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Scarlets happy to be written off all over again, maintains Evans


By Cian Tracey

There is a lot to admire about the Scarlets and how they go about their business.

Whether it is the Welsh side's thrilling style of play, or the manner in which they continue to prove doubters wrong, Irish supporters can certainly relate to a lot of what the Scarlets stand for.

No one gave them any hope when they rocked up at the RDS Arena for last season's PRO12 semi-final, and certainly not when Steff Evans was sent off just before half-time.

But with their backs against the wall, Wayne Pivac's men pulled off a major upset. Then they repeated the trick a week later, up the road at the Aviva Stadium against Munster, to be crowned champions.

Returning to the capital this weekend, Leinster will again be heavy favourites and that will not bother the Scarlets one bit.

"Maybe we are underestimated but it is something that we don't really care about," loosehead Rob Evans insists.

"If people want to underestimate us then happy days, but we'll do our talking on the field and see the outcome afterwards.

"If they are right, they're right. We have to make sure we are on the money and get the result."

Injury to Tadhg Furlong during the Six Nations denied supporters what would have been a titanic scrum battle, but two months on, and back at the Aviva, the two powerful props will go head-to-head.

"He's (Furlong) obviously a good player, a British (and Irish) Lion," Evans added.

"He's probably known as one of the best in the world now. It's nothing I'm really scared about or anything, I'm looking forward to giving it a good go. I was a bit gutted we didn't get a bash-out in the Six Nations really.

"We're happy enough as a pack as it is. We wouldn't change anyone really in our pack. Hopefully it will be the same this Saturday.

"I think both sides have improved, especially Leinster, so it's going to be a whole different challenge for us."

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