Head coach Simon Easterby is adamant that the pressure has shifted onto the players he left out of his side for the Scarlets’ 24-11 victory in Connacht, which confirmed their status at the top of the RaboDirect PRO12 table.
Easterby admits that he didn’t select his first XV for the trip to Ireland to give others a chance to show their worth in a Scarlets jersey and after the bonus-point win he believes competition for places is building.
One man who seized his chance was full-back Jordan Williams who scored two tries and kicked a conversion in his first competitive game for the club.
The Scarlets have consistently missed out on the play-offs in recent seasons and Easterby is keeping his eyes firmly on the next game, despite the good start to the season which has seen the Scarlets take 14 from a possible 15 points.
"It's been a good start for us and we're on target but there's very long way to go yet and plenty ahead of us including a big game to prepare for this Friday (against Ospreys) – so our feet are very much on the ground,” said Easterby.
"Another key part of our early season has been to rotate the squad and give all players across the group some game-time. All our bench came on and each of them made an important impression on the game.
"There's some real competition building and I was impressed with some of the young players like Jordan Williams who was under pressure from the performances Liam (Williams) has put in this season at full-back, and it was in his first competitive game at a difficult ground and in challenging conditions at the Sportsground.
"It's good to see that given we made quite a few changes on selection this weekend, the standard and performance was still up there and this shows how this group of players has developed and the competitiveness that we have in our squad.”