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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 4
- 10th Jan 2014
- KO 20:00
- Ground: Olympique Yves du Manoir
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Heineken Cup Pool 4: Scarlets duo reflect on win against Racing Metro
It wasn't perfect nor was it really pretty but winning here in France was the most important thing for us.
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Scarlets coach Simon Easterby and fly-half Rhys Priestland described Friday's shock Heineken Cup success at Racing Metro as far from perfect or pretty but hugely important nonetheless.
A superb solo score from young wing Kristian Phillips proved decisive at the Stade Yves-du-Manoir as the Scarlets ended a run of six straight defeats in style.
Man-of-the-match Priestland added 14 points as he missed just once from the tee, with the Wales fly-half slotting four penalties and converting Phillips' 63rd minute try in a 19-13 win.
Easterby said: "It wasn't perfect nor was it really pretty but winning here in France was the most important thing for us.
"We closed out the game very well and we didn't crack at the end when it mattered, like we have done a few times this season.
"The travelling supporters were absolutely outstanding from minute one. That definitely helped the guys out tonight.
"We made life very difficult for ourselves with the back-to-back defeats to Clermont Auvergne last month but we now still might have an opportunity to reach the quarter-finals of the Amlin Challenge Cup."
Priestland, who was in direct opposition with British and Irish Lions playmaker Jonny Sexton in the Pool 4 clash just outside Paris, was in impressive form throughout, with his overall control guiding the Scarlets to a second Heineken Cup away win of the season.
But the 27-year-old, who missed out on the chance to challenge Sexton for the Lions through an Achilles injury, is convinced it was his side's character that saw them through a disjointed 80 minutes.
Priestland said: "It was a poor game, to be honest. But we worked hard, even though sometimes we were our worst enemies by putting pressure on ourselves.
"We wanted to simplify our game and our pack was outstanding tonight. We didn't get the accuracy and continuity we expected but we showed great determination.
"We did well overall given that we have been in this situation in a few games this season and it hasn't always turned out well for us. We showed composure and managed to get that win. So that's a good thing for us."Heineken Cup. Click here to bet.
|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|Friday 17th October|
|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Castres|
|Saturday 18th October|
|13:00||Sale vs Munster|
|15:15||Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne|
|19:45||Leicester vs Ulster|
|15:15||Glasgow vs Bath|
|17:15||Racing Metro 92 vs Northampton|
|Sunday 19th October|
|17:15||Leinster vs Wasps|
|15:15||Toulon vs Scarlets|
|13:00||Toulouse vs Montpellier|
|13:00||Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso|
|Friday 24th October|
|19:45||Munster vs Saracens|
|Saturday 25th October|
|13:00||Ulster vs Toulon|
|19:45||Scarlets vs Leicester|
|15:15||Bath vs Toulouse|
|17:15||Montpellier vs Glasgow|
|17:15||Northampton vs Ospreys|
|Sunday 26th October|
|13:00||Clermont Auvergne vs Sale|
|15:00||Castres vs Leinster|
|17:15||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|17:15||Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92|
|Saturday 6th December|
|TBC||Munster vs Clermont Auvergne|
|TBC||Sale vs Saracens|
|TBC||Castres vs Wasps|
|TBC||Harlequins vs Leinster|
|TBC||Ulster vs Scarlets|
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