DAVIES WANTS A SCOTTISH DOUBLE
SKIPPER Jonathan Davies has urged his Scarlets team-mates to follow up their Edinburgh triumph by toasting a Scottish double with victory over league leaders Glasgow on Saturday.
The British Lion was a try-scorer as the West Wales region returned to winning ways with a 22-9 victory at Murrayfield.
But he knows the bar is raised this weekend when the Pro12's form team Glasgow roll into town.
The Warriors arrive in Llanelli boasting four wins from their opening four matches — including eye-catching wins over both last year's finalists Ulster and Leinster.
But Wales centre Davies insists the Scarlets will take huge confidence from last weekend's victory in the Scottish capital, a win he believes could be crucial in the context of their season.
"It was an important victory for us after the disappointment of our Dragons defeat," said Davies.
"We now have the chance to back that up against Glasgow. We know it won't be easy because they are the form team in the Pro12, but it was good to see all the hard work and preparation that had gone into our training week coming off on the pitch. Delivering that as a team after a tough weekend at Rodney Parade said a lot about the spirit in this group."
It was also the first time for Davies to wear the captain's armband in his official capacity as joint captain.
"I enjoyed it," he added. "But the leadership really sits with a group of us whoever is wearing the skipper's armband and I thought Rhys (Priestland) played one of his classic pivotal roles at No. 10, putting us in the right areas."
The Pro12 is put on ice after Saturday's clash, with the Heineken Cup taking centre stage. Davies was the Scarlets' representative at Monday's Welsh and English launch of the tournament in Cardiff and is determined the region put in a vastly-improved showing following their miserable pool whitewash last season.
"Every group is going to be tough, but if you want to be the best you've got to beat them," he added.
"We can draw on performances in the past, like a couple of years ago when we went up to Northampton and got a bonus-point win up there.
"Those are the sort of things we can use as a positive."
Davies is one of a number of Wales's Lions out of contract at the end of the season and while the 25-year-old has reaffirmed his stance of wanting to stay in the regional game, his head coach Simon Easterby has admitted the current uncertainty over the future of the Heineken Cup is making it even harder for regions to keep hold of their box office stars.
"It does not help for sure, the sooner this is resolved the better from our perspective," said the former Ireland international.
"It has gone on long enough and we want to talk about the rugby and the players we want to retain, rather than worrying whether they are going somewhere else.
"Assuming we can resolve this and the sooner the WRU, who are acting on our behalf, resolve the matter with ERC and the other nations the sooner we can concentrate on keeping players and playing in this competition for many years to come."