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Davies insists Scarlets can upset the odds

 

By Sam Peters

There have already been some famous wins for Scarlets since Wayne Pivac took the reins less than four years ago but victory away to Leinster in today's European Champions Cup semi-final would surely top the lot.

Leinster are most people's pick as winners, while playing them at home is notoriously tough -just ask Saracens. But Scarlets will not be travelling with fear in their hearts.

Last year Pivac's team produced back-to-back shocks in the Irish capital by first beating Leinster at the RDS ground in the Pro12 semi-final before trouncing Munster 46-22 in the final at the Aviva Stadium.

Scarlets scrum half Gareth Davies has been one of the tournament's outstanding players so far. His duel with Leinster's Conor Murray will be key to the outcome and he's convinced Pivac's team can pull off another shock in Dublin.

"We beat them in the semi-final of the league last year when we rocked up there with no one really believing we could do it. We believed we could and we managed to surprise a lot of people by beating them on their home patch. I don't see why we can't do that again," he said.

For Pivac, reaching the final this year would surely rubber stamp him as Warren Gatland's successor as Wales head coach after the 2019 World Cup.

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