Judgement Day VII - the big match guide to Dragons v Scarlets

27 Apr 2019
Judgement Day VII - the big match guide to Dragons v Scarlets
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The curtain comes down on the Guinness PRO14 regular season this weekend with all to play for across both conferences.

Scarlets are still scrapping for a place in the finals series, but need to see off the challenge of the Dragons at the Principality Stadium on Saturday and hope other results in northern Italy and Scotland go their way.

Here’s our lowdown on Judgement Day VII and what’s at stake for Wayne Pivac’s men.

Kick-off 3pm (Premier Sports)

How they line up

Dragons

15 Jordan Williams; 14 Zane Kirchner, 13 Adam Warren, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Hallam Amos; 10 Josh Lewis, 9 Rhodri Williams; 1 Ryan Bevington, 2 Elliot Dee (capt), 3 Lloyd Fairbrother, 4 Joe Davies, 5 Matthew Screech, 6 Lewis Evans, 7 Aaron Wainwright, 8 Ross Moriarty.

Reps: 16 Richard Hibbard, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Leon Brown, 19 Max Williams, 20 Taine Basham, 21 Tavis Knoyle, 22 Jason Tovey, 23 Jared Rosser.

Scarlets

15 Leigh Halfpenny; 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Ioan Nicholas, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Gareth Davies; 1 Wyn Jones, 2 Ken Owens (capt), 3 Samson Lee, 4 Josh Helps, 5 Steve Cummins, 6 Will Boyde, 7 Josh Macleod 8 Uzair Cassiem

Reps: 16 Marc Jones, 17 Phil Price, 18 Werner Kruger, 19 Blade Thomson, 20 Ed Kennedy, 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Kieron Fonotia.

The officials

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)

Assistant Referees: Adam Jones, Rhys Jones (both WRU)

TMO: Tim Hayes (WRU)

Citing Commissioner: Dennis Jones (WRU)

Head to head PRO14 record

Played 31, Dragons won 5, Scarlets won 26.

What do the Scarlets need?

First of all they need to beat the Dragons, hopefully with a try bonus point. They must then wait for the outcome of the matches between Zebre and Benetton in Parma and Glasgow and Edinburgh at Scotstoun.

If Benetton and Edinburgh both lose, the Scarlets could finish in third in the Conference B table, setting themselves up for a potential quarter-final against Munster in Limerick.

If they finish fourth, they will be heading into an away Champions Cup play-off against either Cardiff Blues or Ospreys in May.

Did you know?

Dragons are winless in the last eight rounds of the Guinness PRO14, since they beat Ospreys at Rodney Parade on 30 December, although that run does include an 18-18 draw at Southern Kings in round 19.

Dragons have made six previous visits to the Principality Stadium, all on ‘Judgement Days’ and have lost them all.

Scarlets have won three of their last five PRO14 encounters, but all of those victories were at Parc y Scarlets.

Scarlets have played seven previous matches at the Principality Stadium in all competitions with their only reversal being 13-17 to Cardiff Blues at Judgement Day 2014.

Scarlets only defeat in their last 21 encounters with Dragons in the Guinness PRO14 was 16-23 at Rodney Parade in September 2013.

Familiar faces

There are five former Scarlets in the Dragons squad - full-back Jordan Williams, centre Adam Warren, fly-half Josh Lewis, scrum-half Rhodri Williams and replacement scrum-half Tavis Knoyle.

Replacement Scarlets prop Phil Price made 159 appearances for the Men of Gwent during a nine-year spell at Rodney Parade.

What they said

“The year has been massively frustrating for everyone involved, but now we just have to concentrate on what we hope won’t be our last game of the season on Saturday.

“You want to test yourself and play in big games and hopefully after Saturday we can at least be in the play-off for the Champions Cup.”

Scarlets centre Jonathan Davies

 

"We are not going to roll over, there is a never say die attitude in the group and we want to scrap for everything we can get.

"Hopefully people will see a lot of fight because we want to pride ourselves on that moving forward. We want to be a dogged team and want to be hard to play against. We don't want anyone to see us as easy targets."

Dragons skipper Elliot Dee