European Rugby Cup: Scarlets 'confident' for Tigers game

Wayne Pivac
New Zealander Wayne Pivac succeeded Simon Easterby as Scarlets head coach
European Rugby Champions Cup: Scarlets v Leicester
Venue: Parc y Scarlets Date: Saturday, 25 October Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Wales & online; live score updates on the BBC Sport website

Boss Wayne Pivac says the Scarlets will face Leicester in their second European Rugby Champions Cup match in confident mood, despite losing 28-18 to defending champions Toulon last weekend.

Tigers beat Ulster in their opener and travel to Llanelli on Saturday.

Scarlets briefly led 10-8 in Toulon and Pivac was impressed by his side.

"We'll take a lot out of that performance and head home for the fixture against Leicester with a lot of confidence," said the New Zealander.

"You've got to win your home games and they got a win at home in their first game so they'll be coming to try and pinch a few points off us."

Scarlets boss Wayne Pivac
"We were in a good position and then got that kick charged down straight after the kick-off and that really hurt us."

Pivac, who succeeded Simon Easterby as Scarlets boss ahead of the 2014-15 campaign, praised his side's defence against Toulon's star-studded European champions who are bidding for a record third successive title.

"It was pretty frenetic, really, wasn't it? The guys put in a solid effort in that first half," said Pivac.

John Barclay's try and Rhys Priestland's conversion had put Scarlets ahead in the opening period.

But a charge down off captain Scott Williams' clearance from the restart led to Maxime Mermoz's try that put the French side into a lead they did not relinquish.

Pivac explained: "We were in a good position and then got that kick charged down straight after the kick-off and that really hurt us - put us back to 15-10, I think - and we'd worked our way into the game quite nicely at 10-8.

"That hurt at the time. But I think the guys were in pretty positive mood at half time.

"We were pleased with our defence… I think we turned our defence into attack on a number of occasions.

"I'm not quite sure of the stats, but I think we got quite a few turnovers through our defence so that was a big improvement."

Number eight Rory Pitman was sin-binned early on and hooker Emyr Phillips followed him in the second half.

Pivac felt that adversely affected his side, but he could not have asked for more effort.

"A couple of guys in the sin-bin - so that's 20 minutes with 14 men against a class side like that," he added.

"I think that's a bit too much pressure at the end of the day.

"That was one of those games where we asked the guys to stick at it for 80 minutes and leave everything out on the field.

"You can't ask for more than that, and I think they did that."

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