Pivac hoping for turn around against Blues

Date published: December 28 2016

Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac says they need to recover when they play Cardiff Blues on New Year’s Day when they play their Welsh rivals again.

Despite a decent first half performance, heading into the changing rooms 6-9 the good, the Scarlets were under the cosh for most of the second half with Ospreys scoring 13 unanswered points as Scarlets received two yellow.

Reflecting on the game Pivac said; “I thought we did very well in the first half to go 9-6 in the lead. We defended our line well with a man down but over 80 minutes those sorts of efforts take their toll and I thought they deserved the win,” Pivac told the Scarlets website.

“The penalty count and three yellow cards, two in the second half, with 14 against 15 men for half an hour make things very difficult.

“We need to have a look at our own performance and make sure that we recover well, because we have a short turnaround, and that we get those areas of the game patched up very quickly because Blues will be another big challenge.”

The defeat saw Scarlets slip to fifth place, level on 32 points with Ulster, who have a game in hand whilst the Ospreys leapfrogged to second place and eight points clear of the Scarlets.

Cardiff Blues’ victory over Newport Gwent Dragons on Boxing Day sees them residing in seventh position only six points adrift of the Scarlets.

Pivac went on to say, “Up until today we were reasonably happy to be honest. The slow start seems a long, long, time ago now. We’d won seven on the trot, we’re going ok in Europe and we we’re pretty pleased.

“Today was one of those days where under pressure we made some mistakes. I think it’s a good learning for us, we’re by no means the finished article. Players need to have a good look at that game and make sure learn from it and don’t make the same errors again.”

On today’s opposition Pivac said; “It’s a big game for both teams; we can put some space on them or we can close it right up and the race for top six, let along top four. It’s an important game.”