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Scarlets boss is 'under pressure'

Nigel Davies
Nigel Davies had mixed feelings over the 16-16 draw with Ulster

Nigel Davies admits he is "under pressure" but the Scarlets coach has warned that the Welsh region's fortunes will not improve overnight.

Davies saw his side draw 16-16 in a dead Heineken Cup rubber against Ulster on Friday night.

Afterwards he told BBC Sport Wales: "Yes, there's always pressure, but we have to realise... we're in the middle of a building process."

Davies also had mixed feelings over his side's performance at Parc y Scarlets.

He said: "We've made some drastic changes here in the way we view things. There's a big investment being made on the conditioning side of things.

"But these things don't happen overnight."

Of the match in which Stephen Jones kicked a late penalty to end a 10-match tournament losing streak, Davies said: "It was atrocious weather conditions and in the first half, really, we left ourselves with a heck of a lot of work to do because we played some silly rugby to be honest, particularly in these conditions.

"We tried to play out of our own half. We made lots of errors and I think they got into our 22 twice from their kicking game and they scored on both occasions.

"Really, why it took until half-time for us to turn things around and realise the type of game we needed to play is disappointing really.

"It was the type of conditions in which you didn't want the ball.

"It's been extremely tough. The results haven't gone our way and the performance last week against Ulster away [26-16 defeat] was the low point really because in the other two [Heineken Cup] matches we had plenty of the game.

"But it's where we are. I think to a certain extent we had to get something out of this game to springboard us into the Christmas period.

"I was really proud of the boys in the way they dug in in that second half. They came through for us.

"That was no mean achievement when you realise because of the losses in Europe confidence was not great.

"They dug in and can take a lot out of that.

"Of course, we're a passionate region here. We want success and it's all about winning and you can't hide from that.

"You have to remain focused and that's been my role this week, to maintain normality, not to let them feel too much external pressure.

"At half-time it was pretty simple what I had to say from a technical point of view. It wasn't difficult and during a game you remain focused, but we could do without too many games like that."

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Scarlets 16-16 Ulster
12 Dec 08 |  Rugby Union

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