Pivac delighted as Scarlets produce fitting home finale

14 Apr 2019
Pivac delighted as Scarlets produce fitting home finale

Wayne Pivac said he was delighted to see the side put ‘the Scarlets stamp’ on his final game at Parc y Scarlets.

The Scarlets ran in six tries in a 42-0 hammering of Zebre on Saturday to keep their Guinness PRO14 and Champions Cup play-off hopes alive.

It also gave Pivac and his assistants Stephen Jones and Byron Hayward a fitting send-off in front of the home fans.

“I wasn’t really enjoying it up until those final stages, it was a stop-start sort of a game, very frustrating,” said Pivac.

“But when we finally got that fourth try, there was a bit of a sigh of relief and everything happened for us

“It was a fitting way to finish, there were what I would call some typical Scarlets tries in there. It is what we are known for and it was pleasing to go out on that note.”

The Scarlets remain in fifth in the Conference B table with one round of the regular season remaining, although they are now only two points behind third-placed Benetton.

The Dragons lie in wait at the Principality Stadium on Judgement Day a week on Saturday; Benetton travel to Parma to take on Italian rivals Zebe, while Edinburgh meet Conference A leaders Glasgow at Scotstoun.

“We are still alive and that is important, nobody wants to go into a game with nothing to play for,” added Pivac.

“For us, our focus is getting into the top echelon of Europe again next year. It is something we are proud to say we have always been in.

“But there is also still a chance for the top three, mathematically it is still possible. Never say never - results this weekend have shown that.”

Pivac received a rousing ovation from the Parc y Scarlets faithful after the final whistle and along with Jones and Hayward and the departing players, were presented with a framed jersey.

So had it been an emotional day?

“I wouldn’t say emotional,” he insisted. “It is what we do. It is another game of rugby. As a coaching team and players, the word frustration springs up. We have been frustrated that we haven’t had a consistent run of form for various reasons that have been well documented.

“So for us, playing that game tonight, was not so much emotional, it was just very pleasing the way we put our stamp on the end of the game.

“To see the boys free up and score some long-range tries was great.”