“The Scarlets will come back stronger,” insists Wayne Pivac after play-off defeat

18 May 2019
“The Scarlets will come back stronger,” insists Wayne Pivac after play-off defeat

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac insists the squad he will be leaving will be good enough to challenge for silverware next season.

A 21-10 play-off defeat to the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium means the Scarlets will be playing in the second tier European Challenge Cup in 2019-20.

But after his final match in charge, Pivac was adamant the team can bounce back.

“We spoke in the changing room after the game, it is not about winning the Challenge Cup next year, it is about winning the PRO14," he said. "With a little bit of luck the squad will be a lot stronger next season.

“As a club we have to bounce back, hopefully not go through the same pain this season in terms of personnel and clinch that European place with a league play-off position.

“I think we have the nucleus of a good squad and if they get a good run next year in terms of availability of players they will be knocking on the door for honours.”

Reflecting on the loss to the Ospreys, Pivac added: “We wanted to make a scrap for every possession and work hard for each other, generally we did that, but there were key moments we let slip, the Ospreys took their opportunities and thoroughly deserved their win.

“Sometimes you are not good enough on the day and come up against a side who deserved to win.

“You have got to make your own luck in seasons. You look back at our first game in Ulster when were leading with a couple of minutes to go in their 22, we give possession back to them and they go down the field and score.

“There were four or five games this season we were good enough to win and we didn’t and we paid the price.”