Peel looks forward to massive semi-final occasion

Rob LloydNews

Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel is looking forward to a “massive occasion” when Glasgow Warriors come to town for a European Challenge Cup semi-final on Saturday, April 29 (17:30).

A dramatic late victory over French side Clermont Auvergne at Parc y Scarlets on Friday night secured a home last-four tie against the Scots, who saw off the challenge of Emirates Lions 24 hours later.

“When you look at this competition, finishing top of the table in the pool stages to secure home advantage has been huge,” said Peel.

“It will be a massive occasion. Being at home does not necessarily mean you are going to win the game but it helps and for our fantastic supporters, it’s a massive day out. To have an occasion at home for our supporters is something we will all look forward to.” 

Reflecting on the 32-30 victory, Peel added: “It was an emotional night in many ways. It was a massive win in the end. We snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

“After 65 minutes I thought we had lost it. Clermont in the second half were powerful, they kept us in the 22 and at that stage I thought there was only going to be one winner.

“Credit to the boys, they fought so hard. We were clinical when we needed to be and I am proud of the effort and character we showed to stay in that game.

“There is a lot of work to do but the spirit and fight was huge, the way we came back to win the game was fantastic.”

Skipper Josh Macleod put in another totemic display in the back row.

“Hopefully we can kick on,” said the Wales international.

“We are not over the finish line yet and hopefully we have another two games left in this competition. Spirits, guts and determination is what pretty much has changed our season. Our attack can win us games but defence will hopefully wins us titles, and that character is what we have demonstrated.

“It was just a matter of hanging in there. We kept fighting until the last minute and that is what knockout rugby is all about.”