URC: Edinburgh v Scarlets: Sean Everitt mixes it up for Hive Stadium return

Seven changes to starting XV which faced Sharks in last weekend's Challenge Cup quarter-final defeat

James Lang has been added to Edinburgh's starting XV for tomorrow night's URC clash versus Scarlets at Hive Stadium. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
James Lang has been added to Edinburgh's starting XV for tomorrow night's URC clash versus Scarlets at Hive Stadium. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

EDINBURGH head coach Sean Everitt has made seven changes to the starting XV he sent out for last week’s Challenge Cup quarter-final defeat at the Sharks ahead of tomorrow [Saturday] night’s return to the Hive Stadium for the first time in over seven weeks, when Scarlets will provide the opposition in round 14 (of 18) in the URC.

The capital side currently sit ninth in the table, just outside the top eight play-off spots, but with only five points separating fifth and 11th, there is everything to play for. Flanker Jamie Ritchie even suggested earlier this week that a top four finish to get a home play-off, which would require a nine point turnaround to overtake Munster, is still a live possibility.

Five of the changes are in the pack, with captain Grant Gilchrist the only survivor in the front-five from the Sharks game. Front-rowers Pierre Schoeman, Ewan Ashman and WP Nel will provide international ballast off the bench, while Sam Skinner is rested.

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Meanwhile, in the back-row, Viliame Mata andRitchie retain their places, alongside Luke Crosbie, who comes in for the also rested Hamish Watson at openside. Connor Boyle takes over on the bench.

Behind the scrum, Ali Pricefresh from committing to the club for at least one more year – swaps in for club co-captain Ben Vellacott at scrum-half, and a hamstring niggle sees Jacob Henry step out of the side so Matt Currie switches to the wing and James Lang starts in the centre.

“It’s brilliant to be back home at Hive Stadium with so much travel to South Africa in recent weeks,'” said Everitt. “The boys can’t wait to run out in front of our supporters and there has definitely been a buzz and energy about the squad this week.

“We’ve made a number of changes to freshen things up. Luke [Crosbie] and Jamie [Hodgson] have both impressed from the bench in recent weeks and deserve their starts, while it also gives us the chance to rest a few guys who’ve carried the load for us in recent games.

“We know Scarlets are a dangerous team having faced them in Europe earlier this season. They come in to tomorrow night’s match with nothing to lose, so we’ve got to be ready from the get-go. There is no easy game in the URC and this team will be ready for a proper 80-minute battle tomorrow night.”


Edinburgh (v Scarlets at Hive Stadium in the URC on Saturday @ 7.35pm): W Goosen; M Currie, M Bennett, J Lang, D van der Merwe; B Healy, A Price; B Venter, D Cherry, J Sebastian, J Hodgson, G Gilchrist  ©, J Ritchie, L Crosbie, V Mata. Replacements: E Ashman, P Schoeman W Nel, M Sykes, C Boyle, B Vellacott, C Scott, C Dean

Unavailable: Emiliano Boffelli (back), Darcy Graham (groin), Jake Henry (hamstring), Robin Hislop (knee), Harry Paterson (ankle), Sam Skinner (rest), Scott Steele (hip), Nathan Sweeney (groin), Hamish Watson (rest), Glen Young (ankle).

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  1. Edinburgh need Magnus Bradbury back, a 10, a midfield 12 or 13 with impact and gain line breaking ability. Agree, maybe the Boff to leave which would be a shame, to fund a rebuild. Harry P back to fitness, releases Wes G to cover wings. Fit backs are needed.

  2. Yet again having to play a centre (Currie) on the wing with now 5 back three injuries-including Sweeney.Not having much luck there with Paterson still not back.Need to be careful as despite their poor form their two wingers are very nippy.
    And Scott listed both for bench duty and starting tonight in the “A” match-suspect he’ll be withdrawn from that?

    • Savala should be recalled and told he’s a FB for the next year, he’s got all the skills. This would release Goosen to play wing. Bofelli maybe away to release funds.
      Patterson Henry are promising. VdM and Graham are obviously you notch and likely to be played accordingly.
      Maybe need a winger

      • And a 10; but now Glasgow have Hastings, Jordan, Weir AND Ross T next season, surely one of them will leave……east?

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