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Ulster v Scarlets: Visitors need to raise the bar for trip to Kingspan, says Wayne Pivac

By Jonathan Bradley

Scarlets are preparing to face Ulster on Friday night having lost their opening two PRO12 games for the first time in their 13-year history and head coach Wayne Pivac has stressed that cutting out individual errors will be key on their visit to Belfast.

Despite one of the league's most highly-touted backlines, Scarlets backed up an opening day defeat to Munster with a loss to Edinburgh on Friday and are one of only three sides yet to register a solitary point.

"Nought from two is not what we wanted, but poring through the game some of the statistics were in our favour, in fact they were better than games we were winning last season," Pivac said.

"It is disappointing that we aren't converting opportunities, parts of our game we are working on are improving, but the decision-making means we are hurting ourselves at the moment more than the opposition are.

"They are taking advantage of our mistakes and we are nought from two as a result."

Scarlets have confirmed that Welsh international Samson Lee is nearing a return to fitness but will not be risked against Ulster.

The tighthead prop had shoulder surgery after touring New Zealand this summer but could feature against Connacht, who Scarlets face after taking on Ulster.

With loosehead Rob Evans another international missing for the visitors, the Welsh region come to Belfast without both of their frontline props and with a scrum that has struggled in their opening two games.

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