by ExpoSport Editor
Venue: Parc y Scarlets
Date: Saturday, 20 January, 2018
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT
EUROPEAN Champions Cup fever descended on Llanelli as kick-off approached in the Scarlets clash with Toulon.
A point separated the sides as they prepared to battle for top spot and a place in the quarter finals, and a sell-out crowd was expected at Parc y Scarlets.
Even Llanelli-born BBC newsreader Huw Edwards was keen to add his support, although he confirmed that he wasn’t able to attend the game.
— Huw Edwards (@huwbbc) 20 January 2018
Such was the scramble for seats with less than an hour to kick-off, the club tweeted supporters asking them to release tickets if they were not intending to buy.
If you’ve put a ticket in your shopping basket and you’re not purchasing please release it! 👍
— Scarlets Rugby (@scarlets_rugby) January 20, 2018
Scarlets will be looking to avenge their narrow 21-20 defeat to Toulon in France last month and create a special night in West Wales.
Fans were encouraged to #PacktheParc for the occasion, which also marks prop Rob Evans’ 100th appearance for the home side.
— Scarlets Rugby (@scarlets_rugby) 20 January 2018
Head coach Wayne Pivac’s team selection was bolstered by the news that Leigh Halfpenny had passed his fitness test. Pivac confirmed that he would feature in the 23 alongside Dan Jones and Rhys Patchell.
“We hope it’s going to be a sell-out. It should be a great atmosphere and the 16th man is what we are after,” he said.
Scrumhalf Gareth Davies added: “We just came up short a few months ago out there, so we will look over that game and see where we can improve and hopefully we can do a bit better this time and come away with another famous win.”