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Scarlets final prep rocked by 'burns injuries' ahead of Pro 14 final

Scarlets celebrate their victory against Glasgow Warriors. Credit: PA

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac says his side are managing wide spread burn injuries picked up during Friday’’s Pro 14 semi final win against Glasgow Warriors.

The raft of injuries have been firmly blamed on the synthetic 4G pitch installed at Glasgow’s Scotstoun Stadium that have caused the Llanelli team to alter plans as they manage treatment for large parts of the squad.

Scarlets' captain, John Barclay leaves the field injured. Credit: PA

Head coach Wayne Pivac has been left far from impressed by the state his side find themselves in ahead of Saturday’s competition final against Leinster, that is a re-run of last month’s European Champions Cup semi final.

"[We have] a lot of bad burns’ Pivac said.

“No one trained yesterday in terms of any rugby work out on the field and there will be some who won’t train today which is unfortunate.

[The pitch] “was very bad on the weekend.

“We’ve got a lot of burns, a lot of bad grazing and blisters. It was very hot and it was very firm.

“We’ve got a very good medical team and I’m sure these boys will be fine. It’s a final, these things will heal up but it’s just frustrating in the early part of the week.

“It is what it is. We’ve got to play on them and you just accept it, but I’m not a fan.”

In statement given to ITV Cymru Wales Glasgow Warriors said it was, "entirely happy with the Scotstoun Stadium pitch, which was only installed in 2016 and is fully compliant with World Rugby’s Performance Specification".

Scarlets' Steffan Evans at Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow. Credit: PA

That sentiment was echoed by wingers Johnny McNicol and Steff Evans who bore the brunt of the effects in Glasgow.

“I remember going down on a ball and I got this massive grass burn on my backside now.’ McNicholl said.

“It’s like carpet burn, that’s what it’s like playing on.

“I said to the trainer straight after that these pitches should be illegal.

“It’s high risk for injury and I couldn’t train yesterday because of the burns and my feet were just numb.

And the effects were no less gruesome for Wales international Evans who revealed the gory detail of what the past 48 hours have been like as he tries to heal his wounds.

“You might as well be playing on carpet. It was shocking.

“It’s blisters and then a bit of puss coming out. Waking up when your sheets are stuck to your leg about 7 times a night. It’s not great.”

The west Walians will have to do without influential back row John Barclay for Saturday’s Dublin showdown after confirmation that he faces a lengthy layoff after rupturing his achilles tendon.

But there is better news on fullback Leigh Halfpenny who remains a possibility for selection after missing Friday’s semi final. He will be assessed later in the week.