THE sun was shining down on Parc Y Scarlets this morning as hundreds of Scarlets fans set off to Dublin ahead of tomorrow’s European semi-final showdown with Leinster at the Aviva Stadium.
It is the first time the Welsh region have reached the semi-finals of Europe since 2007 when they faced Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.
Wayne Pivac’s side have been in impressive form over the last couple of seasons, winning the Pro12 title last season and now in the top 4 of club rugby’s greatest competition.
Supporters from far and wide in Llanelli were treated to refreshments whilst packing up and boarding their bus. Nine buses were in total. It is believed around 5,000 Scarlets supporters will be making the trip across the sea.
Llanelli Town Councillor Sean Rees, one of the many fans making the trip, said: “It is fantastic to see the Scarlets in the European Champions Cup Semi Final. The players, coaching team and fans have done the Town proud.
“My family and I will be at the match in Dublin on Saturday with everyone else cheering for the Scarlets. I am sure the atmosphere is going to be electric.
“We have already seen a great standard of rugby from the Scarlets this season and I wish them all the best for this weekend. I am sure more memories will be created. Ymlaen.”
Wayne Davies said: “It has been a long 11 years. Despite the defeat in Leicester back in 2007 it was a fantastic experience and I can’t wait for the same tomorrow, except this time, we win.”
Another enthusiastic supporter said: “I am so excited. I have heard that around 5,000 Scarlets fans are travelling. We are just two more wins away from winning Europe.”
For those not travelling to Dublin, the match will be shown on the big screen in the Barn at Parc Y Scarlets, as well as many of the pubs in and around Llanelli.
- Leinster V Scarlets (European Champions Cup Semi-Final)
- Aviva Stadium, Dublin
- Kick Off: 3:30pm
- Referee: Romain Poite (France)