Scarlets hoping to remain at the top

Date published: January 28 2016

Looking to remain at the top of the Guinness PRO12 league, the Scarlets will be seeking their fourth away victory of the season in Ireland when they take on Connacht at the Galway Sportsgrounds on Saturday.

Despite losing their international stars to the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the Welsh side got their campaign off to an outstanding start, winning six of their first seven fixtures.

Head coach Wayne Pivac has been impressed by his teams performances throughout the PRO12 campaign thus far and added that he is truly grateful that they have enough depth in the squad to accommodate missing players if need be.

"We've always planned to lose some players at this time," he said on the club's website with the Six Nations now on the horizon. 

“We're back to a squad minus Cubby [James Davies] and John [Barclay] really to what we had at the start of the year.

"Those guys did a pretty good job, we'd gone five from five by the time the internationals came back. We're a lot further into the season, a lot has happened since then, certainly the boys are looking forward to this group of games whilst the Six Nations is on."

As the Six Nations gets underway next month, Pivac understands that he will lose more international players and explained that before they depart to their respective camps the Scarlets need to get as high as they can on the PRO12 table.

"Clearly we want to remain as high up the table as we can. There are eight or nine sides going for six slots, that doesn't work," he explained.

"There will be quality teams to miss out – we don't want to be one of those sides. It's all in front of us over next four or five games to stay in the top four if we can, that's certainly the aim. We know exactly what we've got to do now."