Blow for Scarlets as Kristian Phillips out for up to six weeks
THE Scarlets are facing another reshuffle to their back division after wing Kristian Phillips was ruled out of action for four to six weeks.
Phillips fractured a bone in his hand during his side’s 42-19 Pro12 loss to Leinster last weekend.
Following the departures of George North and Andy Fenby in the off-season and the injury-enforced retirement of Morgan Stoddart, Phillips’s setback leaves the Scarlets’ with limited experience out wide.
“It is a disappointment for Kristian and for us,” said forwards coach Danny Wilson. “Kristian has had a good pre-season and has raised his game. But it is what it is and we are going to have to make a few adjustments.
“There is nobody walking through the door immediately so we have got to get on with it.
“We are slightly short there with that injury, I am not going to hide away from it, but we have definitely got players who can be versatile, we have proved that in the past.”
The Scarlets will also be without scrum-half Rhodri Williams for Saturday’s clash with Treviso in Llanelli.
Williams, outstanding in the Junior World Championship this summer, picked up a shoulder injury after coming on as a second-half replacement against Leinster. Aled Davies, who was withdrawn from the Llanelli RFC squad last Saturday, is set to be drafted in.
South African lock Joe Snyman is expected to feature, despite leaving the field during the second half with an arm injury.