Ken Owens wants Scarlets to raise bar against Glasgow
HOOKER Ken Owens believes the Scarlets are ready to raise the bar ahead of a testing three weeks for the West Wales region.
Pro12 leaders Glasgow Warriors are the visitors to Llanelli on Saturday evening (6.30) before Heineken Cup action takes centre stage with pool ties against former English champions Harlequins at The Stoop and French giants Racing Metro at Parc y Scarlets.
It has been a mixed start to the season for Simon Easterby's men, who currently sit in sixth in the table with two defeats and two losses from their opening four matches.
Last weekend's encouraging 22-9 win at Edinburgh has raised spirits after a disappointing defeat to the Dragons in Newport and Owens acknowledges the players cannot afford to let standards slip.
"We know the season is building," said the Wales international. "We have a big weekend in the league against a very good side in Glasgow and then Europe is upon us.
"The boys are working hard and it is important now that we start delivering an 80-minute display.
"We were good for 40 against Leinster, put in a good all-round performance against Treviso, played some decent stuff for an hour after that shocking first 20 against the Dragons and stepped it up last weekend against Edinburgh.
"The challenge for us is building on that.
"Our two wins against Glasgow last season went a long way to pushing us into that top four at the end of the season and that is the target again."
The Scarlets will give late fitness tests to scrum-half Gareth Davies, who missed the Murrayfield triumph with a calf injury, and lock Joe Snyman, who picked up a jaw injury in that match.
Snyman went for an X-ray after the game, but it revealed no fracture and the tough-tackling South Africa is hoping to be in contention for Saturday's clash.
The Shingler brothers, Steve and Aaron, have also been back in full training this week with Steve recovered from his foot injury and Aaron over the neck sprain that forced him to miss the trip to Scotland.
Full-back Gareth Owen remains sidelined with a knee injury, although the region's medical team are hopeful he could be available next week.