Scarlets have to start strong

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:21
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NEWS: Scarlets captain Ken Owens admits his side opening Pro12 season match against Munster is a tough challenge.

Scarlets kick-off their 2016/17 Pro12 campaign at home against Munster on Saturday.

Speaking ahead of the opener the skipper revealed this the match is one of the many difficult challenges ahead of the tournament.

"There doesn't seem to be a lot of easy games or feeling your way into the league at all now. That's how it is and getting big teams like this in early – I suppose they can make or break your season in the first month. That's where we did well last season, we started very strongly, we are going to have to do that again this year,"

Owens will head up a side that includes a strong backline of international star quality players but will begin the season without his fellow Welsh front rowers in Rob Evans and Samson Lee.
 
"I think that's been the challenge over the last couple of years, with most teams, to keep everybody fit and on the pitch at any one time.
 
"If we can get our strongest 23 involved in as many of the games during the season then we've got one of the strongest squads on paper in the competition,"
 
Owens also stated Scarlets can learn a lot from last season having missed out on a play-off place.

"We were in the top two [or] top four for the majority of the season but we missed out on bonus points as we didn't score enough tries and I think we're going to have to address that. I'm sure if the forwards can win enough possession we've got a backline that's more than capable of producing tries for us,"

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Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 15 13 0 2 65
Munster 15 9 0 6 49
Cheetahs 15 8 0 7 41
Cardiff Blues 15 7 0 8 33
Connacht 15 5 0 10 28
Ospreys 15 5 0 10 26
Zebre 15 4 0 11 21
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 15 12 0 3 57
Scarlets 15 11 0 4 54
Edinburgh 15 10 0 5 46
Ulster 15 9 1 5 46
Treviso 15 8 0 7 38
Dragons 15 2 2 11 17
Kings 15 0 0 15 4