Scarlets spurred by Anglo-Welsh rivalry in Harlequins clash
HEAD coach Simon Easterby believes his players will be spurred on by the added edge of an Anglo-Welsh battle when the Scarlets take on Harlequins in the opening round of this season's Heineken Cup tomorrow (3.40pm).
Matches at top English clubs have brought the best out of the West Walians in recent seasons.
Two years ago they headed to Northampton's Franklin's Gardens where they stunned the Saints with a bonus point win, while the triumph at London Irish's Madejski Stadium in 2009 ranks as one of the region's more memorable away day triumphs.
The Scarlets have only met the Quins once at The Stoop in European competition — losing 29-24 during the 2008-09 season.
"We have been able to get up for the big games in the past and although some of our players were probably still in school for that London Irish game, they were pretty special memories for the players and the supporters there that day," said the former Ireland international.
"It would be great if we could reproduce that type of performance and get some early momentum into our Heineken Cup campaign, which you need in this tournament.
"Playing English sides