Jonathan Davies column
I SAID something last week about us being at our best when we're up against it — and while we certainly didn't hit any alarm buttons after losing our first game, it showed that the focus a tough game gives you can pay off.
"I thought we did well on Saturday evening against Treviso. We played a solid and well-thought out game.
The boys led well to manage our game and control our position throughout, with Rob (McCusker) and Rhys (Priestland) leading in their performances.
We stuck to the task even when they came back at us in the second half for a period.
We controlled the game and didn't put as much pressure on ourselves by playing the game in the right areas.
"It was a vital win — there was pressure on from outside but we were calm and focused in training last week, we knew we could build from what we produced in the first half against Leinster and the boys did a good job.
It showed some character and belief.
It was really nice to get such a warm reception from the home supporters when I came onto the field in the second half. I've been really looking forward to getting back out there and into a Scarlets shirt and the reception I got was great.
My thanks go to everyone who was at the ground on Saturday night for that welcome back — it meant a lot to me. We have such great supporters — they really get behind you as a player and moments like that matter in our season.
It was great to get a win under our belts and it's been a very positive and energised Parc y Scarlets this week in training and preparation for our first Welsh derby of the season against the Dragons on Friday.
Rodney Parade is never an easy place to go and we needed the momentum of last weekend — they've had a good start and the regional derbies always have an extra edge and that motivates the players, but also excites the supporters.
It should be a good contest and certainly one we're up for. We'll give plenty of respect to the Dragons — we know what they are like on their home turf!
I was back with the British Lions boys on Monday for the afternoon. We went to London to meet the Prime Minister for a reception at No. 10 which was a great honour and nice that what we achieved in the summer was recognised in this way.
It was a different way to start the week, but great to see the boys again and catch up.
It's a bit of a change from training on a Monday afternoon for a Scarlet from Bancyfelin — and I was on my best behaviour!
"Joking aside, it reminded me of a very positive summer and how fortunate I've been so far in my career with the opportunities and experiences I've had, both on and off the field.