Jonathan Davies column: Let's lay ghosts of Ulster defeat
ALTHOUGH I won't be on the field on Saturday, I'll be lending my full support to the Scarlets, hoping we can show an impressive Ulster team what we are about.
We all want to chase away the ghosts from the semi-final loss in Ravenhill at the end of last season. And having drawn our last two games, we need to get back to winning ways — and there's no better place to do that than at Parc y Scarlets.
We meet Ulster at a time when they are building some good momentum. They'll be missing a few but still have real quality in their ranks outside their Irish internationals.
They've won their last six fixtures in all competitions since Glasgow beat them so they'll have lots of confidence.
Ulster have been a bit of a challenge for us — our last victory over them was back in October 2011 at Parc y Scarlets — so let's hope we can spook them again on Saturday night in our home ground.
Our aim was to bring the same level of intensity and consistency that we'd shown in two big weeks in the Heineken Cup back into our domestic league for the trip to Zebre last weekend. It's a long trip — and even longer getting home after not securing a game that we felt we should have won.
In many ways, we were lucky to get a draw in the end thanks to Rhys Priestland's boot and composure.
We knew it was never going to be an easy trip with the Italian sides growing in experience and confidence with every game. And as the Blues know, Zebre are quite able to put in a big performance at home.
But errors crept into our game again and the level of performance was just not good enough. I know all the boys in the Scarlets shirts this weekend will want to put that right and we wish them well on Saturday evening (6.30pm).
As a group of internationals we'll look forward to returning to Parc y Scarlets after the autumn with the prospect and challenge of two very big games against Clermont in the double-header leading up to Christmas.
I really hope our supporters are booking their tickets early for our encounter against one of France's most impressive Top 14 sides.
It should be another great occasion at Parc y Scarlets and a crucial home game in our campaign.
It's good to see some new Scarlets joining the Wales camp and it'll be a great experience for Rhodri (Williams) on the back of some impressive form that earned him a deserved call-up to the senior national set-up. It's good for Emyr Phillips to get his place in the squad after his debut for Wales on this summer's tour to Japan.
I'm really pleased for Scottie (Scott Williams) that he gets an opportunity again — he's been on really impressive form for us at the Scarlets this season.
As a group of internationals we've now got to prove ourselves against Southern Hemisphere sides and we'll have tough battles ahead against the Springboks and the Wallabies.
As I go into Wales camp this week, I'm going to hand over to Josh Turnbull for the next few weeks — he'll keep you in touch with any news from our boys in the Welsh camp and everything from Parc y Scarlets too. I look forward to coming back in December and thanks for everyone's support so far this season.