Barclay set for Scarlets debut
SCOTLAND flanker John Barclay is set to add to the Scarlets armoury for their Pro12 clash with the Dragons in Newport on Friday night.
Barclay, signed from Glasgow in the off-season, has missed the opening two matches of the campaign as he completes his recovery from shoulder surgery.
The 26-year-old visited a specialist in London last week and the Scarlets have confirmed he has been given the all clear to return to action.
"We have had good results on John's shoulder and we will see him in a Scarlets jersey very shortly," said forwards coach Danny Wilson after Saturday's 26-10 win over Treviso at Parc y Scarlets.
The West Wales region will head to Rodney Parade buoyed by a much-needed four points — a victory based on a dominant scrum, two early tries from scrum-half Gareth Davies and a superb goal-kicking display from centre Steve Shingler.
British Lion Jonathan Davies also made his first appearance of the season, coming on for the final 19 minutes.
"It was an important result for us," added Wilson.
"I thought we controlled the match well in the second half and played a mature tactical game."
Twenty-year-old prop Samson Lee enjoyed another strong match, but was replaced just before the start of the second half after suffering breathing difficulties when he ran out onto the pitch.
Lee was helped from the field by the Scarlets medical team, but Wilson eased fears about his health.
"He had a little bit of a scare; he had a bit of a breathing issue. It frightened him a little, but I don't think it is too serious," he said.
The win has eased the pressure on the Scarlets in the wake of the 42-19 hammering at the hands of defending champions Leinster in week one.
But Wilson knows another tough examination awaits against his former side.
"The Dragons have come off the back of two pretty good performances and one good win," he added.
"We need to be controlling like we were against Treviso and put down a marker at set-piece time like we have done in the last couple of games.
"It's great to get into a derby early in the season and great for me to return to Rodney Parade and catch up with some old friends.
"We know they are an improved side, they have shown that and it will be a great away win if we can get it."
After an impressive home win over Ulster on the opening weekend, a last-minute Edinburgh penalty saw Lyn Jones's side beaten 16-13 at Murrayfield on Friday night.