Heineken Cup: Scarlets get late reprieve as match with Racing Metro ends in a draw
Last Updated: October 20, 2013 8:55am
Scott Quinnell looks back at a hard fought draw between Scarlets and Racing Metro.
Scarlets head coach Simon Easterby admitted his side had been fortunate to come away with a 26-26 draw against Pool 4 rivals Racing Metro in the Heineken Cup.
The hosts turned around an early 10-0 deficit to take a 23-10 lead in the early stages of the second half at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday evening.
"We have got to understand that we have not helped ourselves and we've given them opportunities."
However Racing rallied to get a share of the spoils, a try from number eight Masi Matadigo and the boot of Jonathan Sexton getting them back on level terms.
It could have been even better for the Top 14 big spenders had they not seen a late try from flanker Wenceslas Lauret, who had already crossed in the eighth minute of the match, ruled out for a knock-on.
"Up until the 79th minute we would have been disappointed with the result, but then we got lucky," said Easterby.
"We played into their hands a little bit and we are probably lucky not to come away with loss.
"We have got to understand that we have not helped ourselves and we've given them opportunities.
"But there were lots of positives from the game. We showed a real intent at times."
Easterby said he was content with taking six points from his side's opening two clashes against Racing and Harlequins, but admitted his squad were disappointed not to win at home.
"We probably will look back and see that today was a chance missed, but (we have) gone away to Harlequins and got a win," added the Scarlets coach.
"So six points from 10 isn't a bad start, but we have got to go to Clermont and play them back to back after the autumn internationals.
"The players are disappointed because they felt they probably missed out on an opportunity to beat Racing."
Despite coming so close to snatching a late win, Racing's Welsh flanker Dan Lydiate felt a draw was just about fair at the end of a topsy-turvy contest.
"I think we were unlucky not to win at the end but it was probably a fair result," he said.
"We thought it was play on but it's up to the ref's interpretation. You have to take it for what it was and move on.
"You want to have the win but it is better that a defeat, so it is probably a fair reflection that both sides got something out of the game."