‘The pressure mounts’ – Owens

Date published: September 16 2016

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Scarlets captain Ken Owens says the pressure is mounting on his side when they head to Ulster this Friday.

Two defeats to Munster and Edinburgh means that Scarlets, the only region to represent Wales in this season's European Rugby Champions Cup campaign, are currently sat in 11th place on the PRO12 table.

The 2015-16 campaign saw the Scarlets do the double over Ulster and captain Owens believes the side has what it takes to do so again, despite disappointing results in the opening rounds of the campaign.

Speaking earlier this week Owens said: "There are some good things out there, some positives, but discipline and accuracy let us down. We've created plenty but haven't executed or finished anything off," Owens told the Scarlets website. 

"We started both games really well and dominated territory and possession. When the opposition get a score cheaply and easily you start chasing the game possibly more than you need to and the accuracy goes."

He went on to say: "The pressure mounts. Kingspan Stadium is probably one of the last places you want to go when you've lost two on the bounce but one thing is we've done pretty well out there in the last few years. It's a great place to play rugby.

"Nobody really expects anything from us at the moment so the pressure could be off in that way but we put pressure on ourselves and each other. We have targets we want to achieve. There's always going to be pressure. We're not hitting the panic button yet. We're going to have to front up, we hold no fear, we still have plenty of quality right across the squad."

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