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International front row line up for PRO12 clash

Ken Owens

Scarlets will take on Benetton Rugby at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday 8th April, kick-off 7.35pm, in a crucial Guinness PRO12 encounter.

Captain Ken Owens will lead his side to the all-important clash as the race for the top four continues and is named alongside fellow Welsh internationals Rob Evans and Samson Lee in the front row. He will also make his 200th appearance for the region.

Jake Ball and John Barclay also make a return to the starting XV with the Scarlets looking to continue where they left off with a bonus point victory over Edinburgh a fortnight ago. Tadhg Beirne, Aaron Shingler and James Davies retain their places in the pack.

DTH van der Merwe and Scott Williams make a return to the backline with Dan Jones named at outside half.

Looking ahead to the Round 19 clash head coach Wayne Pivac said; “We’d dearly love to score some tries on the weekend and collect the maximum points available.

“We’ve made improvements but we now have to take advantage of the situation we find ourselves in. After a slow start to the season we’ve won 13 out of the last 15 games, which is pretty good going for any side. We’ve set ourselves up nicely, we now have to take full advantage of that and we’ve talked about that as a team.

“We’ve gone over to Treviso ourselves and not played very well but we’ve been lucky enough to come away with slim wins. We have to put in a solid performance on Saturday.”

Scarlets team to take on Benetton Rugby at Parc y Scarlets, Saturday 8th April kick-off 7.35pm;

15 Johnny Mcnicholl, 14 DTH van der Merwe, 13 Hadleigh Parkes, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Gareth Davies, 1 Rob Evans, 2 Ken Owens, 3 Samson Lee, 4 Jake Ball, 5 Tadhg Beirne, 6 Aaron Shingler, 7 James Davies, 8 John Barclay

Replacements; Emyr Phillips, Wyn Jones, Werner Kruger, Tom Price, Josh Macleod, Aled Davies, Aled Thomas, Liam Williams

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