John enjoying new lease of life

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:22
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As the Scarlets prepare to take on Ulster on Friday in the Pro12, experienced prop Phil John says that a brood of young players is keeping him evergreen.

As the Scarlets prepare to take on Ulster on Friday in the Pro12, experienced prop Phil John says that a brood of young players is keeping him evergreen.
 
The Scarlets will be looking to secure a victory against Ulster at their Ravenhill home, which will see them do the double over the Irish province after a convincing 17-9 victory over them at Parc y Scarlets back in November.
 
With 244 appearances in the Scarlet jersey since Welsh rugby went regional (278 for the club including Llanelli RFC) John has enjoyed a long career with his club and is feeling as refreshed as ever.

He said: "There's a great group of young players in here at the moment. A number of the senior players are only 26 or 27 years old and I feel like I've had a new lease of life with all these youngsters coming through”
 
John returned to the starting XV against Treviso last weekend and was pleased with the six try victory over the Italian side. He went on to say: "We put a lot of good stuff together last week. We put the right planning in in the week and everything went right for us in the end.”
 
Looking ahead to Friday evening's challenge against Ulster, who have lost only one game in their last 10 matches, John said: "We secured a big performance against Ulster out here earlier in the season. They came here wanting to beat us up as a pack but we put in a good shift up front and got the result."
 
"This week will be no different. The weather will probably dictate a lot of the game as well. Ravenhill is a great place to go and play. Ulster have a lot of pride when they play there and we're expecting a tough game.
 
"They are a great team, even during the international period as they have class overseas players. We've trained well this week and are ready for the challenge.”
 
A bonus point victory over Treviso saw the Scarlets climb the Pro12 table as they look to be in contention for the play-off spot.
 
John, who has 18 appearances under his belt already this season, added: "It is important for me to get a run of games. Once you put in a good performance you can build on that week after week and hopefully we can end the season with a few more wins our belt.
 
"There are still nine games to go and in that period we play a couple of the top four teams. We have big games ahead of us and we have to ensure we get the most out of our home games.”

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Sat, 25 February 2017
Saracens v Sale Sharks 12h45 Allianz Park
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons 13h00 Sandy Park
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Ireland v France 16h50 Aviva Stadium
Stormers v Bulls 17h30 Cape Town
Sun, 26 February 2017
Bristol v Bath 11h00 Ashton Gate
Wasps v Gloucester 12h30 Ricoh Arena
Treviso v Connacht 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Zebre v Ulster 12h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h05 Liberty Stadium
England v Italy 15h00 Twickenham Stadium
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
Thu, 02 March 2017
Force v Reds 10h30 Perth
Fri, 03 March 2017
Chiefs v Blues 06h35 Hamilton
Ulster v Treviso 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Edinburgh v Ospreys 19h35 Myreside
Connacht v Zebre 19h35 Ascoli Piceno
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Highlanders v Crusaders 06h45 Dunedin
Brumbies v Sharks 08h45 Canberra
Sunwolves v Kings 10h55 Singapore
Lions v Waratahs 13h05 Johannesburg
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Sat, 25 February 2017
Cheetahs v Lions 25 | 28
Waratahs v Force 19 | 13
Crusaders v Brumbies 17 | 13
Sunwolves v Hurricanes 17 | 83
Fri, 24 February 2017
Munster v Scarlets 21 | 30
Dragons v Leinster 22 | 54
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 17 | 18
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 18 | 27
Reds v Sharks 28 | 26
Highlanders v Chiefs 15 | 24
Thu, 23 February 2017
Rebels v Blues 18 | 56
Tue, 21 February 2017
CUT-Ixias v Shimlas 13 | 22
Mon, 20 February 2017
UJ v UP-Tuks 18 | 11
Maties v NMMU-Madibaz 35 | 16
UKZN-Impi v Fort Hare 16 | 10
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Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 16 13 0 3 61
Munster 16 13 0 3 59
Ospreys 15 11 0 4 55
Scarlets 16 12 0 4 53
Ulster 14 9 0 5 43
Glasgow Warriors 15 8 0 7 41
Cardiff Blues 16 8 0 8 37
Connacht 14 6 0 8 28
Edinburgh 16 4 0 12 21
Dragons 16 4 0 12 20
Treviso 15 2 0 13 11
Zebre 13 1 0 12 9