The Scarlets face Toulon on Saturday night in a Challenge Cup quarter-final at Stade Felix Mayol.
The Llanelli outfit are the last Welsh side standing in Europe this term and, boasting 11 internationals in their starting line-up, the Scarlets will hope to do a lot better than the Dragons in their 56-17 defeat to Bristol on Friday night.
Glenn Delaney’s men will also be hoping to steer clear of a repeat performance of Toulon’s emphatic victory in Llanelli in a February pool game, where the French were too powerful up front and too clever behind.
Toulon v Scarlets will be broadcast live on BT Sport 3 and S4C, with TV coverage beginning at 8.15pm on BT Sport and 8pm on S4C. BT Sport customers can live stream the match on the app or website.
Toulon: Daniel Ikpefan; Masivesi Dakuwaqa, Bryce Heem, Duncan Paia’aua, Gabin Villiere; Baptiste Serin, Sonatane Takulua; Jean-Baptiste Gros, Anthony Etrillard (capt), Beka Gigashvili, Swan Rebbadj, Romain Taofifenua, Charles Ollivon, Raphael Lakafia, Sergio Parisse.
Replacements: Bastien Soury, Florian Fresia, Emerick Setiano, Erwan Dridi, Brian Alainu’uese, Julien Ory, Louis Carbonel, Facundo Isa.
Scarlets: Leigh Halfpenny; Johnny McNicholl, Steff Hughes, Johnny Williams, Steff Evans; Dan Jones, Gareth Davies; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens (capt), Samson Lee, Jake Ball, Sam Lousi, Blade Thomson, Josh Macleod, Sione Kalamafoni.
Replacements: Ryan Elias, Phil Price, Javan Sebastian, Lewis Rawlins, James Davies, Kieran Hardy, Angus O’Brien, Tyler Morgan.
The Scarlets have exited the European Challenge Cup at the quarter-final stage after losing to Toulon at Stade Mayol.
They had a late chance at a shot at victory when just metres out from the home line, only for the French forwards to drive them off the ball.
They were also left with injury concerns over Leigh Halpenny and Johnny McNicholl which could be a worry for Wales coach Wayne Pivac.
There’s more bad news for the visitors as Johnny McNicholl leaves the field after appearing to damage his right ankle.
He appears to get his head in the wrong position as the big wing drives through.
As brave as a lion, he attempts to carry on, only to be ordered to take a HIA by the officials.
There’s a try-scoring chance for the Scarlets as Steff Evans breaks after a Toulon counter comes to grief.
He looks as if he’s going to score, but he’s reeled in by the lightning quick wing Gabin Villiere.
They are indebted to their replacement fly-half Louis Carbonel, who breaks from a tapped penalty and opens up the Scarlets’ defence.
Ollivon features as the ball is eventually worked to Parisse and the No. 8 touches down.
Toulon have struggled with their goalkicking in this competition, but Louis Carbonel slots over a penalty shot from 30 metres.
Let’s be bold and say the next score could go be key in how this game pans out.
He doesn’t miss many, but Leigh Halfpenny has just put a long-range attempt wide of the posts.
Let’s hope from a Welsh perspective the visitors don’t come to rue that turn of events.
We’re back for the second half and within seconds Ken Owens achieves a turnover by ripping the ball from a Toulon ball carrier.
It’s been trench warfare from the start, with no quarter asked in contact and none given.
Toulon did actually cross the Scarlets line, only to see their appeal for a try ruled out after a forward pass.
Halfpenny has been impeccable for the Scarlets, with Sione Kalamafoni also prominent in the rugged close-quarter exchanges.
Gareth Davies is looking to put press on a Toulon player when he is taken out by the arm of Romain Taofifenua.
It’s a ridiculous challenge from the giant lock which is labelled ‘the clothes line from hell’ in TV commentary.
Gareth Davies is taken out illegally at a ruck, presenting Halfpenny with a penalty shot from 30 metres.
No, it’s not. A sweeping move that features Daniel Ikpefan and Charles Ollivon ends with Sergio Parisse crossing.
There’s not much flowing rugby in this game so far, but the Scarlets are holding their own and matching Toulon’s physicality.
There is a suggestion in commentary that Lee may have gone down first, but it didn’t look that way from here.
Toulon look certain to score as the ball is spread right to the full-back Daniel Ikepfan.
He is quick and dangerous, but Leigh Halfpenny rips across field to chainsaw him to the ground.
Well, when you have a life blog to update every two minutes and a match report to put together for close to the final whistle, mark my words…it is.
The kick is a long way out, but Leigh Halfpenny makes it looks as if it’s from 10 metres.
We’re underway with Toulon decked out in scarlet and the Scarlets sporting a grey number.
* Toulon have won seven out of nine previous European meetings with the Scarlets, including all three of the teams’ Challenge Cup contests.
* Four of the last five meetings between the clubs have been decided by three points or few (suggesting, he writes, more than a shade tentatively, that the visitors this evening have nothing to fear).
* Toulon have won two of their three matches at this stage of the competition, while the Scarlets have lost both their previous encounters in the last eight.
* The French recorded the best tackle success rate of any side during the Challenge Cup pool stage, completing 88 percent of their 896 attempted hits.
* Scarlets were one of just two clubs not to receive a yellow card in the pool stage of the competition, though they did pick up a red when Tevita Ratuva received his marching orders for a dangerous challenge against Toulon.
* Toulon’s Baptiste Serin has come up with seven try assists in the tournament this term, two more than any other player.
Sam Warburton has just said on telly he’s backing the Scarlets to get the job done on the Cote d’Azur.
He did suggest Jonathan Davies was back, but, excellent pundit that he is, Sam’s a bit awry on that one.
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