Let's stop the cards
SIMON Easterby has revealed he has spoken with referees chief Nigel Whitehouse in a bid to improve the Scarlets' disciplinary record.
The region had both Rob McCusker and Gareth Owen sent off in a Boxing Day derby defeat to the Ospreys.
Easterby will wait for today's (Wednesday) disciplinary hearing before deciding whether to appeal against the red cards.
But he indicated that the Scarlets think they have a good case on both counts.
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The former Ireland flanker has also spoken to Whitehouse about what he believes are the refereeing "inconsistencies" harming his team.
"We felt like some of the calls were going against us and not necessarily reflecting what was happening," said Easterby.
"There was an incident where the referee spoke to the captains about foul play and he made a call about Rob, but there were other instances that could potentially have merited the same card, but didn't.
"It's just consistency we ask for. I've had a chance to meet with Nigel Whitehouse a couple of days afterwards and had a decent chat with him.
"We can't change the result now, but what we don't want to do is let some of those frustrations and problems happen again.
"That's what we need to get clear here. We can't have those things coming in to influence the game again.
"That's what he'll look at and meet with us next week as a group and give us some feedback."
Owen was dismissed for taking out Rhys Webb in the air and McCusker for use of the boot.
George Earle, Tavis Knoyle and Aled Thomas were also sin-binned during the 32-3 reverse at the Liberty Stadium.
"You can't look too far past some of the stuff we were doing and I don't condone it, but some things contribute to it," added Easterby.
"Gareth Owen was very unfortunate. He was looking to tackle a guy and if someone is walking towards you and you tackle a guy, they are going to topple over.
"It looked terrible, and we were lucky he wasn't injured, but there was no malice in that.
"That one and Rob's one will be one the disciplinary hearing will have to deal with on Wednesday.
"We feel like we've got a case on both of them to fight it, but I wouldn't want to say too much more on that."