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Scarlets coach Simon Easterby wants reaction to Dublin debacle

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 26, 2013

Scarlets coach Simon Easterby

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SCARLETS head coach Simon Easterby has demanded a reaction from his side in the wake of their disappointing 32-5 Pro12 defeat to Leinster in Dublin.

The West Wales region slipped back out of the play-off places following an ill-disciplined and error-strewn display that saw third-placed Leinster finish strongly to claim a potentially crucial bonus-point triumph.

"It's a disappointing result for us, our ill-discipline and individual errors cost us heavily and in the second half we didn't help ourselves," said the former Ireland flanker.

"We fed them too many opportunities.

"I also wasn't happy with how we finished that game to give away two tries when we were at 18-5 and give them the bonus point — that could come back and bite us.

"Our accuracy had really improved in recent weeks so it was frustrating to see ourselves go backwards — but we'll come back stronger and more determined and won't be dwelling on this result too much."

The Scarlets will look to get their campaign back on the rails when they host tenth-placed Edinburgh at Parc y Scarlets on Friday evening (7.05).

The Dublin defeat has seen them drop a point behind the Ospreys with six rounds remaining, but they do stay five points ahead of Munster, who were thumped 34-10 by Treviso in Italy.

"We'll work hard in the build-up to Friday; we have to react to this immediately and get back some momentum and finish this block of rugby at the right level," added Easterby.

"Saturday's result may have taken the gloss off the last couple of weeks for us, but the only way to put that right is to put in a strong performance in front of our home supporters.

"We'll need to resurrect the intensity and accuracy we've shown in recent weeks.

"We will be working hard to be more effective with the opportunities we always create with the ball and we're confident we can turn this around to get back to where we need to be."

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