Jonathan Davies column: We'll look to bounce back against Edinburgh
DERBY day certainly lived up to is billing, it was intense and end-to-end — unfortunately we were left frustrated and disappointed not to come away from Rodney Parade with the points.
It was always going to be tough against the Dragons at Rodney Parade, particularly with the changes there this summer and the momentum they got from beating Ulster in their first home game of the season.
We gave them too much possession and territory in the opening 25 minutes. After that it was always going to be a big battle to come back from 17-3 down, especially with them gaining confidence and a vocal crowd behind them.
We did put a lot of pressure on them in the second half and you couldn't fault the boys' work rate and effort.
We also had a chance in the dying minutes — the final scrum just didn't go our way.
We always had the confidence that we could come back into it, we just lacked some composure in key parts of the game.
It's something we'll learn from and you have to give credit to the Dragons for coming out firing at home.
Lots was said afterwards about it being a great game of rugby and a great advert for regional rugby.
At the time that's little consolation but we know that we played our part in a good game to watch and that's important for Welsh regional rugby.
We've got the launch of this season's Heineken Cup at the Millennium Stadium on Monday which will be interesting given everything that's going on at the moment regarding the future of the tournament.
I'll be there representing the Scarlets along with Simon Easterby and our Head of PR, Antonia Lamont.
As players you want to be involved in the highest standard competitions and the Heineken Cup is quite unique.
Big European days are always intense with a great atmosphere and as Scarlets we have a proud and memorable history of these wonderful occasions.
It would be hugely disappointing not to have those big games in our season any more.
But that will be decided in the corridors of power. As players, we just have to focus on the games in front of us and leave the politics to others.
We've been training hard this week and know we have a big task up in Edinburgh as Murrayfield is never an easy place to go.
But we got a big result there last season and these are the games that make a difference at the end of the season in your top-four bid — we know what we have to do.
It's a Scottish double for us now and let's hope John Barclay has plenty to input into our preparations.
It's Edinburgh away followed by our next home game against Glasgow, John's old side, on Saturday October 5, which kicks off 6.30pm at Parc y Scarlets.
Please support us at home if you can make it!