Owens Upbeat :: 30 Mar 12:30
Scarlets captain and Wales international hooker Ken Owens was clearly disappointed following defeat to Edinburgh Rugby at Parc y Scarlets which also saw the Region’s unbeaten record at home in the PRO12 come to an abrupt end.
The Scarlets headed into the clash against the Scottish side targeting five wins from five in the race to the end of the season and top six finishing in the league table to ensure European qualifications for next season.
It wasn’t to be however as the homeside failed to fire at the Parc with Edinburgh taking full advantage of Scarlets’ errors and red card.
Looking ahead to the next Guinness PRO12 clash, against Zebre in a fortnight’s time Owens said: “We’ll have to front up in Parma; Zebre are a very good side especially at home. We’ll have to right the wrongs of today in a fortnight.”
With only a point separating Scarlets (in seventh) and Edinburgh (in eighth) before the clash at Parc y Scarlets the homeside were fully aware of the importance of securing a victory to kick-start a winning momentum in the final run-in and to create daylight between the two sides.
Owens went on to say: “I think going into these last five games before today it was all in our hands. We’d have liked to have our destiny in our own hands; I don’t think it is now. It’s far from the end; we just need other sides to do us favours, which isn’t ideal.”
With four games remaining, against Zebre, Dragons, Cardiff Blues and Benetton Treviso the Scarlets still have it all to play for and remain in the race for that coveted top six spot.
“We are good enough. It’s disappointing we didn’t get anything from this game but we’ve got four huge games in the run-in to the end of the season.
“We win all four and some other results go our way and hopefully we can make that top six. It’s going to have to be four from four now.”