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Leigh Halfpenny: Scarlets full-back dominated out of Professional14 semi-final at Glasgow

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Leigh Halfpenny: Scarlets full-back dominated out of Professional14 semi-final at Glasgow

Leigh Halfpenny has scored 290 factors, together with eight tries, in his 17 appearances for Scarlets since he joined for 2017-18
Professional14 semi-final: Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets
Venue: Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow Date: Friday, 18 Might Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Protection: Stay on BBC Two Wales & BBC Alba, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio Scotland & BBC Sport web site and BBC Sport app

Scarlets full-back Leigh Halfpenny has been dominated out of their Professional14 play-off semi-final in opposition to Glasgow on Friday with a torn hamstring.

Nonetheless, New Zealander Johnny McNicholl is over a shoulder damage and will play for the primary time since February.

“Leigh has a small tear so with a bit of luck, ought to we get by means of the semi-final then he could also be obtainable for the ultimate,” mentioned head coach Wayne Pivac.

“Johnny been’s coaching actually, very well for the final couple of weeks.”

Pivac added: “The final impediment for him was full contact and he is carried out that.”

Pivac expects a ‘nice recreation’ in opposition to Glasgow

Scarlets were comfortable winners when the 2 sides met within the competitors on 7 April, however Glasgow have been capable of end prime of Convention A which secured them a house semi-final.

Scarlets needed to overcome Cheetahs in the quarter-final play-off to succeed in Friday’s conflict on the Scotstoun Stadium.

It was their third recreation of knockout rugby since 30 March, after dealing with La Rochelle and Leinster within the European Champions Cup quarter-final and semi-final respectively.

Glasgow didn’t get previous the pool levels of the Champions Cup, and their final recreation was their loss to rivals Edinburgh on 28 April.

Pivac mentioned he was anticipating a unique Glasgow facet to the one which misplaced at Parc y Scarlets.

“We might wish to suppose the depth will go up from that recreation,” he mentioned.

“Definitely we all know that Glasgow shall be so much higher. I do not suppose they performed their greatest rugby.

“The intent from either side shall be there when it is on to maneuver the ball, however we’re anticipating a really huge bodily conflict as effectively.”

Pivac mentioned Glasgow having much less recreation time in current weeks was not an obstacle as Scarlets have been in that state of affairs final yr and went on to win the league.

“It [the break] offers you quite a lot of time behind the scenes to organize and work on issues.

“Simply since you’re not taking part in video games, it does not imply that you just’re not doing the bodily work. All of us have massive squads so we are able to run two groups in opposition to one another.”

He added “the psychological facet” comes into play now, and “it is who offers with the stress” the very best.

“We’re definitely not over-confident, however we have been in just a few of those conditions now within the final 12 months and the boys get pleasure from it.”

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