Mixed feelings for Scarlets
Scarlets Academy coach Kevin George was pleased with the team's LV= Cup victory over Welsh rivals Newport Gwent Dragons at Parc y Scarlets but less happy with the manner of the win.
The home side led 6-0 at the interval and then scored two tries in the space of five minutes through captain Rob McCusker and rookie wing Chris Knight before letting Dragons back into the game in the final 10 minutes.
Dragons outside-half Kris Burton did get a try back but it was too late for the visitors as Scarlets ran out 21-13 winners.
George though was frustrated his side could not really impose themselves and seal a more comfortable victory.
"The first half became a bit of a scrum and line-out fest. It never got going," he said.
"The skills weren't great in the first half and we never got going.
"The match took off in the second half with our tries but then we could never get away from them which was disappointing.
"But having said that we were happy with the win and it gives good momentum in the season which is good.
"Winning your home games is always important in this competition."
George was delighted with the performance of Knight who scored the first try and set up the second for McCusker.
"Chris Knight scored a good try and he looked dangerous and a couple of new boys showed up well and were blooded," added George.
Dragons head coach Darren Edwards was disappointed with the reversal despite his side making a comeback late in the second half.
"We were disappointed towards the end because we turned the game after half-time," he said.
"We responded to the half-time messages we sent out. They actually went on the field and tried to implement the game plan.
"The blend of our game got better and we became threatening.
"In the first half there were a lot of errors.
"There were a lot of young guys out there and I think there were a lot of nerves especially as it was a local derby."