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Saracens record 'speaks for itself' ahead of Scarlets clash - Wayne Pivac

Scarlets boss Wayne Pivac accepts that Saracens' record "speaks for itself" heading into a key European Champions Cup clash between the teams on Sunday.

Champions Cup holders Saracens will claim a quarter-final place and new tournament record if they beat the Scarlets in Llanelli.

Saracens host Toulon next weekend, but Saracens rugby director Mark McCall knows his players can take that game out of the equation by winning at Parc-y-Scarlets and securing a European record 14 successive victories.

McCall's men are unbeaten in the tournament since losing to semi-final opponents Clermont Auvergne in April 2015, and more success would see them move ahead of Munster after the Irish province posted 13 straight European wins between 2005 and 2007.

Should Saracens lose - and Toulon beat Sale Sharks in France on Sunday - then the group will go down to next week's final games, but McCall's team look well set to progress after claiming 18 points from a possible 20 so far.

"We were in a pretty tough group last season, and it doesn't get much tougher than (playing against) the champions," Scarlets head coach Pivac said.

"They are a class side, and their record speaks for itself. It's a massive test for us, and one that the guys are really looking forward to.

"We have a proud record at home. It's going to be one of the biggest games, if not the biggest game, of the season, and that's the way we are approaching it.

"We need to win both our games games (against Saracens and Sale Sharks), and that is a big challenge. It's all on this game this weekend."

The Scarlets include Saracens-bound Wales international Liam Williams in their starting XV - he lines up at full-back - while Wales centre Scott Williams returns from injury.

Fly-half Owen Farrell will captain Saracens in the absence of a suspended Brad Barritt, whose place in midfield is taken by Nick Tompkins. Elsewhere, wing Chris Ashton returns to the starting line-up, but an ankle injury sidelines Alex Goode, so Alex Lozowski features at full-back.

McCall said: "I think they (Scarlets) lost their very first home game of the season, and then have won eight consecutively.

"It is a tough old place to go. They have got some big scalps there. It is a game with a lot riding on it for us.

"It has been a good campaign for us so far - 18 points from the first four games took a lot of doing.

"But we understand the importance and the significance of this game in terms of getting us what we want, which is a home quarter-final."

Sunday's Pool Three programme apart, there are two games in Pool Five, with French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne guaranteed a quarter-final place if they beat Bordeaux-Begles, while Exeter meet Ulster at Sandy Park.

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