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Scarlets Have Far From Ideal Preparations For Pro14 Final Vs Leinster

Scarlets Have Far From Ideal Preparations For Pro14 Final Vs Leinster

Scarlets players could not train on Monday such was the extent of cuts and grazes players had suffered during Friday night's Pro14 semi-final win against Glasgow.

The game was played Scotstoun - the pitch is an artificial 4G surface.

"I've got a dozen grazes on me and my feet are a bit numb at the moment," Scarlets fullback Johnny McNicholl told BBC.

"I've been sticking to the sheets the last couple of nights. It hasn't been a peaceful sleep anyway."

The effects of that game has meant less than ideal preparation for Saturday's final against Leinster in Dublin. Some players were still unable to train on Tuesday.

If you look at the pitch we have here [Parc y Scarlets], it's a grass pitch and it's in a good state at the moment because it's summer time. It would feel the same underfoot as the Glasgow pitch.

When you go down on that Glasgow pitch, you just burn up. It's not good for the joints, it's hard. I'd prefer not to play on a pitch like that.

"I hope not," replied the New Zealand-born McNicholl when it was suggested there could be an increase in the number of artificial pitches.

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"I really wouldn't want to play on them. If I had the choice, I'd rather play on the grass, the normal surface. The bounce of the ball isn't as true, it's not the same as on normal grass - it sort of spins funny.

"The rest of the boys - I'm not the worst - you should see some of them."

Scarlets winger Steff Evans also told BBC about the scrapes with which he has been dealing.

"These [wounds] are going to be stuck with me for a while, it is a tough field that 4G," he said.

"It was just really dry. It wasn't soft, it was a hard ground. The weather didn't help, it was like playing on carpet, it was shocking.

"You are waking up in bed and the sheets are stuck to your leg about seven times a night."

Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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