What Wayne Pivac had to say ahead of crucial Munster clash

What Wayne Pivac had to say ahead of crucial Munster clash

27 Feb 2019
What Wayne Pivac had to say ahead of crucial Munster clash

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac spoke to the media at Parc y Scarlets on Wednesday morning.

Here’s what he had to say.

Wayne, what are your reflections on the win over the Cheetahs?

WP: “I was pleased with the start, it was everything we hoped for. To get four tries within 20 minutes was a dream start.

“We went down to 14 men which slowed our momentum down and the players said at half-time we probably got a little ahead of ourselves, it was coming a bit too easy and and had a bit of a wake-up call.

“But we are pleased to get the five points and are still in the race.”

What about the challenge of Munster?

“It will be a different proposition. They will bring a lot aggression in defence, a lot more line-speed as a lot of northern hemisphere teams are doing. That poses a different challenge.

“We need to be on our game, the weather doesn’t look like it will be the same as it was last weekend unfortunately, so we have got to make sure we have a Plan A and Plan B ready to go depending on the weather.

“But we are expecting more of an arm wrestle and will need to bring the physicality to match what Munster will bring."

What is the latest injury news regarding the players not in the Wales squad?

“Phil Price was pulled out in the warm-up last weekend, he had a back spasm, but he seems to be coming right.

“Will Boyde will potentially be okay, he is going through the last part of his HIA protocol.

“Aaron Shingler is making very good strides, he is out on the training paddock running and looking really good. He just needs to get some more strength into that leg and hopefully we will get some rugby out of him before the end of the season.

Ed Kennedy has had a bit of a back/hamstring issue so he having a bit of time out to freshen up. He is a young man who has played a lot more rugby than we anticipated and he has enjoyed that side of it, but his body is adjusting to it and he is with the physios and trainers at the moment.

“As for James Davies we are hoping he will be back for the Cardiff Blues game and hopefully Blade Thomson before the end of the season.”

What are your thoughts on your run-in?

“On the results so far this season, playing in Wales will be a good thing, we have a good record at home so hopefully that will help. We go through it every week, as every side does, and it is going to be a real dogfight, it is going to come down to the last weekend, potentially.”

Are you looking forward to a possible reunion with Tadhg Beirne?

“Hopefully, he won’t be released by Ireland!

“Look, Tadhg is a great bloke and a fantastic player.

“He has been a revelation and he is an inspiration for all young players who think their career is blocked to never give up that hope and to keep working hard because you never know what is around the corner.

“It will be great to see him out there and be great to see him not get man of the match!”