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Scarlets centre Scott Williams has weighed in on the debate surrounding the venue for for his side’s Champions Cup semi-final clash with Leinster this weekend.
The game will take place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, despite the venue basically acting as a home ground for the Irish province, who have played multiple games there this season alone.
Williams says it’s “not exactly a neutral venue”, but is still confident Scarlets can come away with a win after their upset last year.
“The Aviva is not exactly a neutral venue, it’s basically Leinster’s home ground.” Williams told the WRU website.
“But we went to their home patch in the semi-final last year and won. They’ve got some outstanding players and more importantly, players who are playing well.”
Speaking of upsets, Williams and the Scarlets are also annoyed that the bookies have almost completely written them off.
”Yes, it has annoyed us,” Williams said.
“It was the same last year when nobody expected us to win, but we knew we could do it.”
“The bookies have ruled us out completely. We can’t gamble ourselves as players, but I think we are 5/1 to beat Leinster and 9/1 to win the whole competition. If I had £20 spare I’d definitely put it on us beating Leinster and winning the whole thing.”
Regardless, Williams is still convinces the Scarlets can do it, and has highlighted Johnny Sexton as Leinster’s key man.
“It’s not going to be easy, but if we play the way we know we can, as we did against Bath for example, then we can beat Leinster.”
“Johnny Sexton is their go-to guy and he seems to control the way they are trying to play. Hopefully he has an off-day against us”
“It’s about making sure we execute the way we want to play, but you never know whether it might be raining so we may have to revert to a tighter game.”
“It’s about being smart and making the right call at the time, but we will be focusing on ourselves more than anything.”