Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Scarlets got lucky - Easterby

Simon Easterby was relieved Scarlets secured a draw

Scarlets head coach Simon Easterby was relieved not to be facing up to a defeat after his side fought out a tense Heineken Cup draw against Racing Metro at Parc y Scarlets.

The 26-26 result left Scarlets and Racing joint top of Pool Four with six points apiece.

But Easterby admitted Scarlets rode their luck when Racing had a try ruled out in injury time.

"Up until the 79th minute we would have been disappointed with the result, but then we got lucky," said Easterby.

"We played into their hands a little bit and we are probably lucky not to come away with loss.

"We have got to understand that we have not helped ourselves and we've given them opportunities.

"But there were lots of positives from the game. We showed a real intent at times."

Easterby said he was content with taking six points from his side's opening two clashes against Racing and Harlequins, but admitted his players were disappointed not win the home game.

"We probably will look back and see that today was a chance missed, but (we have) gone away to Harlequins and got a win," added the Scarlets coach.

"So six points from 10 isn't a bad start, but we have got to go to Clermont and play them back to back after the autumn internationals.

"The players are disappointed because they felt they probably missed out on an opportunity to beat Racing."

Racing were left frustrated after openside flanker Wenceslas Lauret had an 81st-minute try ruled out for an earlier knock on from Jonny Sexton.

Wales flanker Dan Lydiate, the Racing number six, said it was a fair result.

"I think we were unlucky not to win at the end but it was probably a fair result," he said.

"We thought it was play on but it's up to the ref's interpretation. You have to take it for what it was and move on.

"You want to have the win but it is better that a defeat, so it is probably a fair reflection that both sides got something out of the game."

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