Reigning champions the Scarlets host 2016 champions Connacht at Parc Y Scarlets on Friday evening as Wayne Pivac’s men seek to continue their fine start to the season, which has seen them win three of their four opening games.
While Connacht will be looking to pick up their second win of the season as they continue to try and adapt to life without former coach Pat Lam.
Here are four stars to watch out for.
1. Steff Evans (Scarlets)
The 2016/17 Pro12 top try-scorer has started the season with a bang, topping the offload charts and lying second in the defenders beaten table.
Extremely quick with a great side-step, the 23-year-old always beats the first man and is constantly looking for work. Evans made his debut during Wales’ summer tour and simply must start out wide for his country this autumn.
2. Tiernan O’Halloran (Connacht)
The versatile full-back, who can also play on the wing, is a dangerous runner and coach Kieran Keane will be looking to the six-cap star to provide his men with some creative spark.
Solid in defence with a great boot and the ability to pick excellent lines, O’Halloran who starts out wide on Friday night, can pose the Scarlets defence plenty of questions.
3.Tadhg Beirne (Scarlets)
The versatile lock/flanker was a revelation last season and has continued his fine form into the new campaign.
Excellent at the breakdown, the former Leinster man currently tops the league charts for turnovers won having pinched eleven thus far.
A reliable source of ball in the lineout and a powerful ball carrier with a huge engine, it is no wonder that Munster are seeking to bring the 25-year-old back to Ireland next season.
4. Bundee Aki (Connacht)
The strong running New Zealand-born centre is a top quality operator: quick and explosive with ball in hand and tremendous in the offload, the 27-year-old constantly asks questions of opposition defences.
A powerful carrier, the former Chiefs star currently tops the league carry charts, and the Scarlets will have to keep a close eye on Aki, who qualifies for Ireland on residency next month.
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