SCARLETS head coach Wayne Pivac has said there is ‘everything to play for’ when they face Ospreys in a mouth watering local derby at Parc Y Scarlets on Saturday (Oct 6).
Pivac said: “I love these games, it brings the best out of the players.
“It is a local derby and everybody wants to win the game.”
Former Scarlets players George North and Aled Davies are set to be featured in the Ospreys side and Pivac has highlighted the danger that they can bring.
He said: “He (North) is a world class player and he is topping their carries and meters gained.
“He is a big man, he’s quick and has a great step. Whoever is marking him is going to have a job on their hands and we have to make sure that we don’t give him too much time and space.
“Everybody respects him for the player that he is and we hope that we don’t give him too much of an opportunity.”
Scarlets will be without Wales international prop Rob Evans who is sidelined with a shoulder injury but open-side flankers Will Boyde and Josh Macloed are back to full fitness.
Club captain Ken Owens has said that he has seen the side come a long way since the days of ‘one-sided’ derbies against the Ospreys.
He said: “For a long period they were a lot better than us. Recently there was been a shift in mindset, we respect all teams but we don’t fear many.
It was where we were as a region at the time for a big chunk of my career where they were just a lot better than us. We have improved significantly and we are a lot more confident in our ability.
They (Ospreys) look really sharp and they will be coming down here full of confidence and wanting to get stuck into us and try to take our home record.”
Former Ospreys centre Fonotia has said he is looking forward to playing against his former team mates.
He said: “I think Allen Clarke has got them going in the right direction, they have bounced back from last year and are having a pretty good season so far.”
Scarlets V Ospreys
Parc Y Scarlets, Llanelli
Saturday (Oct 6) Kick off: 15:00
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)