Scarlets coach Nigel Davies upbeat on Euro qualification

Nigel Davies
Nigel Davies is hoping the Scarlets make the Heineken Cup quarter-finals for the first time in four years

Scarlets coach Nigel Davies is confident his side can still qualify for the Heineken Cup knockout stages despite suffering back-to-back desfeats to Munster.

The region went down 19-13 to Munster in Thomond Park on Sunday after losing 17-14 at home, but they did secure bonus points in both games.

The winners of the six pools go through along with the best two runners-up.

"The bonus point [in Munster] is very important," insisted Davies.

"I think 19 to 20 points will probably see [you] qualify as a runner up.

"We have got 11 points with a potential 10 points on offer.

"It's not going to be easy but it's doable."

The Scarlets have not qualified for the Heineken Cup quarter-finals since the 2006/2007 season when they reached the semi-finals only losing to Leicester Tigers 33-17 at the Walker Stadium, Leicester.

It had been a good start to this season's campaign for the Scarlets after they opened with wins at home to Castres Olympique and on the road against Northampton Saints, a famous bonus point victory.

But Munster's two wins have changed the complexion of the pool. The Scarlets now trail the Irish side by five points.

Despite the defeat Davies was delighted with his team's efforts in Limmerick.

"I'm extremely proud. We matched their intensity. We had the belly for the fight and that was very important," he said.

The Scarlets' remaining Heineken Pool 1 games are at home to Northampton (13/14/15 January) and away to Castres (20/21/22 January).

Before those they face two RaboDirect Pro 12 derbies at home to the Ospreys on Boxing Day and a visit to Newport Gwent Dragons on 30 December.

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