‘Still a long way to go’ – Patchell

Date published: October 30 2016

Scarlets fly-half Rhys Patchell hailed his side's away win over Cardiff Blues but said there's plenty of room for improvement.

The 23-year-old was to take centre stage in the East v West derby on Friday night as he faced his former club and came up against his Scarlets predecessor Steve Shingler.
Patchell was on the right side of the results both home and away last season as part of Cardiff Blues' squad and he was keen to ensure a similar conclusion this season, in his new Scarlet colours, and he and his team-mates didn't disappoint.
"It's pleasing but it's not so much about me coming out on the right side of the result, it's a lot more about us coming out on the right side of the result. It was a big night for us, we needed to win," he said after the game.
"It's pleasing, at the end of the day the boys put in an incredible 80 minute shift.”
Friday was Patchell's first visit to Cardiff Arms Park as a player since departing the region at the end of the 2015/16 season.
"I'd been here five years, of course it was going to be a little bit different going into the away changing room but once you get over that and get on the pitch the pitch is the same size as it always is, you get on with the 80 minutes,” he added.
Scarlets' bonus point victory over Cardiff means they've leapfrogged the capital region in the PRO12 Championship and are now in the top six for the first time this season.
Patchell went on to say: "We'll see at the end of the year how important this game is, certainly for the here and now climbing up the table was a big priority tonight and to come away with maximum points is pleasing.
"Don't get me wrong, it was a good win but next week now becomes the biggest game of the season, and the weekend after that becomes the biggest game of the season.
"We're happy that we've won but there's a long way to go this year.”