Scarlets make three changes for Ospreys derby

Rob LloydNews

Scarlets have named a side showing three changes, all behind the scrum, for Saturday’s West Wales derby against the Ospreys at the Stadium (5.15pm).

Wales international Liam Williams has recovered from his hamstring niggle to start at full-back, while Ryan Conbeer returns to the left wing. Corey Baldwin retains his position in the No.14 jersey.

Johnny Williams and skipper Jonathan Davies continue their midfield partnership, while Sam Costelow has recovered from the head knock he suffered in the home game against the Dragons to link up with Wales international Gareth Davies at half-back.

The pack is the same as the one that took the field at Rodney Parade last weekend with Steff Thomas, Ryan Elias and Javan Sebastian – who will run out for his 50th Scarlets appearance – making up the front row. 

Sam Lousi and Jac Price pack down at lock. Josh Macleod, Tomas Lezana and Sione Kalamafoni continue as the back row unit.

The only changes to the bench see Rhys Patchell and Steff Evans drop down from the starting XV.

Scarlets go into the match knowing a victory will secure the inaugural URC Welsh Shield.

Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel said: “It is obviously a big game with a lot at stake, it is perfect, both sides with something to play for. The Ospreys have been going well, they have been physical and we are expecting exactly that.”

Scarlets team v Ospreys (Saturday, April 23 17:15 Premier Sports)

15 Liam Williams; 14 Corey Baldwin, 13 Jonathan Davies (capt), 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Ryan Conbeer; 10 Sam Costelow, 9 Gareth Davies; 1 Steff Thomas, 2 Ryan Elias, 3 Javan Sebastian, 4 Sam Lousi, 5 Jac Price, 6 Josh Macleod, 7 Tomas Lezana, 8 Sione Kalamafoni.

Reps: 16 Daf Hughes, 17 Rob Evans, 18 WillGriff John, 19 Morgan Jones, 20 Aaron Shingler, 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Steff Evans.

Unavailable through injury & illness

Blade Thomson (concussion), Wyn Jones (knee), Johnny McNicholl (knee), Carwyn Tuipulotu (foot), Tom Rogers (ankle), Scott Williams (shoulder), Dan Jones (knee), Ioan Nicholas (ankle), Samson Lee (Achilles), Marc Jones (calf), Ken Owens (back), Tom Phillips (knee), Leigh Halfpenny (knee), Lewis Rawlins (concussion), Josh Helps (ankle).