Dwayne Peel: Scarlets head coach pleased with second-half turnaround in Cardiff

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Scarlet’s head coach Dwayne Peel was delighted with his team’s second-half explosion which helped them defeat Cardiff 49-14 in the United Rugby Championship at the Arms Park.

The second half saw a much improved Scarlets side, who scored 42 unanswered points after the interval following a tightly contested first 40 minutes.

Peel was pleased with the resilience his side showed during a difficult start to the game against their Welsh rivals.

Bend don’t break

“It would have been easy for the dam to break when you are under the pressure we were in the first 20 minutes, but it didn’t break,” he said.

“We grew stronger as the half went on, I thought we bombed two opportunities, Si’s knock-in and when Foxy went through, if he had gone outside Johnny was in the clear.

“From my perspective, the fact that we weathered that storm was huge.

“The wind was strong, you could see that from the kicking so at half-time it was about being calm.

“At half-time I felt we were 10% off everything, we were second to the body height at breakdown, didn’t have enough punch in the carry, and our line speed wasn’t there.

“We also slipped off a couple of tackles and got beaten to a few rucks.

“From there on in, we had the bit between our teeth and were pretty good in the second half.”

This enormous victory over Cardiff makes it three on the trot for the Scarlets, who will look to continue their winning run next week at home to the Dragons.

“Momentum is huge in this game,” continued Peel. “We want to climb the league.

“Apart from the Bulls result, where we got pumped in all honesty, we have had consistency and a level of performance which is what we are after. If we have that, results tend to come.

“I would say the squad effort is big here, there is pressure being put one each other every day.

“This week Blade, Tomas and Morgan Jones missed out due to Covid, but we had Shings coming back from an injury, Josh Macelod, Dan Davis stepping in and performing, that is what we want.”

Peel also mentioned how impressed he was with flanker Shaun Evans, who was not near the first team at the start of the year but fought for a spot in the starting XV.

“We want to grow real competition and depth,” he added.

“You look at someone like Shaun Evans, who has been outstanding these last few weeks.

“He was nowhere in the mix, he has played four or five games at seven for us, he is from Llanelli, he loves the club, to see him put in performances, week in week out, really pleases me, that is what I want to see.”

Scarlets have just four games remaining in the URC this season with three derby games approaching, including the Dragons in back-to-back weeks, before they face the Ospreys and Stormers.

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