Guinness Pro12: Wayne Pivac expects Scarlets to improve

Guinness Pro12: Wayne Pivac expects Scarlets to improve as they prepare for first Welsh derby of the season

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac expects a lift in performance as the West Walians prepare for their first Welsh derby of the Guinness PRO12 season.

In Pivac’s first four matches since taking charge in Llanelli, the Scarlets have won one, lost one and drawn two matches despite scoring 15 tries, but remain unbeaten at home.

“We’re at a stage now where this game is vital,” he said. “It’s a home game and we need to perform well in front of home support.

“We want to grow our support base and in order to do that we have to perform well week in week out.

“We’re all looking forward to the derby. Everybody talks about the derbies – it’ll be my first one and being at home that’s fortunate.

“I’ve been pleased with the competition and we’re only scratching the surface after four weeks. I’d expect us to improve a hell of a lot from now until Christmas.”

Injury-hit Newport Gwent Dragons head to the Parc y Scarlets on Sunday after picking up their first win of the season with a win against Benetton Treviso last time out and Pivac expects the Men of Gwent to throw everything at his team.

“I’m expecting a very physical encounter from Dragons,” he said. “They’ve emptied the tanks and taken a lot of energy into their games so far so we know they’ll be very physical.”

The Scarlets let slip a 17-3 lead against Edinburgh to draw 20-20 at BT Murrayfield Stadium on Friday, and the New Zealander described the result as a like a defeat after throwing away a win for the second time this season.

“Both draws, against Ulster and Edinburgh, were games that we came away feeling bitterly disappointed – and that’s the whole group not just management,” he added.

“We are better than those results. They felt like losses to us all.”

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