Scarlets’ plan to hit Bath with power dented by Leigh Halfpenny injury

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The Scarlets are aiming to invoke the spirit of 2002 at Bath on Friday night in their quest to reach the knockout stage of the European Champions Cup for the first time in 11 years. Only victory will do for the Pro12 champions in the most keenly contested of groups, with one point separating third from first in the table. However, a late injury to Leigh Halfpenny means the full-back will be a key loss.

When the Scarlets last played Bath, it was as Llanelli 16 years ago. They had made the quarter-finals as one of the best runners-up and were not expected to trouble Bath but eight penalties and a drop goal from their fly-half Stephen Jones, who is now the side’s attack coach, took them to a 27-10 victory.

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