Guinness PRO12: Sixth-place finish in Scarlets’ hands, says Pivac

Scarlets boss believes his side can secure a place in next season's European Champions Cup after bonus-point win over the Dragons

Wayne Pivac admits it will be frustrating if the Scarlets fail to finish sixth in this season’s Guinness PRO12.

The Welsh region moved back into the top half of the table with a bonus-point 29-10 win over Newport Gwent Dragons at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

We’d be very happy to get there. All teams want to be there for obvious reasons.

Wayne Pivac on finishing sixth in the Guinness PRO12

The win on Judgement Day III saw them overtake European Challenge Cup finalists Edinburgh, who won 37-0 against Zebre on Friday night, while Connacht’s 31-13 defeat to league leaders Glasgow Warriors puts the West Walians in pole position to secure the final automatic place in next season’s European Champions Cup.

The Scarlets now have an extra week to prepare for the visit of Cardiff Blues to Llanelli on Sunday 10 May, while Edinburgh have the distraction of their Challenge Cup final with Gloucester on Friday 1 May at The Stoop before they travel to South Wales to take on the Dragons a week later.

“We’d be very happy to get there,” Pivac said.

“All teams want to be there for obvious reasons.

“I think we have to look at the three draws we had [against Ulster, Edinburgh and Munster].

“We’d done enough against some quality opposition to get the results, but just didn’t quite finish them off, so it will be frustrating if we don’t make it but it is in our own hands.

“We’ve got two games to go and we need to build on this performance, not think ahead past Blues now – that’s our focus.”

Remaining fixtures:

Scarlets: Cardiff Blues (H), Benetton Treviso (A)

Edinburgh: Newport Gwent Dragons (A), Leinster (H)

Connacht: Zebre (A), Ospreys (H)

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