RaboDirect Pro 12: Scarlets targeting play-off berth

RaboDirect Pro 12: Rob McCusker tells Scarlets team-mates to fight like their lives depend on it as they aim to reach play-offs

Rob McCusker has led a rallying cry to his Scarlets team-mates to fight like their lives depend on it as they attempt to reach the league play-offs.

The Scarlets won three matches in a row in the league for the first time this season after a hard-fought 18-13 win over league leaders Munster at the Parc y Scarlets on Saturday and the West Wales region are determined to make a late bid to reach the latter stages of the RaboDirect Pro12.

“When your back’s against the wall in any walk of life you come out swinging. We have to play the rest of the season as if our lives depended on it – that’s what it will take to get us in to the top four,” McCusker said.

With seven matches remaining and securing 13 points in their last three matches, the Scarlets captain feels the win over the Irish province shows that the club can pick up the wins they need if they are to force their way into the coveted top four despite a tough run in and an eight-point deficit to fifth-place Glasgow Warriors, who have an game in hand over the Scarlets.

It’s great for us to keep momentum going and keep pressure on the teams above us

Rob McCusker

The Scarlets’ win over Munster—which avenged an early-season defeat in Cork—came on the back of wins over Edinburgh Rugby and Treviso in February.

“We felt hard done by when we went to Musgrave Park so we were keen to avenge that and show the league that we can win these kind of games,” McCusker added.

“It’s great for us to keep momentum going and keep pressure on the teams above us…we are able to keep our sights firmly on the top and keep moving forward.

“We’re concentrating on what’s in front of us here and now, we’re aiming for the top four against and hoping to go one better than we did last season.”

As the Pro12 takes a break while the Six Nations reaches its climax with the final two rounds, the Scarlets have been given a much-need break to recuperate after a relentless season

“The boys will have a few days off now, we’ll take the time to refresh and be ready to come again next week,” McCusker continued.

“We didn’t do ourselves justice at the start of the season and we’re having to make up for that now hopefully we haven’t left it too late.

“We’re on a bit of a roll and we’ll refocus minds when we come back in from this short break.”

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