Edinburgh v Scarlets: Simon Easterby wants clinical display
THE Scarlets have been urged to rediscover their clinical edge as they return to league duty in Edinburgh this evening (7.35).
At the start of the season the West Walians possessed a ruthless streak, punishing errors with some breathtaking tries that took them to the summit of the Pro12 table.
That has been missing in recent weeks, notably against Leinster in the Heineken Cup last weekend when they made countless errors.
After the match former Ireland wing Shane Horgan said the Scarlets had gone out of Europe "with a whimper".
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And Simon Easterby has demanded a response from his men in Murrayfield this evening.
"We have a big focus on our game this week and not necessarily too much about Edinburgh. We need to get the execution right in our game and get better at things that are in our control," he said.
"This is a big game for us. We have gone up there in the past expecting to get a result and haven't. We will take positives from our European performances and hopefully we can get a result against Edinburgh and see our international boys off to Poland on a good note."
Easterby has been forced into a number of changes to his starting XV.
Andy Fenby (dead leg), Gareth Maule (quad), Tavis Knoyle (sprained knee), George Earle (concussion), Joe Snyman (chest infection) and Josh Turnbull (neck) all miss the trip north of the border, while Wales centre Jonathan Davies has failed a fitness test on his groin problem.
It means Nick Reynolds comes in to partner Scott Williams in midfield, while Aled Thomas gets an opportunity in the No. 10 jersey with Rhys Priestland dropping down to the bench.
Elsewhere, Pumas lock Tomas Vallejos is handed a first start and Johnathan Edwards replaces Turnbull at openside flanker.
There could also be a Scarlets debut for former Ospreys back Gareth Owen, who is named among the replacements.