Pi­vac happy with his patched-up Scar­lets

Wales On Sunday - - SPORT ON SUNDAY -

COACH Wayne Pi­vac was a happy man as the patched-up Scar­lets came away with a 41-34 bonus point win against South­ern Kings in Port Eliz­a­beth.

The Scar­lets had to come back from be­hind on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions as South­ern Kings scored four sen­sa­tional tries of their own but the re­gion’s grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion, and some fan­tas­tic in­di­vid­ual dis­plays in the pack, paid div­i­dends and was enough to se­cure the vic­tory.

Speak­ing af­ter the game Pi­vac said: “We saw a lot of what re­sem­bled last year’s per­for­mance out here, played in the same test win­dow where we had some­thing like 21 play­ers in all unavail­able for to­day’s game.

“I thought the boys showed a lot of heart and a lot of abil­ity to stick to what we’d trained dur­ing the week to get that re­sult, and the way we achieved it, com­ing from be­hind on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions. I’m very, very pleased for them.”

The Scar­lets were forces to make a late change ahead of the game with Marc Jones fall­ing foul of an ill­ness.

“Marc Jones was due to start, we pulled him out an hour be­fore leav­ing the ho­tel, the two young hook­ers got on and scored tries and I thought did very well. Credit goes to some of the young guys to­day who stepped up well. Will Boyde and Josh Macleod have been im­mense since com­ing back from their in­juries.”

Pi­vac added: “We’re dis­ap­pointed that we turned some ball over and gifted them some tries but we’re very pleased to have stayed in the fight and come away with the win.

“We’ll hope­fully have a cou­ple of play­ers back next week in­clud­ing Kieron Fono­tia back from sus­pen­sion, that’ll be great.

“We went with a 6/2 bench tonight be­cause we’re down on num­bers re­ally. Lewis Rawl­ins is not far off and Blade Thom­son should be back with us next week to­day.

Hope­fully we’ll go to Ed­in­burgh with a lit­tle bit of con­fi­dence from to­day’s re­sult. We know it’s go­ing to be a big game as we’re both right up there in the mix.”

Scar­lets take on Ed­in­burgh at BT Mur­ray­field on Fri­day night (7.35pm).

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