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It's a family affair for Easterbys as Blues take on the Scarlets in crucial cup clash

WHEN ex-team-mates come up against one another, there can be fireworks but in the case of Simon and Guy Easterby, it's a family affair.

Leinster team manager Guy (41) takes on Scarlets head coach and brother Simon (37) (inset) with Heineken Cup survival in the balance.

The reigning European champions are in desperate need of a bonus-point victory to preserve their slim hopes of advancing to the quarter-finals as one of the best runners-up.

Guy is hoping for a huge performance but is not expecting any favours from his under-fire brother, who watched Ulster trounce his side last week. "Over Christmas he didn't get me a present so I asked him to go easy on us but he hasn't agreed," Guy joked.

The Scarlets are winless in this season's Heineken Cup but Guy knows that his brother will be doing his utmost to ensure that statistic changes.

"Simon was a bloody good professional. I know he will be ticking every single box to make sure the result is a different result this weekend," said Guy.

The RDS is heading for a sell-out on Saturday evening with only a handful of tickets remaining after sales surpassed the 18,000 mark.

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