Illness threatens Scarlets Pro12 hopes

Wayne Pivac

New Zealander Wayne Pivac succeeded Simon Easterby as Scarlets head coach in 2014

Scarlets’ quest for a place in the Pro12 play-offs may be undermined by illness ahead of their crucial match against Glasgow on Saturday.

Up to 20 members of the playing squad are suffering with a stomach complaint.

Thursday’s training session was cancelled, but Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac is hopeful the majority of the stricken will recover for kick-off.

“We’re hoping a lot of those who come tomorrow (Friday) morning will be feeling a lot better,” said Pivac.

“We’ve rearranged our day tomorrow to compensate for that and we’ll have a bit of a walk-through in the afternoon, and then another walk-through on game day. It’s not ideal.”

The former Fiji coach says he has never experienced such a large number of players being ill at the same time.

“It’s a first for me, but these things happen and nothing surprises you as a coach when you’ve been around a while,” said the New Zealander.

“You’ve always got to have a Plan B and a Plan C, and that’s why we have the larger squads.”

Scarlets may have to draft in players from lower-tier feeder teams.

However, two Welsh Premiership clubs that Scarlets have close ties with are involved in Swalec Cup semi-finals on Saturday, with Carmarthen Quins hosting Cross Keys and Llandovery at Pontypridd.

Pivac’s men have been in the top four all season, but face a stern challenge from defending champions Glasgow, who have won seven in a row and overtook the Scarlets in third place last weekend.

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