Scarlets to face former target
THE Scarlets will tomorrow come up against a player they once tried to lure to Llanelli.
Aussie Daniel Halangahu will line up in the centre for Zebre following his summer move from Super 15 side New South Wales Waratahs.
The 28-year-old utility back, who can also slot in at fly-half and full-back, flew over to Llanelli four years ago and watched a Magners League match at Parc y Scarlets with a view to signing for the West Wales region.
However, a deal never materialised and the Australia A cap instead opted to sign a fresh contract with the Waratahs.
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Halangahu is part of a side showing six changes from the Zebre line-up that held Munster 3-3 at half-time in Limerick last weekend before falling to a 29-3 defeat.
Head coach Christian Gajan is without five players on international duty with Italy — Mauro Bergamasco, Quintin Geldenhuys, Davide Giazzon, Luciano Orquera and Giovanbattista Venditti.
They also have an extensive casualty list that includes veteran lock Marco Bortolami, skipper Gonzalo Garcia and speedster Sinoti Sinoti. The 83-times capped Azzurri prop Salvatore Perugini hasn't travelled because of a fever.
Zebre are yet to register a victory this season, however Scarlets coach Mark Jones is refusing to take anything for granted ahead of the first meeting between the two sides.
"They have been very competitive and are a side capable of scoring points," added Jones. "We are under no illusion, we will need to get it right for 80 minutes if we want to come away with a good win."