Pivac put it to us straight – Owens

Date published: September 17 2014

Scarlets captain Ken Owens has revealed that head coach Wayne Pivac gave his squad the hair-dryer treatment after their loss at Leinster.

New Scarlets captain Ken Owens has revealed that head coach Wayne Pivac gave his men the hair-dryer treatment after their 42-12 loss at Leinster.

The Welsh region, who began strongly, ultimately fell away against the PRO12 champions as they continue to wait for their first win of 2014/15.

And hooker Owens explained it was an honest post match briefing from boss Pivac at the RDS, as mistakes were pounced upon by the Irish side.

“To be fair, he has been harsh,” he told Wales Online.

“The boys have got to take it on the chin. We all made errors out there on the day. He has put it to us straight.

“The boys have reacted positively. They have put their hands up and everyone individually has gone to the coaches and asked what they need to work on and asked for help as well, which is a good thing. No-one has hidden away at all this week. At times it was pretty brutal, but that's what we have got to have as a squad to move on, is that honesty among each other.

“The boys have responded well in training. They have accepted their errors, worked on them and hopefully we can move on this weekend against Treviso.”

Pivac was not alone however in dressing down his new troops as Owens continued by saying that he himself also pulled no punches with his team-mates following the loss.

“You have just got to be straight with the boys,” added the hooker.

“We spoke a good game among ourselves leading up to it and we just didn't deliver.

“We let ourselves down, we let the coaching staff and management down and we let the supporters down on Saturday out in Dublin.

“We owe a big performance at home against Treviso to get our season back on track and show we are better side than what we did last weekend. We need to turn up in the right frame of mind and look to right the wrongs of last Saturday.

“From a personal point of view, I've learned some things this week.

“We had an honest conversation among ourselves as a squad and, so far, the boys have responded well.”