Wayne Pivac accepts Scarlets were caught out by Racing quality
Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac admitted his side were architects of their own downfall as they crashed to a resounding 29-12 European Champions Cup defeat to French giants Racing 92 in Llanelli.
The Welsh side trailed 26-0 at half-time in cold, damp conditions, before restoring some pride with two tries of their own in the second half after Racing flanker Bernard Le Roux was red-carded three minutes after the interval.
"We are disappointed that against the calibre of the opposition and with the weather how it was we weren't able to carry out the instructions. We didn't want to be playing in our half of the field, but conversely that is what we did," said Pivac.
"A quality side like Racing makes you pay and they did that, they took their opportunities very well.
"They are a big heavy pack and they dominated the collision area, particularly in that first half.
"At half-time it was about sitting down and starting again, making sure we played at the right ends of the field and see if we could get something out of the second half.
"We kicked a bit more and had a couple of results out of it.
"We can't look for excuses."
For Racing, it was an impressive start to their Pool Three campaign, with last week's match against Glasgow Warriors having been postponed in the wake of the Paris terrorism attacks.
Second row Luke Charteris said: "Getting the bonus-point before half-time was great, but the most important part of the game was early on when the Scarlets came at us hard. We were able to hold them out and whenever we had a chance in attack I thought we were really clinical.
"To score four tries against a side as good as the Scarlets was very pleasing.
"We made it a bit harder for ourselves going a man down in the second half and we had to do a lot of defending, but to come away from Scarlets with maximum points is a good night's work."