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Season Starts At Scarlets

30th August 2016 By Munster Rugby

Season Starts At Scarlets

Vengeance for a comprehensive 31-15 defeat in Thomond Park last May will be foremost in the thoughts of Scarlets as they host Munster at Parc y Scarlets in the opening round of the Guinness PRO12 this Saturday at 3pm.

In securing the final round win last season, Munster made certain of a 2016/17 Champions Cup spot but in the process put paid to Scarlets’ chances of progressing to the PRO12 knock-outs for the first time since the 2013 season – ample motivation for this weekend’s clash!
 
The Welshmen may not have won in Limerick since 2003 but their home record tells a different story, Munster not recording a league win there since 2011 and playing out draws in 2012 and 2015.
 
Despite a dip in home form towards the end of last season – losing to Cardiff and Glasgow in April – Scarlets have never lost three home PRO12 games in a row since moving to their new stadium in 2008.  Add to this, they have recruited heavily in the off-season, with the likes of Wales and former Clermont centre Jonathan Davies in line for selection this weekend, and Rassie Erasmus’ men face a still challenge as they open their PRO12 campaign.
 
The Munstermen do however enter this weekend’s win off the back of impressive preseason wins, solidly overcoming Zebre 17-0 in Waterford before handing Worcester a 52-21 drubbing in Cork last Friday.  Normally good starters in the league, only once since 2009 have Munster lost in Round 1 and that came by a single point to Edinburgh in Limerick in 2014.
 
Scarlets v Munster, Guinness PRO12 Round 1, Saturday September 3rd at Parc y Scarlets – KO 3pm.
 
This game will be televised on Sky Sports
 
Referee: Lloyd Linton (SRU, 11th  competition game)
Assistant Referees: Sam Grove-White (SRU), Wayne Davies (WRU)
Citing Commissioner: Ray Wilton (WRU)
TMO: Jim Yuille (SRU)
 

HEAD TO HEAD – RECENT GUINNESS PRO12 MEETINGS  
Date Venue S M Scarlets scorers Munster scorers
Sat 21 Dec 13 Irish Independent Park 10 16 John Barclay(T) Aled Thomas(C/P) Ronan O'Mahony(T) JJ Hanrahan(C/3P)
Sat 1 Mar 14 Parc y Scarlets 18 13 Gareth Davies(T) John Barclay(T) Olly Barkley(P) Aled Thomas(C/P) Ian Keatley(C/2P) Gerhard van den Heever(T)
Fri 10 Oct 14 Thomond Park 6 17 Rhys Priestland(D/P) Andrew Smith(T) JJ Hanrahan(4P)
Sat 21 Feb 15 Parc y Scarlets 25 25 Steve Shingler(C/6P) Hadleigh Parkes(T) Jack O'Donoghue(T) JJ Hanrahan(T) Felix Jones(T) Ian Keatley(2C/2P)
Fri 23 Oct 15 Parc y Scarlets 25 22 Tom Williams(T) Steve Shingler(5P) DTH van der Merwe(T) Andrew Conway(T) Ian Keatley(C/D/4P)
Sat 7 May 16 Thomond Park 15 31 Steve Shingler(5P) CJ Stander(T) Johnny Holland(3C) Ronan O'Mahony(T) Francis Saili(T) Rory Scannell(2T)
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