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Easterby slams high error count

27th October 2013 08:42


Simon Easterby Scarlets coach 2013

Frustration: Simon Easterby

Scarlets boss Simon Easterby was left frustrated by his side's number of errors in their 16-16 draw with Zebre.

The Welsh side picked up impressive results in the Heineken Cup against Harlequins and Racing Metro, before coming crashing back down to earth with a puzzling result away in Italy.

Two late penalties from Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland helped the Scarlets avoid defeat, with Easterby admitting expectations had been high.

"After our last couple of results we would have come here expecting a result," said Easterby.

"That's not to say that we disrespected the opposition in any way, Zebre gave us a good game, but our performances against top opposition like Harlequins and Racing Metro have been top drawer.

"We have to give credit to Zebre. They're not a bad team but we allowed them to build momentum and build their game from our errors.

"We can't expect to win a game wherever we go with the amount of errors we had. We were sloppy in the first half without the ball and they went on to build confidence as the game went on.

"I thought we started well but errors crept into our game and they got the breakaway try that lifted their spirits and we never really got back into a stronghold in the game.

"We were very fortunate to get the two penalties in the end to draw the game.

"It was nip and tuck right to the end and you wonder that if we'd have gone a couple of scores ahead we would probably have pushed on to get the victory."

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