European Champions Cup: Scarlets captain Ken Owens units profitable goal
|European Champions Cup: Scarlets v Racing 92|
|Venue: Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli Date: Sat, 13 Oct Kick-off: 17:30 BST|
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Scarlets captain Ken Owens believes success in Europe could be a becoming climax for Wayne Pivac’s 5 years as head coach.
Pivac leaves on the finish of the 2018-19 season to succeed fellow New Zealander Warren Gatland as Wales coach.
Their bid begins on Saturday in opposition to final season’s runners-up Racing 92, with Scarlets aiming to enhance on their very own semi-final exit of 2017-18.
“Wayne would love to go away right here with an enormous little bit of historical past made,” stated Owens.
Wales hooker Owens says the early announcement of Pivac’s appointment as nationwide coach means the area are in a position to focus on performances with out coping with hypothesis.
And he acknowledges that after winning the Pro12 title in 2016-17 and reaching a European Cup semi-final for the primary time since 2007, the area’s sights are set on the European title.
“When he (Pivac) first got here right here the ambition was to enhance the facet, which we have executed – we gained the league – after which to have the ability to combat on each fronts,” added Owens.
“Final season was the primary time we managed to do this – attending to a semi-final.
“Clearly the way it ended was disappointing, however it’s a goal and it has been set out.
“We all know how troublesome it will be and you have to beat the most effective. However it’s a purpose of ours.”
Scarlets have been the primary Welsh area to succeed in the knock-out phases in six seasons, however after beating La Rochelle at dwelling within the quarter-final have been hammered 38-16 by Leinster within the penultimate spherical.
“We realized loads from that sport,” added Owens.
“We got here up in opposition to the most effective facet in Europe final season by a rustic mile. They did to us what we did to them the 12 months earlier than within the league semi-final.
“We have been second greatest by a mile.”
However the defeat has not dampened the British and Irish Lion’s willpower to put in writing a brand new piece of Scarlets historical past with a European Cup win.
“It hasn’t been executed right here earlier than,” he stated.
“To be thought of an amazing facet you’ve got to win in Europe.
“We have gained the league and we simply must maintain knocking on the door of Europe to show we’re an amazing facet.
“We did it the laborious manner final 12 months as properly after shedding our first two video games and managed to get by way of the group so confidently this 12 months we’ll make it just a little bit simpler for ourselves.”
Take heed to Ken Owens on BBC Radio Wales Sport from 1400 BST on Saturday, 13 October