“An awesome night to be Scarlet” - those were the words of head coach Brad Mooar following the stunning 33-14 victory over London Irish which booked a place in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup.
Here’s what Brad had to say in the aftermath of an incredible night at the Madejski Stadium
Brad, what are your initial thoughts after that?
BM: “There was a real buzz in the changing room beforehand. The boys were really excited, we talked about being bold and brave and having a night of celebration as a group. We have boys going on a couple of weeks leave and others joining up with Wales for the Six Nations, senior and U20s. There was a lot to celebrate so it was a case of let’s go out and enjoy ourselves and if we win the moments they should all add up and sure enough they did."
What about the performance overall?
BM: "We probably overplayed a bit in the early stages. But our tries came from really good rugby, territory and exerting position pressure. We probably left three or four tries out there as well, they looked like they were coming straight off a training field which shows the work the coaching staff are putting in. It was a pleasure to watch. Our scrum was outstanding and so too was the defence which created a number of turnovers which we played off. "
What about the challenge of Toulon in the quarter-finals?
BM: "What a challenge and what a magnificent opportunity to play against an outstanding Toulon team who qualified as top seeds and deserve a home quarter-final. What a great place to go and experience again. We are confident of our own ability whenever we take the field, that game is a while away so we will enjoy this first. It just an awesome night to be a Scarlet."
The fans were incredible, a word on the support?
BM: "They were outstanding, travelling up the M4, singing loud and proud and probably outnumbering the London Irish supporters. I am hugely grateful for their support. What I love about our fans is that they support us and the game, they are not vindictive about the opposition and want to see mistakes and errors; they are proper rugby fans, they love touring, they love a good time and long may that continue."