McCusker: We caused our own downfall
THE Scarlets were today picking through the debris of their disastrous opening 42-19 Pro12 defeat to Leinster with skipper Rob McCusker admitting his side were architects of their own demise.
After leading 13-0 and then 16-10 at half-time, the Scarlets fell apart in the second period, conceding four tries and leaving head coach Simon Easterby to describe the 40-minute display as a 'meltdown'.
The Scarlets return to action on Saturday evening with Treviso the visitors to Llanelli.
And McCusker, who scored his side's only try, insists the Scarlets have to stop shooting themselves in the foot as they go in search of a much-needed victory.
"Turnovers killed us and we weren't able to flip from attack to defence very well, it seemed as if we were chasing shadows in the end," said the No. 8.
"Leinster probably took a lot of confidence from being only 16-10 down at half-time knowing they hadn't done that much in the game.
"We didn't turn our control into points.
"In the second half it seemed like we were running backwards and passing forwards for long periods, we killed ourselves.
"It has to be about consistency, we can't just play for 20 or 30 minutes. It happened last year in Clermont, we are just not consistent enough at the moment."
McCusker, though, is refusing to press the panic button.
"It is only one game. We will be lost if we didn't show anything and just got hammered," he added.
"We showed what we can do in that