Scarlets player-coach Simon Easterby believes his side face a make or break double-header against Munster in the Heineken Cup this year, which gets underway on Sunday at Parc y Scarlets as Ladbrokes announce a free rugby bet offer of £50.
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The Welsh outfit have enjoyed an excellent start to their European campaign and have recorded wins over Castres and last year’s finalists Northampton, but now face perhaps their toughest test when they go up against last year’s Magners League Champions Munster this weekend.
Former Ireland international Easterby, who is also the Scarlets defence coach, believes that the outcome of the two games will go a long way to deciding who will emerge from Pool 1 and move into the knockout stages.
“It doesn’t get any bigger than this weekend for Scarlets Rugby and the squad we’ve built up now – the next two weeks are going to be huge.” He said.
“We are only two games into Europe and you can’t win it at this stage but games three and four are crucial and you can put yourselves out of contention very quickly.
“Winning at the weekend at home is vital to us, if we do that and then we can go to Munster and put the pressure back on them.”
“We’ve put ourselves in a great position and the results of these next two fixtures will have a big bearing on the outcome to the group.” He added.
The Scarlets go into the game in excellent form having lost just one of their last nine encounters, including an all-important away win against Northampton. They now sit at the top of the group one point clear of Munster, who have also won both of their opening games but were unable to pick up a bonus point against the Saints.
The game should be a special one for Munster number 10 Ronan O’Gara should he be selected, with the Ireland international poised to make his 100th appearance in the Heineken Cup.