Scarlets v Leinster preview & team news

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Updated: September 22, 2011

An injury hit Leinster team travel to Wales this Saturday evening where they will look to rebound from their disappointing defeat to The Warriors when the tackle The Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets, with a 6.30pm kick off.

Having suffered a number of injuries to what is already a depleted squad; Joe Schmidt will now have to plan without Dominic Ryan and Kevin McLaughlin who both suffered nasty looking injuries at the RDS last Saturday.

They are added to the list that includes Matt Berquist, Andrew Conway, Shane Horgan, Tom Sexton and Eamonn Sheridan, who are on the treatment table for a while yet.

It means that Schmidt will have his juggling skills tested even further as he looks to build some momentum with a skeleton side. The defeat to The Warriors lat Saturday will have stung the Heineken Cup champions.

While The Warriors were good in patches, Leinster could and should have put them away. The game was won and lost up front. The loss of Ryan and McLaughlin hampered Leinster and they could never quite get on the front foot after that.

Scarlets, like Leinster last weekend, will be defending an impressive home record when the Irish outfit come to Parc y Scarlets. The Welsh side have won four out their last five games at home and this game will be of added importance for the club as Saturday’s game will be their 5000th game that they will have played.

Despite having lost their first two games to Connacht and Munster, The Scarlets will fancy their chances against a weakened Leinster outfit. The vote just goes to the home side.

Although Leinster have a hugely impressive backline, Isa Nacewa and Fionn Carr have impressed hugely already this season, the options for Joe Schmidt up front, where the battle is won and lost, are thin on the ground and if the home side get on top they could gain their second win of the season and add further to Leinster’s woes.

The Leinster side is due to be named Friday lunchtime.

Predication: Scarlets.

Referee: John Lacey (IRFU, 12th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Neil Hennessy, Hugh Watkins (both WRU)
Citing Commissioner: John Charles (WRU)
TMO: Tony Rowlands (WRU)

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