Pivac pleased with gritty performance

Date published: December 19 2016

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac was impressed with his side’s defensive display in their narrow victory over Toulon at the weekend.

Scarlets secured a hard-fought 22-21 win over the French giants at Parc y Scarlets, but had to withstand a second-half onslaught from the visitors, who nearly stole victory in the final minute when Leigh Halfpenny missed a long-range penalty.

“It was a very satisfying win, but very nerve-wracking in that second half,” Pivac said.

“We did everything we wanted to do in the first half, we created scoring opportunities, scored one try and blew another when Gareth Davies couldn’t hold onto the pass. We ran them around and I thought they (Toulon) were blowing a bit. We knew at half-time they would come very direct and they didn’t let us down. To keep Toulon tryless is a credit to the work the boys have done during the week on their first-up tackles. That was very pleasing.

“The boys will enjoy this. We don’t get opportunities to play a side like Toulon, with their experience and history, too often. I am just glad for them that they got something out of it. It would have been pretty cruel if we had lost it at the death.”