Heads back to sun

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the bag, if they can claim two max­i­mum hauls against the im­proved Ital­ians and re­sults be­tween Toulon and Bath fall in their favour, head coach Wayne Pi­vac and his play­ers feel they can be back in the mix come the new year.

“There is a big pres­sure on us to come away with a cou­ple of big vic­to­ries to even have a sniff, but I think we have got the abil­ity,” in­sisted Davies.

“Hope­fully we can start off Satur­day with a bang.”

Pi­vac, though, knows he has a care­ful bal­anc­ing act on his hands over the com­ing weeks.

Jon Davies and Jake Ball are longterm in­jury ab­sen­tees, Samson Lee is still nurs­ing an Achilles is­sue, while Aaron Shin­gler is be­ing rested.

Scott Wil­liams is also un­likely to fea­ture in the start­ing line-up against Benet­ton, mean­ing more re­spon­si­bil­ity on the shoul­ders of new Wales cap Hadleigh Parkes, who made a stun­ning two-try in­ter­na­tional de­but against the Spring­boks.

“He was out­stand­ing, he had a crack­ing de­but and I didn’t ex­pect any­thing less from him,” added Davies.

“He per­forms at that level week-in, week-out for the Scar­lets, it was just an­other day at the of­fice for him.”

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