Date: Saturday 2nd October
Kick off: 20:10
Venue: Parc y Scarlets
Scarlets have started the season well and could potentially have had a perfect record if they’d have taken their chances against Treviso on the opening day. However, with wins over Connacht, Aironi and the Dragons, they haven’t faced any big challenges yet so far this season and this will mark their first real test, making it tricky to evaluate their form.
The Ospreys don’t have a great record against fellow Welsh sides, and their only win in the last four games was in this fixture last season when they won 21-14. The Ospreys’ only victories this year have been against the Italian sides and although there’s no shame in away defeats to Ulster and Munster, they need to improve against the tougher opposition. Morale will be boosted by the news that Ben Lewis has been released from hospital after sustaining a nasty neck injury in last week’s win over Aironi in Swansea.
What to expect:
The Welsh derbies always have a special edge to them, and with the Heineken Cup starting imminently and the Rugby World Cup looming on the horizon, there could be more spice than usual. The Scarlets will be desperate to prove that their promising start is not unfounded, whilst the Ospreys are seeking some consistency to their performances.
All eyes on:
Jonathan Davies has started confidently for Scarlets this season, and is the leading tryscorer in the Magners League with six tries so far. Despite being born in England, Davies has played seven times for Wales, and if he continues in this vein he will certainly be in the squad for the November internationals.
Last year’s result: 26 September 2009 – Scarlets 14 Ospreys 21
Weather forecast: Heavy rain forecast, which could be a factor.
Prediction: Ospreys should be a better side, and this could be the game that will kick start their season. Ospreys by 10
By Matt Kellett