Rory Pitman: Scarlets have to find consistency in Europe
West Walians look to overcome the mistakes and hurt after a disappointing defeat to Ulster last week in Belfast
Rory Pitman admits that the Scarlets have been too inconsistent as they prepare to face Ulster for the second time in eight days.
A bonus-point defeat to the Irish province in Belfast on Saturday means the Scarlets need to win the reverse fixture at the Parc y Scarlets on Sunday to keep alive their slim hopes of reaching the European Champions Cup quarter-finals from one of the toughest pools in the competition.
Personally, I’m hurting and as a team we’re hurting. We have a few things to put right this week
After an impressive showing in the south of France against reigning champions Toulon in the opening round, Wayne Pivac’s men stunned Leicester Tigers in Llanelli, but put in their worst showing last time out as they went down 24-9 at the Kingspan Stadium.
While the West Walians had to contemplate their defeat on the way back from Northern Ireland, Leicester Tigers stunned Toulon 25-21 at Welford Road before Italian prop Martin Castrogiovanni ignited that reverse fixture this weekend in France with a stunning post-match outburst against his former club.
“We have to find consistency as a team,” he said.
“Put the mistakes away. They’re costing us at the minute; those aspects of the game are letting us down.
“If we don’t win this we’re pretty much struggling. It’s going to be huge for us.
“Leicester are going to Toulon. You never know what can happen — that’s the good thing about sport.
“We’re backing ourselves; we know what we can do, so hopefully we can deliver the goods on Sunday.”
Bridgend-born Pitman, who began his career with the Ospreys then spent a season with both Rotherham Titans and Wasps in England before returning to Wales this summer, concedes that the players are still hurting after the manner of the performance in Belfast.
“We knew we weren’t really at the races on the weekend and have a lot of things to work on,” he added.
“We went in to the game with a plan and didn’t execute it to our full potential.
“Personally, I’m hurting and as a team we’re hurting. We have a few things to put right this week.”