Barclay relishes Munster battle

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:08
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PRO12 SPOTLIGHT: Back row John Barclay stepped up to lead the Scarlets last weekend in captain Ken Owens' absence and looks set to do the same this weekend as the region head into their first final in over a decade.

The Scarlets won the domestic title back in 2003-04 and reached the semifinal for the last time in 2012-13.
 
Thirty-year-old Barclay, like the majority of his teammates, will feature in his first final this weekend and the proud Scot says he's looking forward to the challenge;
 
"It's exciting. There's been a really good feeling about the place for weeks, months potentially. During the Six Nations, you could tell that the guys were really enjoying the challenge of the internationals being away and they thrived in that period.
 
"I've not played in a final before, I don't think many guys in the team have. I believe that this is a big club; the history of the place, the position of the place kind of dictates that. I knew that when I came here, it's really pleasing that we're in the final and I really feel that we deserve to be at the top table but now it's about winning and delivering and staying up there,"
 
Barclay also believes that the crowd, and some neutral fan support, will play a huge part on Saturday as the Scarlets head to Dublin's Aviva Stadium to take on Munster in the PRO12 final.
 
"The crowd is pretty loud at the Aviva. It'll be interesting to see how the support goes on the weekend. It's nice to silence the home crowd as the away team. The Scarlets fans and the noise they made were just fantastic on the weekend.
 
"We probably go in as the underdog, if I was going to the game as a neutral I'd support the underdog so you'd hope we'd pick up a few fans along the way too!"

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Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 15 13 0 2 65
Munster 15 9 0 6 49
Cheetahs 15 8 0 7 41
Cardiff Blues 15 7 0 8 33
Connacht 15 5 0 10 28
Ospreys 15 5 0 10 26
Zebre 15 4 0 11 21
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 15 12 0 3 57
Scarlets 15 11 0 4 54
Edinburgh 15 10 0 5 46
Ulster 15 9 1 5 46
Treviso 15 8 0 7 38
Dragons 15 2 2 11 17
Kings 15 0 0 15 4