Scarlets' Jordan Williams is up for the fight
SCARLETS talent Jordan Williams says he is relishing his ‘David v Goliath’ clash against Edinburgh’s heavyweight wingmen at Murrayfield tomorrow.
The diminutive 20-year-old, who has been playing out of position out wide in the opening weeks of the season, is set to come up against either 6ft 4in Scotland Test star Tim Visser or 6ft 5in former Osprey Nikki Walker in the Scottish capital.
It is a major challenge for one of the shining lights of this summer’s Junior World Championships — but Williams, who stands at 5ft 8in and tips the scales at 12st 10lb, is up for the fight.
“Pretty much everyone on the pitch is bigger and heavier than me, but I just have to get stuck in,” he said.
“They have big wings in Visser and Walker who have played a few years in the league, but it is all about getting stuck in there and showing heart.”
Williams is yet to be given the chance to showcase his prodigious talents in his preferred full-back role this season, but the New Dock Stars product is just happy to be getting game-time with the Scarlets, particularly after missing the majority of last term with a serious shoulder injury.
“I am playing out of position, but we have an interchangeable back three so there has been a bit of moving around to try to get the best out of each other,” he added.
“Playing on the wing is just a number on your back because we can all move around and play different positions on the field.
“For me, it is a big step up to regional rugby and you are playing against some experienced people who have been involved in professional rugby for many years.
“My aim is just to try to play as much as I can.
“I played in two games last year before picking up a nasty shoulder injury and missed out on most of the rest of the season. That was frustrating because it was tough to get back into things.
“Losing George (North) and Andy (Fenby) were big losses for the club, but it has given opportunities for young players like myself to have a chance to perform.”
The Scarlets go into tomorrow’s match with two defeats from their first three Pro12 games, but Williams believes there have been signs that last year’s semi-finalists are close to clicking.
“We are not far away from getting things right,” he added. “Hopefully that will happen against Edinburgh on Friday night.”
Jordan Williams is set to come up against two big men this weekend in the shape of Tim Visser and Nikki Walker.