Sky Sports analyst Stuart Barnes has made an unexpected pick for European Champions Cup glory in his predictions.
In his column for Sky Sports , Barnes wrote: “Some predictions? Saracens to regain the Premiership title. Europe? I’ll take a gamble and go away from the Anglo-French for a change.
“Scarlets need luck with injuries, their squad is not anything like that of Saracens or Clermont, but what the hell, the Scarlets it is.
“Our cameras were privileged to catch 40 fantastic minutes of concentrated attack from the defending champions on Saturday.
“Overconfident and over playing their hand, the home side tried to force the issue against newcomers the Southern Kings in an entertaining but far from perfect first half.
“Less lateral in the second period, they sucked the South African opposition into more tackles and found space away from the contact.
James Davies was outstanding but even he was shaded by Johnny McNicholl for man of the match.
“The former Crusader carried over 200 metres, scored two tries and assisted with another. But forget the statistics. So often they are deceptive.
“Full-backs and wings amass the metres with easy counters from loose kicks.
“On Saturday the New Zealander beat defender after defender. They were well-earned metres, while his first try probably registered no more than two metres maximum but was a brilliant finish. It was a second half to make Scarlets fans excited about the season ahead.”