Wayne Pivac rallies Scarlets for one final push towards Champions Cup

16 May 2019
Wayne Pivac rallies Scarlets for one final push towards Champions Cup

Wayne Pivac has called for a performance to be proud of as he prepares to take charge of his final game at the Scarlets on Saturday.

Pivac will bring the curtain down on a five-year spell that has seen the Scarlets lift the Guinness PRO12 trophy, reach the final the following year and make the semi-finals of the European Champions Cup.

With injuries hitting hard, the Scarlets have struggled to hit those heights this season.

But Pivac, who will become Wales head coach after this autumn’s Rugby World Cup, has called for one final effort against the Ospreys at the Liberty this weekend with a Champions Cup place on the line.

“We have an opportunity to put in a good performance for our fans, our community, the club itself and all who work at the club,” he said.

“We have prepared well and we have all talked about the importance of the game.

“We have a proud history in the top echelon of European rugby and clearly that is where the club would like to be again.

“We want to put in a great performance to see everyone off.”

Reflecting on his time at the Scarlets, Pivac added: “I will look back with fond memories of my time here.

“I have not only been accepted in the community, I have really enjoyed living in the local community and have made a lot of good friends here.

“It is something we have been reflecting on this week, just quietly. Our last Monday with the players, our last Tuesday and so on; as coaches and management we just love being around the boys, we are just old players really.

“All in all it has been a pretty happy time here.

“Winning the championship, reaching back-to-back finals and getting through to the semi-finals of Europe are proud moments for our group.

“We are obviously disappointed with how this season has gone. Let’s not beat about the bush, we haven’t played as well as we would have liked, even with the injuries we have had.

“There are games we could have and should have won, but the reality is, we haven’t and we are where we are.”

As for the challenge of the Ospreys, Pivac said: “They are great games.

“Ordinarily, it is one of the big fixtures of the season so to have this added game there is a lot of motivation for both sides.

“It will be great if there’s a big crowd there and lots of Scarlets support cheering us on.”

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