Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel is aiming for the Welsh side to complete an outstanding pool campaign in the EPCR Challenge Cup on Saturday by topping Pool B.
They have won all three of their games so far to qualify for the Round of 16 with a game to spare and are four points clear of second-placed Benetton Rugby prior to their pool finale at Aviron Bayonnais.
Peel said: “It is up to us to get the boys fresh and get some energy in the group before Bayonne, because we want to go hard at getting that top spot in the pool. We want to finish the job off.”
The Scarlets’ boss admitted his team were not at their best in last Friday’s 20-17 home win over Toyota Cheetahs.
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“It was an important win for us to get through, having put ourselves in a good position in December. It was a big game,” he said.
“Performance-wise, there was a lot of error and in those conditions the game became a bit of a kick-fest and slug-fest. It wasn’t the best spectacle, but I would say we have played a lot better than that this season and lost. Sometimes you have to win ugly and that is what we did.
“I was pleased for the the boys because they fought hard for each other and there were some big defensive sets at the end, which got us some good turnovers.”