Phil Bennett scolds Scarlets over 'embarrassing' loss to Treviso

Scarlets fly-half Rhys Priestland under pressure against Treviso

Llanelli legend Phil Bennett said the Pro12 trouncing at home to Treviso on Friday was "possible the worst" Scarlets performance in their history.

"Words come to my mind like embarrassing, devastating and humiliating," said Bennett after witnessing the 17-41 defeat.

"I think [coach] Simon Easterby will be absolutely livid. I think the players will be embarrassed.

"That's the worst performance I've seen from the Scarlets for many a day."

Scarlets, formed in 2003, went into the match needing two points against their Italian visitors to guarantee their place in the end-of-season play-offs for the first time.

But they knew that a defeat could open the door for Ospreys to snatch the final semi-final spot away from them.

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Easterby slates Scarlets drubbing

As it transpired, Ospreys failed to take advantage by losing away at second-placed Leinster.

But Bennett said that was scant consolation and was particularly dismayed by a nine-minute period early in the second half when Treviso were reduced to 13 men, but still managed to score 10 points without conceding.

"The Scarlets' crowd came here to see one thing, and that was a good performance by the Scarlets full of quality, to win the game and qualifying for that top four," added Scarlets president Bennett.

"Unfortunately we've had to rely on Leinster beating the Ospreys in Dublin.

"This was the worst result I have seen since we've moved to Parc y Scarlets, possibly the worst result in the last 10 years of Llanelli and Scarlets rugby."

The match also marked the final home appearance for a number of departing players, including Northampton-bound George North and Matthew Rees, who is joining Cardiff Blues.

"They were saying farewell to 11 players being presented with trophies and jerseys. What a way to go," lamented former Wales and Llanelli fly-half Bennett.

Coach Easterby admitted his players were poor in every facet of the game but denied they failed to show the seventh-places visitors enough respect.

"We were our own worst enemy," he said. "It's hard to explain right now. It's pretty raw and the players will be gutted.

"They need to think about their own individual performances but we've got to pick ourselves up because we've got a trip to Belfast next week."

Ulster finished top of the table and will head into Friday's semi-final at Ravenhill on the back of a bonus point 37-13 victory over Cardiff Blues.

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