Scarlets aiming to bounce back after ugly Ulster defeat

Head coach and captain bullish after overwhelming European Champions Cup result dents hopes of reaching the knockout stages

Wayne Pivac inists that the Scarlets will be looking to bounce back in Sunday’s clash with Ulster.

I don’t think we need to say much — it’s more about actions than words now. We need a big performance on the weekend.

Scott Williams

A poor performance in their last encounter saw the West Walians concede four tries in a 24-9 defeat to the Irish province in Belfast on Saturday.

The Scarlets host the reverse fixture at the Parc y Scarlets looking to keep alive their slim chances of reaching the European Champions Cup knockout stages.

“There’s only a point separating ourselves and Ulster and our focus will be to turn things around, and try and to get some of that intensity back into our game,” Pivac said.

“It’s going to be a big eight days, but it’s nice to have them at home and see if we can turn it around.”

The Kiwi admitted the error-strewn performance in Belfast, which saw James Davies and Liam Williams both sin-binned, was not what the Welsh region had hoped for and they failed to take their chances.

“We’re very disappointed,” he added. “We came here with a view of getting the points. We came here to win.

“We certainly made too many mistakes in terms of our defence and fell off too many tackles.

“We didn’t take advantage of our scoring opportunities and they were very good in finishing us off.

“They scored 14 points during that first yellow card and that hurt us. At times individuals went quite well, but some of our decisions cost us.”

Scarlets captain Scott Williams believes the players owe the coaches a performance after failing to deliver, which led to the club slipping to the bottom of the pool three table.

“We’ll look hard at ourselves individually and as a team,” he said.

“We owe the coaches a performance.

“We set the standard in the first round and we’re really disappointed in our performance here.

“The good thing is we get to put things right on the weekend.

“Ulster punished us and we can’t afford to allow them to do that. I don’t think we need to say much — it’s more about actions than words now. We need a big performance on the weekend.

“It’s going to be tough, we have to concentrate on ourselves and make sure we win all of our games now.”

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