Belfast Telegraph

We're fired up and raring to go: Clarke

By Jonathan Bradley

Forwards coach Allen Clarke has said nobody in the Ulster camp will under-estimate Scarlets despite the region's losing run coming into tonight's game.

Wayne Pivac's men are one of three sides yet to collect even a point in the Guinness PRO12 but Clarke is expecting a challenge from the visitors.

"For me this is a new season and it is only the third game," said Clarke. "If I was in the Scarlets camp I wouldn't be pressing any panic buttons. We're very realistic with where we are. We were content to come away from Treviso with a four-point win.

"We're content to have nine points in the league but like everybody you want 10 points.

"You look at the quality of the league, Glasgow, Cardiff, Ospreys pushing up, it is improving."

Meanwhile, Leinster travel to the Scottish captial tonight for a meeting with Edinburgh and former Ulster coach Alan Solomons (7.35pm kick-off).

With a host of returning internationals, Leo Cullen has been able to select a hugely experienced pack that boasts the talents of Jamie Heaslip, Devin Toner, Mike Ross, Sean Cronin and Jack McGrath.

Leinster have confirmed, however, that Rob Kearney is set to miss the next number of weeks with a knee injury.

The full-back has suffered a grade two PCL strain which will keep him out of "the next few rounds of the Guinness PRO12," said a statement.

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