Scarlets head coach Phil Davies accepts they are facing “one of the great clubs in Europe” when they clash with Leicester Tigers at the Walkers Stadium in the first of the semi-finals on Saturday, 21 April.
Simon Easterby and his Llanelli Scarlets are all that stand in the way of a first all-England Heineken Cup final – and Scarlets head coach Phil Davies accepts they are facing “one of the great clubs in Europe” when they clash with Leicester Tigers at the Walkers Stadium in the first of the semi-finals on Saturday, 21 April.
The winner will go on to meet either London Wasps or Northampton Saints, who collide in the second semi-final at the Ricoh Arena 24 hours later, in the showpiece final at Twickenham on Sunday, 20 May.
“We know that this semi-final will be our ultimate test,” said Davies, who won 46 caps for Wales. “This game is the springboard for a bright future for the Scarlets region but I have always held Leicester in the highest regard.
“Peter Wheeler and Dean Richards were very helpful to me when I was ‘growing up’ as a coach and allowed me to watch them train and play.
“When the Scarlets lost to Leicester in their last semi-final I was at home throwing things at the TV and feeling as down about the whole experience as every Llanelli fan.
“But that was then and this is a new team and a new time. The past will have no influence on the present and we know we are going up against one of the great clubs in Europe.
“We are as ready as we can ever wish to be – physically, mentally, technically and tactically. I’m happy with everything that has gone on to date and I think we are at a pretty competitive level as a group.
“We’ve talked all season about three key components to our game – Intensity, Efficiency and Expression. On top of that we have looked for consistency and momentum.
“We have achieved the last two through variety in training, winning games and putting in some fantastic performances and what has pleased me most of all is that we have never become negative.”