“It was great to be out there with the boys again, playing with a smile on our face”

Rob Lloyd News

Steff Hughes praised a clinical performance as the Scarlets returned to rugby with a bonus-point win over Cardiff Blues on Saturday.

Scarlets kept their hopes of a Guinness PRO14 semi-final alive with a comprehensive victory in their first game post-lockdown.

“It was fantastic to be back,  just really good to be out there with the boys again, playing with a smile on our face and nice to get a win as well,” said Steff, who skippered the side for the 32-12 victory.

“It is a bit different with no crowd there, especially playing at home here because we have fantastic supporters who make brilliant noise and sing throughout the game. It was a shame to miss all that, but everyone was just pleased to be able to get out there again and put in a performance like we did.

“We have also lost influential people in the club, MJ (Matthew Watkins), Tommo and Peter Rees; for us to be able to put that on in their memory was quite special.”

Steff added: “If you had said we would have won with a bonus point we would have been happy. There are still areas of our game we need to tidy up on, like the breakdown, especially with the new interpretations, but I thought we were really clinical when we had the opportunity and to score five tries against a side of the quality of the Blues was excellent.”

With Munster edged out by Leinster in Dublin, Scarlets still have a chance of leapfrogging the Irish province in the final round of fixtures.

With four points separating the teams, Scarlets need to beat the Dragons at Rodney Parade and hope Munster slip up against Connacht at the Aviva Stadium. If both sides finish on the same amount of points, Scarlets will progress by virtue of more wins.