Easterby rues sluggish start as Scarlets fall to Glasgow
HEAD coach Simon Easterby has admitted a lack of early intensity cost his Scarlets side the points in the 17-12 defeat to Pro12 leaders Glasgow in Llanelli.
First-half tries from Warriors prop Ryan Grant and lock Tim Swinson meant the home side were always playing catch-up.
And despite cutting the gap from 14-3 to 14-12 through penalties from Rhys Priestland and Jordan Williams, the Scarlets were unable to make their second-half dominance of possession and territory pay.
“They didn’t have to work for their 14 points at the start of the game and that was down to our lack of intensity,” admitted Easterby.
“We came out far stronger in the second half, we had dominance at the scrum, we had control of a lot of things, but we just lacked a bit of composure at times.
“We had plenty of chances, but weren’t accurate enough to make the most of it against a well-organised Glasgow defence.
“I thought in the first half we showed Glasgow a bit too much respect and stood off them a little bit.
“We played a lot better in the second half; we just left ourselves with too much to do.
“It is frustrating, because a lot of things that are happening are in our control, but some things are becoming trends in our game, not really one-offs.”