Davies targeting big finish to frustrating campaign

26 Apr 2019
Davies targeting big finish to frustrating campaign

Jonathan Davies says the Scarlets have to put their frustrations to one side and finish the regular Guinness PRO14 season with a flourish in Saturday’s Judgement Day clash against the Dragons.

Champions in 2017 and losing finalists last year, the West Walians are in a scrap to qualify for next season’s European Champions Cup.

They go into the Principality Stadium showpiece sitting in fifth place in the Conference B table, but could end the day as high as third if results go their way.

“We’ve got to take care of what’s in our control and make sure we deliver a performance,” said the 73-cap Wales centre.

“Hopefully, the performance will warrant the result we need and then we’re reliant on other teams to do us a favour.

“It’s not the scenario we want to be in, but unfortunately that’s where we’re at.”

Since the inception of European competition, the Scarlets have always been in the top tier and are four-times semi-finalists.

“You look back to when Llanelli had the big European days and since we’ve been a region as well we’ve had big days too. Those are the ones you remember and chat about,” added Davies.

“The Champions Cup is the competition we want to be in. It is very important we get there.

“We have to make sure we get the result on Saturday to put as much pressure as we can on our other opponents in the league. We’ve got to respect the Dragons. They’re a dogged team, they always front up and we have to make sure we bring tempo and play the way we want to play.”

Reflecting on the season, Davies added:  “It’s been hugely frustrating. We had a lot of expectation on us as a squad and that came from us as well.  We expected to be competing on all fronts.

“When you look at what’s happened maybe you can say injuries have hampered us a little bit, but we’ve just lacked the basic fundamentals which have been the bedrock of our game in the last few years.

“The year has been massively frustrating for everyone involved, but now we just have to concentrate on what we hope won’t be our last game of the season on Saturday.

“You want to test yourself and play in big games and hopefully after Saturday we can at least be in the play-off for the Champions Cup.”