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Davies pens new deal with Scarlets

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Scarlets celebrate a victory

James Davies, Scarlets openside flanker, has today put pen to paper on a new deal with the Scarlets.

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Davies, 27, made a record-high 33 turnovers in last season Pro12 and due to make his return to the side this Saturday against the Cheetahs.

The Olympic silver medallist underwent shoulder surgery after he sustained an injury last season, after featuring in Scarlets’ opening Guinness PRO14 clash against Southern Kings at Parc y Scarlets.

 

Davies said; “It has been a frustrating start to the season for me on a personal note having to watch from the sidelines but I am pleased to have signed a contract extension with the Scarlets.

“It’s great to get back into the routine of things and back into side that’s doing well. We want to carry on the momentum from last year and positive start to this season towards the money end of the season.”

Speaking of the announcement head coach Wayne Pivic stated, “James is a very important member of the squad both on and off the field and I’m over the moon that he’s re-signed with the region.

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“He continually leads the stats tables and his general play has been magnificent. We look forward to continuing to work with him over the next couple of years”.

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William 1 hours ago
All Blacks vs England takeaways: Richie Who? Time for Cortez

Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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