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Frustrated Pivac baffled by penalty.

WAYNE Pivac cut a frustrated figure as he watched his Scarlets side throw away a 12-point lead in the final five minutes to only claim a draw against Munster in Llanelli.

A try from New Zealand centre Hadleigh Parkes and 20 points from the boot of Steve Shingler had put the home side in the driving seat before relinquishing their lead.

"I am so disappointed," said the New Zealander.

"We worked hard in that first-half defensively with very little possession. Going into half-time 12-6 we were in a good position.

"We just had to get our hands on the ball and play a bit more rugby. We talked about not kicking it away so much when we got around the halfway and hold onto possession.

"We worked our way into a winning position at 25-13 and then we were authors of our own demise. There was some little turnovers from us and allowed them into our territory in attack and all of a sudden they are in the corner."

Pivac was baffled by the decision by Irish referee Dudley Phillips in the 78th minute to penalise replacement Rob McCusker at an offensive driving maul which set up the platform for the crucial try from JJ Hanrahan.

"I have had a look at it and the first thing they missed was Munster jumped far too early in the first place," said Pivac. "That's illegal and it should have been a free kick to us with the jumper going before it had left the hooker's hand.

"It was frustrating conceding that last penalty where we controlled the lineout drive and clearly they had jumped early.

"In terns of the maul, he is trying to pull a guy out of there and that happens in mauls quite frequently. "I don't think any decisions went our way in the final quarter which was frustrating."

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Date:Feb 22, 2015
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