is a huge fixture for us, it is going to be international intensity because that is what Munster bring,” he said this week.
“It has been almost impossible for us to beat them so regardless of what we can and can’t do this year, it is important we put a marker down for the next couple of years.”
“We do need favours and to get total control we need to win, win well and try and stop Munster getting anything out of the game.”
The Scarlets will include George North in their line up after he missed the clash with Treviso however fellow back Jonathan Davies misses out with the veteran Stephen Jones coming in.
For Munster Dave Kilcoyne makes his first start while Paul O’Connell and Conor Murray return following recent lay off’s.
Scarlets v Munster, Parc Y Scarlets kick off 6.30pm
Scarlets: L Williams; G North, A Warren, S Jones, S Lamont; R Priestland, G Davies; R Jones, M Rees (capt), D Manu; S Timani, D Day, A Shingler, J Turnbull, B Morgan. Replacements : E Phillips, P John, S Gardiner, M Gilbert, K Murphy, T Knoyle, J Williams, V Iongi.
Munster: F Jones; L O’Dea, J Murphy, L Mafi, S Zebo; I Keatley, C Murray; D Kilcoyne, M Sherry, BJ Botha; M O’Driscoll, P O’Connell (capt); D Ryan, T O’Donnell, P O’Mahony. Replacements : D Varley, W du Preez, S Archer, Donncha O’Callaghan, P Butler, T O’Leary, S Deasy, I Dineen.