Scarlets get back to Guinness PRO14 action this weekend taking on Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium.
The West Wales region will be keen to get back on track in the championship after a disappointing showing in the opening four rounds of the Heineken Champions Cup and head coach Wayne Pivac says ‘there’s no better way than a derby to move on’.
Speaking ahead of the first of three festive derbies Pivac said; “The PRO14 is the focus now, as much as we would have liked to perform better in Europe we haven’t, that’s the stark reality and we have to move forward.
“It’s all about the Ospreys, Cardiff Blues and Dragons and we need to perform well in those three matches to get ourselves set to do what we did last year and get in to the play-offs.”
The Scarlets secured victory over the Ospreys at Parc y Scarlets back in October and will be keen to try and get a derby-double over our nearest rivals.
Pivac went on to say; “The last few years there have only been a few points separating us. There’s never a lot in them as we all know. We’re all excited by the opportunity.
“This is what the boys love. Putting yourself up against the best players in Wales. We’ve been lucky enough to come out on the right side of the ledger over the last couple of years.
“Those results haven’t been easy we’ve always had to work very hard. We don’t expect it to be any different this year, we expect it to be an even bigger challenge as teams see us as not quite the team of old.
“The Ospreys will back themselves to have a good old crack at us, we welcome those challenges. If you look at the form-book you’d probably go with the home team.”
Scarlets return to Parc y Scarlets to take on Cardiff Blues on Saturday 29thDecember, kick-off 17:15.
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