Scarlets head coach Simon Easterby has tasked his side with improving on their top-four finish from last season in the RaboDirect Pro12.
Easterby credited a strong start to the 2012-2013 campaign as the reason for competing in the latter stages of the season, whilst also admitting that the club had to work on their discipline.
"When we looked and reflected on last season in its entirety we could be pleased that we achieved certain goals and getting to the semi-finals was a big goal for us," said Easterby.
"Our top four spot was down to the strong start we had last season - and a lot of that start in the PRO12 is based on what you do in the pre-season and the hard work that goes in.
"When you get to that stage and you taste that as a rugby group - you just want to kick on and make the most of it. Looking back we missed out from losing to Treviso and then in the game away in Ulster it was only really in the last 10 minutes we came to life which was disappointing.
"Of course we all take stock and try to understand what was successful and how to better yourselves.
"And we've worked hard on that in this pre-season phase looking at some of how we work under pressure; discipline was an issue for us last season - we had a high penalty count and we will be looking to address that; we've also looked at our decision making under pressure, leadership and team work.
"These were all themes we've examined and scrutinised throughout the pre-season and in particular with the RAF training camp last week - it was good that we brought something different to those few days away and to take the players out of comfort zone.
"Now what's important is that we bring that back into our rugby environment - starting from this week as we head into our first pre-season game against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday afternoon."