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Scarlets are up for the Singha 7s Finals challenge

Scarlets head to the Twickenham Stoop on Friday for their maiden appearance at the Premiership Rugby Singha 7s finals and coach Dai Flanagan admits there will be threats everywhere on the night.

The Welsh region will take on Newcastle Falcons in the fourth quarter-final and face a tough job of containing them – no team scored more tries in the group stage than the Falcons’ 19.

Flanagan is anticipating a mammoth challenge for his young crop and, should they beat Newcastle, even tougher tests lie in wait.

"Newcastle first up is a tough first game but it's a perfect chance for them to come up against natural 7s players and players who understand the game," he said.

"There is nothing to say a lot of our boys can't go on to represent Wales this year.

"I don't think there is a weak team in this competition. As has been said previously, kick-offs are so important and if you can win your kick-off and get on the front foot then you will do well.

"I think you look at Wasps' star-studded seven and they are the team to beat but I wouldn't put it past the Dragons as they are up for the fight and ourselves as well.

"It is a big step up for the young academy kids, not a lot of them have played live on TV or in Scarlets senior shirts so it is their first showing and it tests your skill set a lot more.

"I've watched all four group stages and the crowds have been great so hopefully that will be the same at the Stoop."

Friday is also a chance for Flanagan's fresh-faced Welshmen to put on a show for the TV cameras.

"The chance to play against the best teams in Britain – and do it live on BT Sport and in front of a big crowd – is one they will cherish," he added.

"It is a great opportunity for young players to express themselves in a smaller-sided game and it is something I get excited about as a coach and hopefully the players will do to.

"As a region it would be great to lift the trophy as it puts you in a good position heading into your first PRO12 game but the boys want to win trophies and there is no better habit than getting that win."

The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Final is today 28 August. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children on the gate at the Twickenham Stoop.
 

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