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Video – Scarlets v Munster – Preview, Key Stats and Team News

Friday night’s clash in the URC Round 10 sees Scarlets hosting Munster at Parc y Scarlets.

Scarlets, eager to bounce back from recent setbacks, faces a formidable challenge against Munster, who boast a strong record against them.

However, with key players returning and a renewed sense of determination, Scarlets aims to turn the tide in their favor even without their star Welsh players.

Team News – Scarlets:

Scarlets welcome back fly-half Dan Jones, marking his 150th appearance for the club, after a lengthy absence due to injury. His return adds experience and tactical acumen to Scarlets’ backline, crucial for orchestrating their attacking plays. Captain Sam Lousi’s comeback strengthens the forward pack, providing leadership and physicality in the second row.

In the backline, the return of Johnny McNicholl adds firepower, while Tomi Lewis and Ioan Nicholas offer speed and creativity on the wings. The midfield partnership of Joe Roberts and Eddie James brings stability and skill, complementing Jones’ playmaking abilities.

Team News – Munster:

Munster makes seven changes to their lineup, with the return of key players like Mike Haley and RG Snyman bolstering their squad. Haley’s experience at full-back adds solidity to Munster’s defensive line, while Snyman’s presence in the second row strengthens their set-piece dominance. Conor Murray and Joey Carbery bring huge experience to the back line.

The inclusion of Academy players like Ruadhán Quinn highlights Munster’s commitment to developing young talent. Quinn’s selection for his first start in the URC reflects his potential and the depth of Munster’s squad.

Preview – Scarlets’ Strategy:

Scarlets will rely on Jones’ leadership and playmaking skills to control the game’s tempo and exploit gaps in Munster’s defense. With Lousi marshaling the forwards, Scarlets will look to dominate the set pieces and gain territorial advantage. The backline, featuring the likes of McNicholl and Lewis, aims to capitalize on scoring opportunities and test Munster’s defensive resolve.

Preview – Munster’s Approach:

Munster, led by captain Alex Kendellen, will emphasise their trademark physicality and structured gameplay. With a formidable forward pack, Munster aims to assert dominance in the scrums and breakdowns, depriving Scarlets of possession and territory. The half-back partnership of Conor Murray and Joey Carbery will orchestrate Munster’s attacking moves, exploiting Scarlets’ defensive weaknesses and creating scoring opportunities for their dynamic backline.

Key Statistics:

– Scarlets have won only one of their last six URC matches, highlighting their recent struggles in the competition.
– Munster boasts a five-game winning streak against Scarlets, indicating their dominance in previous encounters.
– Scarlets’ last victory at Parc y Scarlets came against Cardiff Rugby in early December, underscoring their home advantage.
– Munster’s recent away victory in the URC was in last season’s final against the Stormers, showcasing their ability to perform under pressure on the road.

Starting teams for Scarlets v Munster 

1. Johnny McNicholl
2. Tomi Lewis
3. Joe Roberts
4. Eddie James
5. Ioan Nicholas
6. Dan Jones
7. Archie Hughes
8. Kemsley Mathias
9. Eduan Swart
10. Harri O’Connor
11. Alex Craig
12. Sam Lousi (captain)
13. Jarrod Taylor
14. Dan Davis
15. Vaea Fifita

16. Harry Thomas
17. Wyn Jones
18. Sam Wainwright
19. Jac Price
20. Teddy Leatherbarrow
21. Efan Jones
22. Charlie Titcombe
23. Steff Evans

1. Jeremy Loughman
2. Niall Scannell
3. Oli Jager
4. Tom Ahern
5. RG Snyman
6. Ruadhán Quinn
7. Alex Kendellen (captain)
8. Gavin Coombes
9. Conor Murray
10. Joey Carbery
11. Seán O’Brien
12. Antoine Frisch
13. Alex Nankivell
14. Shane Daly
15. Mike Haley

16. Eoghan Clarke
17. Josh Wycherley
18. John Ryan
19. Fineen Wycherley
20. Jack O’Sullivan
21. Ethan Coughlan
22. Rory Scannell
23. Shay McCarthy


With both teams hungry for victory, Friday night’s clash promises to be a thrilling encounter filled with tactical battles and intense physicality. Scarlets, buoyed by the return of key players, seeks redemption for a horrible first half of the season, while Munster aims to maintain their winning momentum it’s not a game they can let slip. Expect Munster to win by double digits.

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