Josh Macleod reflects on Boxing Day loss

Rob LloydNews

Josh Macleod has spoken about the hurt the players are feeling following recent results at Parc y Scarlets.

The skipper returned to action for the Boxing Day derby against the Ospreys, a game in which the Scarlets went down to a 25-11 defeat, despite a dominant opening half.

Macleod said: “The result hurts. As a group we spoke afterwards that we have been questioned by a lot of people, a lot of our fans, which hurts. We need people to know that it hurts and I would like to think that reflected in the performance to a certain extent.

“There is still a lot of growth, there is a lot of stuff we’ve got to get right. If we can use that as building blocks, we are not going to go far wrong.

“I am not sure on the stats, but we weren’t clinical enough in the first half, we felt pretty dominant out there. Fair play to them, they held us out, but we need to be more clinical, we need to score points when we are down there, that applies pressure and that could change the outcome of the game, but that is for another day.”

It was Macleod’s first appearance since the European Challenge Cup semi-final loss to Glasgow at the end of last season.

He added: “Seven months is a long time, the semi-final out here against Glasgow was the last time I played and sitting in the stands watching the boys has been frustrating,  it was a privilege to be back out there.”