Pro 12: Scarlets' coach Wayne Pivac unhappy after drawn game

Wayne Pivac
New Zealander Wayne Pivac has succeeded Simon Easterby as Scarlets head coach

Coach Wayne Pivac was unimpressed after Scarlets let slip a 14-point lead in a 20-20 draw with Edinburgh.

The Welsh region led 17-3 after 30 minutes, but in the end almost lost as Tom Heathcote missed a last-minute penalty from half-way.

That followed Scarlets' decision to run a penalty in their own half with time already up - to Pivac's frustration.

"I was on the bus ready to take points and was very disappointed with the decision," he said.

"In the last few minutes to tap and go with a disorganised group out there I thought was a poor decision, and luckily the penalty was where it was on halfway.

"It was a game where I thought we should have come away with more points and as it turned out in the end I was happy with a man down to get two points to be honest."

It was Scarlets' second draw of the season in the Pro 12, following on from the 32-32 draw with Ulster on the opening weekend.

The west Wales region have so far won just one of their four matches - 43-0 against Treviso.

New Zealander Pivac felt the outcome at Murrafield was particularly disappointing after his team dominated for the opening hour and following Edinburgh's 62-13 drubbing against Ospreys in their previous match.

"Every team so far if they have had a bad performance has bounced back and played well," he added.

"It was two points dropped, I was very disappointed with that performance.

"I thought we'd done enough in the first half and were probably a bit unlucky when Liam Williams lost the ball over the line.

"Those little things hurt us today - not taking the opportunities we made, but certainly the second half was very disappointing."

Scarlets' next game is the Welsh derby against Newport Gwent Dragons on Sunday, 5 October.

And Pivac, who took over as head coach from Simon Easterby in the close season, said his team face a tough week before that encounter.

"[I am] a little bit frustrated but we'll pull this game apart and put it right for next week."

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