EURO SEASON SO FAR: Nerves set in a little against La Rochelle in their home quarter-final but Scarlets have learned not to panic this season and eventually pulled through. Remember this is the side that lost their first two pool matches against Toulon and Bath before doing the double over Benetton, and even in that head-tohead they enjoyed a little luck in a very close encounter at Parc Y Scarlets. The Welsh side’s away win over Bath however was one of the most impressive performances of the qualifying rounds and they were in steely mood in Round 6 to finish the job at home to Toulon. SEMI-FINAL HISTORY: Three losing appearances as the Scarlets, the most recent being 11 years ago at Leicester’s Walkers Stadium where Tigers won 33-17. A young Ken Owens was on the bench when Leicester, with flyhalf Andy Good contributing 23 points, were just too good on the day. Llanelli had gone much closer in their other semi-finals, losing a cracking game to eventual champions Northampton 31-28 at the Madejski Stadium in 2000, while there was that never-to-be-forgotten thriller at the City Ground, Nottingham in 2002 when they came agonisingly close, losing 13-12 to a late 50 metre penalty from Tim Stimpson that bounced off the cross bar and post before dropping the right side of the woodwork for Tigers. STARMEN: Scarlets are more than the sum of their individual parts but Leigh Halfpenny will need to be perfect of the tee, Gareth Davies at his sniping best and Hadleigh Parks pulling it altogether behind the scrum. Tadgh Beirne is a master at disrupting mauls while John Barclay will spearhead a mighty back row effort. COACH’S CORNER: Former Fiji and Auckland coach Wayne Pivac has done some great work re-energising Scarlets and getting them back to their attacking best. Stephen Jones is a fine lieutenant and Byron Hayward has added some steel to the defence.
Tee-time: Leigh Halfpenny