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Scarlets hope for Williams booster.

THE Scarlets are hopeful that Scott Williams will be fit for their European Champions Cup opener against Sale Sharks after the Wales centre picked up a toe injury in Saturday's win over the Dragons. Williams (above) was back to his best at Parc y Scarlets, producing a couple of defencesplitting second-half breaks to trigger a bonus-point comeback win for the West Walians.

It was enough to earn the 26-year-old the man-of-thematch award, but he left the ground on Saturday with his foot in a protective boot after picking up an issue with his big toe during the 31-27 victory.

"He should be fine for the weekend. He is in a moon boot as a precaution. He felt his big toe so it is nothing too major," said Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac.

"He has had it before on the other foot and was right to play the following Saturday. The X-rays are fine, but we will get a scan just to be sure."

The maximum haul lifted the Scarlets to seventh in the Guinness Pro12 table and saw them finish the first block of the league season with three wins from six matches.

Again, Pivac's side weren't at their best for long periods, but showed enough quality to cross for four tries, including a brace for lively wing Steffan Evans.

Pivac has confirmed that Wales internationals Jonathan Davies and Jake Ball will return for Saturday's clash with the Sharks in Llanelli, with the pair having been rested for the last two matches.

The New Zealander added: "Both are back into work, they have had two weeks of conditioning up at the Vale (with Wales) and have had a mental break as well because it is a big season and those boys have played a lot of rugby over the last 12 months. We look forward to getting them back in the fold."

The Scarlets will make a late call on a calf injury that forced flanker Aaron Shingler to leave the field in the first half.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Oct 11, 2016
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