Patchell identifies problem area

Date published: December 12 2016

Scarlets must start games better if want any chance of upsetting Toulon in their Champions Cup return leg, says fly-half Rhys Patchell.

The Welsh outfit lost their Champions Cup fixture against the French giants 31-20 on Sunday and were forced to play catch-up rugby from the start after trailing 24-6 inside the first half hour.

"We need to start from the start, not give them a lead and then wake up," Patchell told BBC Wales Sport.

"Defensively we need to sort out that first 20. The attacking game worked well but we need to match that with intensity in defence."

The Scarlets are in third place in the Pool 3 table with just four points after three rounds and are 10 points behind Saracens and five behind Toulon.

However, Patchell believes they are capable of beating Toulon a second time around.

"There's no reason why we can't get something out of the group," he said. 

"We're playing some really good stuff in attack and there's no reason we can't turn them over next weekend. Then in the last two weekends of the competition, it's all to play for.

"I think we probably gave ourselves a bit too much to do in the first 20 minutes really, they built a comfortable lead and we only got going after 25 minutes. When we did get going we looked dangerous and you could see they were worried about it."