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'Absolutely devastated... it's embarrassing' - Wales prop on verge of tears

By Ian Cameron
Wales and Scarlets prop Rob Evans.(Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Wales prop Rob Evans was left on the verge of tears this afternoon after the Scarlets shipped a humiliating United Rugby Championship loss at the hands of Munster.

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Despite being shorn of many of their first team players for the match, Munster mounted a successful raid at the Parc de Scarlets in Llanelli, hammering the home side 43 – 13 in front of their home fans.

The league champions in 2016/17 were unable to halt the march of the Irish heavyweights, with Liam Coombes, Jack O’Sullivan, Chris Cloete, Calvin Nash and Jeremy Loughman also crossing the whitewash.

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It’s a result that will rock Dwayne Peel and his management but if anyone was in doubt about what it meant to the Scarlets players, then they only watch the emotional post-match interview of Rob Evans.

The Welsh prop – who has won 39 caps for Wales – was left fighting back tears, as he described what the loss meant to him and his team.

“I’m sure you can imagine. Absolutely devastated really,” said the 29-year-old after the game. “It’s not acceptable from us, it’s embarrassing and we just need to get straight back to the drawing board, see where we went wrong and put it right next week.”

“It’s my home. It’s my region. My family are here, my friends, the fans. It’s just disappointing.

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“We’re going to have to look at everything, at how we prepared. We had eight days to get right for that game. I don’t know what it was.

“We’ll have to look at the week, why we didn’t turn up today.”

“We’re the Scarlets at the end of the day. What was it, 40 points? It’s just not acceptable.”

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Peel was equally flabbergasted at the nature of the defeat.

“We were second to everything which is the honest truth, which is disappointing because it was something we worked hard on,” he said. “They were very good, especially at the breakdown area, they dominated that.

“We need to get better. We had an average start. There were a couple of defensive lapses for tries and also we did not look after the ball well enough.”

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