Scarlets coach Simon Easterby expects next generation to deliver
SIMON Easterby hopes the Scarlets' next generation will deliver this season after getting a taste of senior action in the friendly with London Welsh.
Easterby gave a host of youngsters a chance to impress as his team drew 16-16 with the Exiles at the Kassam Stadium on Sunday.
And the Scarlets coach has told his pack of rising stars that they will be required when competitive action gets under way.
"We had an opportunity to blood young players and I was pleased to see eight debutants coming on in the game and getting their first taste of Scarlets rugby," Easterby said.
"We are going to rely on a number of these players throughout the season and the depth in our squad is very important. We have to be prepared to build depth to the side we pick each week and that's exactly what these games allow us to do.
"There were a lot of errors in the game but we came through it in the end to get the draw. Heads could have gone down and we could have thrown in the towel with ten or 12 minutes to go, but we stayed in there and produced a nice try in the end to bring us level. Hopefully these players making their debuts will have learned quite a bit from the experience and we, as a coaching group, will take a lot from it."
The draw was a landmark occasion for back-rower Josh Turnbull, who chalked up his Scarlets centenary in Oxford.
"I was really pleased to see Josh get his 100th appearance," Easterby added. "Josh has showed himself to be a committed and hard-working Scarlet."