Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac has branded his side’s 2018/19 Heineken Champions Cup campaign “very disappointing”, with the Welsh region winless after four rounds.

They now have no chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of Europe’s elite club competition and so matching last season’s superb achievement of reaching the semi-finals.

“It has been a very disappointing European campaign,” the New Zealander told Scarlets’ website.

“We had the highs of last season and we were trying to replicate that this season, but we haven’t been able to do it.”

Pivac attributed Scarlets’ four defeats in four games down to a mixture of injuries and “fine margins”, with two of the losses – at home to Racing 92 on October 13 and Ulster Rugby on December 7 – being by just a single point.

“There have been quite a few injuries and disruptions, but quite a few of these games rested on fine margins,” he added.

“Racing and Ulster at home were both one-point ball games, so you get on the receiving end of some close ones and this time round we’ve paid the ultimate price.”