Two weeks into the season and we have two wins on the board. This is a testament to the hard work everyone has been putting in.
The playing and management group have been outstanding and I was really pleased for the boys to get the result against Connacht in round one and then back that up against Glasgow last weekend - great results against really proud clubs and strong sides.
The coaching team of Ioan, Dai, Glenn and Whiff has done a magnificent job with the boys, and the lads have really bought into what we have asked of them. We have tried to keep things clear so the boys can be decisive on the field and I think we are seeing that - a team keen to play for each other and for the jersey, leaving everything on the field. It’s not only the 23 you see on match day either - the work that players 24 and up put in to prepare the playing side to perform in a given week is superb and shows how this group is always looking to put the team first. It’s awesome to see the growth in the squad and watch them contribute and add to our game daily. It really is a team effort.
A word too for our strength and conditioning and medical teams, who work tirelessly behind the scenes and have done a superb job. The work we have done in pre-season is holding us strong, allows us to put in maximum effort in the games and be able to go the full 80 minutes and some. Well done Huw Davies, Mathew Rees and their teams.
It has been a great start, and we are very aware it is just that, a start and no point looking back - we must look forward, which brings us to today’s game against Zebre, a dangerous side who like to attack and bring physicality in the close quarters. They have plenty to play for. After two defeats from their opening two matches, Zebre will be wanting to get their season started and what better opportunity than to have a crack at the Scarlets in Llanelli and write their own slice of history.
So for us, this week has been about getting our mindset and preparation spot on to make sure we perform to a level that we expect of ourselves and that you, our fans, expect of us as well.
Lastly, I’d also like to congratulate our Wales boys on another great World Cup win this week. It was always going to be a tough, physical game against a talented Fijian side and what a game it was! The Fijians are irresistible in that form and frame of mind and our boys did extremely well to take the game. It has also been great watching Fonz (Samoa), Sam (Tonga), Tex (Flying Fijians) and Blade (Scotland) strutting their stuff for their countries. A massive game for Blade versus Japan this weekend and maybe Fonz and Samoa can do the Scots a favour against Ireland? Intriguing stuff. Hasn’t it been fantastic to see so many of our players performing at the highest level. We wish them all well in their remaining games this weekend and the play-offs for Wales and hopefully Blade.
With all the usual drama of a RWC we now also have Typhoon Hagibis playing its part having already resulted in the cancellation of games. As you debate the whys and wherefores of cancelling sporting events due to massive weather events, spare a thought for the people of Japan living in the path of the typhoon as their safety and property is put at risk. Cancelling the games is to me a no brainer and we can only hope that somehow the cancellation of a couple of rugby games is the most serious outcome of Hagibis.
Enjoy today’s game and thanks again to the Scarlets faithful, our 16th player, for all your fantastic support. Here’s to more goosebump moments at Parc y Scarlets.