Davies calls for more from Scarlets
October 9, 2010
Perpignan's Jean-Philippe Grandclaude beats Gareth Maule to score, © Getty Images
Scarlets director of rugby Nigel Davies admitted his side still had plenty of work to do after opening their Heineken Cup account for this season with a 43-34 win over Perpignan.
Veteran Wales fly-half Stephen Jones steered the home side to victory, bagging 28 points in a bonus-point win. Davies was disappointed that his men let Perpignan back into the contest however and called for more.
"It had everything didn't it? I was pleased with aspects of our game but I was disappointed with others," he said. "We should have closed that game out earlier than we managed to, we were inaccurate on occasions and we made some poor decisions and allowed Perpignan back into the game.
"With the ball I was pleased with how we played, without it we still have plenty to work on. That's how I summed it up to the players and it's probably a strong position to be in for our next fixture as we can be pleased with the result but critical of certain areas of the performance."
Davies admitted that he would relish watching back aspects of his team's performance, including a stunning try to fullback Rhys Priestland.
"There were some excellent tries and it will be great to watch them back," Davies said. "The players have to be comfortable in what we are doing to go out and express themselves. We are nowhere near being the finished article. We have come a long way in a short space of time and we are moving in the right direction but there is plenty of work to do."
Perpignan centre David Marty praised the Scarlets' attacking prowess. "They played a brilliant game," he said. "They played really well and when they attacked they made things happen. It was a strange game, a typical French game. With some craziness they managed to win the game."
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