‘We definitely left a few out there’ – Pivac

Date published: February 18 2017

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac believes that his side could have put more points on the board in their win over Zebre.

The home side put Zebre under pressure on their line early on with opportunities to secure the bonus point in the first half going astray due to over eagerness and handling errors.

Speaking after the game Pivac said: "It wasn't pretty at times. We had a lot of opportunities in the first half, all the numbers were in our favour and we should have scored some more points but it wasn't to be," Pivac told the Scarlets website.

"We definitely left a few out there. Guys were maybe a little bit over eager at times, we made some good breaks but then lost the ball in the tackle and we were probably thinking about wanting to score tries too quickly.

"We were happy to get that bonus point early in the second half. We banked the five points, it was job done in that respect."

Despite the frustration at leaving tries on the park Pivac was pleased with the effort showed by his side and believes they can build on the performance with two big clashes ahead against Munster and Leinster as the race to the top four hots up.

"The effort was there and I think Tadhg Beirne epitomised that. With a couple of minutes of the game left he had a ruck on the far side, got up from that and then made a tackle on the nearside touchline. There were some good individual performances."

Looking ahead to the clash against Munster on Friday, Pivac said, "Munster are a quality side, they're not at the top of the table for nothing. They're a great defensive side. They're the only side to beat us at home this season and that speaks volumes for them. We know it's going to be a tough game and a major step up from what we've faced tonight.

"It's a long season, it's great for the players who are in the squad now to play these games. They're important games, they know that they're going to play an integral part in us making the top four if we can. We can make life a lot easier for ourselves over the next couple of weeks or a lot tougher. These next two weeks will be an important part of the season."