First win pleases Patchell

Date published: September 26 2016

Scarlets fly-half Rhys Patchell was delighted to get a first win on the board at his new side after they beat Connacht 17-8 on Saturday.

Patchell kicked two conversions and a late drop-goal to put a losing bonus-point out of Connacht's reach as Scarlets moved up to eighth.

Speaking after the game Patchell said: "It was a big relief to get the victory. We just needed to win one more than anything. Now that we have won our first game we'll hopefully see the confidence return.

"It wasn't pretty on occasions but we felt that we controlled the territory quite well and put Connacht under enough pressure for them to crack.

"We've lost three before today [Saturday] but we have been away to Kingspan Stadium and that isn't an easy place to go.

"We've won the first one now and hopefully we can build on it."

For the second consecutive game the Scarlets had to battle the conditions at Parc y Scarlets as the wind and rain hampered play.

"It wasn't nice out there. Nobody wants to see us playing in the rain but unfortunately that's what it is to play rugby in Wales," added Patchell.

Scarlets head to Italy this weekend to take on Treviso, who will be buoyed after a victory over fellow Welsh region the Dragons on Friday.

"They secured a brilliant win over the Dragons last night [Friday]. We'll be in Monday and will build on this result and see how we go," said Patchell.