First half cost Scarlets – Pivac

Date published: December 20 2014

Scarlets boss Wayne Pivac believes his side’s poor first half attitude led to their downfall in Friday’s 21-9 loss to Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park.

The visitors couldn’t replicate their performance which helped them to European Champions Cup success over Ulster last weekend. The Blues were clinical from the outset and two Josh Navidi tries gave them a deserved 21-6 lead at half-time.

Pivac’s troops showed some improvement after the break and although they dominated the territorial and possession statistics, it wasn’t enough to turn things around.

“I am very disappointed,” said Pivac.

“Clearly, the first half was just not good enough, we did not have the right attitude, we made far too many errors which gave the Blues a lot of possession and territory, they accumulated points as a result and 21-6 at half-time is a fair old head start.

“We spoke at half-time about wanting to wipe the first half clean and start again.

“We had a much better attitude in the second half, we created four or five scoring opportunities, but the problem was our accuracy in terms of finishing.

“We let ourselves down in that area.”

The Scarlets are yet to win on the road this season and the defeat will not boost their morale ahead of their next match which is also away to the Ospreys next weekend.

Good sides back up wins and we have work to do in that area,” added Pivac.

“It is something we have talked about it, but it is one thing talking about it and another thing to follow it through.

“It is something we need to get right against the Ospreys because if we have 40 minutes like that against the Ospreys, it will be a bigger score.”