THIS Friday (May 18) will see the Scarlets travel to Scotland to face Glasgow Warriors in the semi-final of the Pro14.
To sum up the challenge awaiting the defending champions in Glasgow, consider this: out of a possible 50 match points Warriors have won 49 at Scotstoun this season. It is such incredible form that has made Glasgow Warriors’ home a true fortress under new coach Dave Rennie and with their artificial surface the hosts know exactly how to step on the accelerator.
But Scarlets made their name – and won last season’s title – by playing a dashing brand of rugby that is predicated on fearless offloading and hunting like a pack at the breakdown. Scarlets’ tally of 158 turnovers in the Opta rankings, is second only to Cardiff Blues (169) and players like Tadhg Beirne and James Davies will be in position to punish any loose play by Glasgow Warriors.
But in order do that, Scarlets will have to try and restrain their hosts who led the Guinness PRO14 in metres gained and clean breaks. For Scarlets the rejuvenation led by head coach Wayne Pivac over the past couple of seasons has created a team that pays little heed to the records of others.
Last season Scarlets became the first team to ever win a Semi-Final away from home and that will provide so much belief in this fixture.
The winner of the match will face either Munster or Leinster at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on May 26.
• Pro14 semi-final: Glasgow Warriors V Scarlets
• Friday, May 18, Scotstoun Stadium (KO 19:45)