Pro14: Gareth Davies apologises for Dragons' 'low standard' comments

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Pro14 highlights: Dragons 8-33 Scarlets
Pro14 play-off quarter-final: Scarlets v Cheetahs
Venue: Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli Date: Saturday, 5 May Kick-off: 18:35 BST
Coverage: Live on S4C; live BBC Radio Wales & BBC Radio Cymru on the BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app.

Scarlets scrum-half Gareth Davies has apologised for his comments about Dragons' "low standards" of rugby.

The Wales international, 27, has sent a formal written apology to Dragons head coach Bernard Jackman after Scarlets won Saturday's Judgement Day encounter.

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac said: "Bernard has replied and they've had a good conversation about what was said. I don't think you'll see a repeat."

Davies said Scarlets claimed a 33-8 win 'without getting out of second gear'.

He had added: "Every time we play against the Dragons they bring us down to their level of rugby, which is very average."

Pivac pressure

Pivac said Davies was one of a number of players who were frustrated after the game, even though the Scarlets scored five tries to earn a bonus-point win.

"I may have put a bit of pressure on them, which I did intentionally to challenge them about going for five points," he said.

"He's been in, I've had a chat to Gareth and he's formally apologised in writing.

"I'm very pleased that Gareth has taken the stance he has... waking up the next morning and understanding what he'd done and putting it right the best he could."

Dragons' struggles

Saturday's defeat was Dragons' 16th successive match without victory and their 19th loss from their last 20 matches against Scarlets.

Although the match at the Principality Stadium counted as a home fixture, Dragons have also failed to win away from home since March 2015, losing all 33 games on the road in that period.

The Gwent-based side have traditionally been the weakest since the launch of Welsh regional rugby in 2003.

They are looking to change that next season, with Wales back-rower Ross Moriarty among the high-profile players moving to Rodney Parade this summer.

However, this campaign has been one of familiar failure, winning only two of their 21 Pro14 matches and conceding 94 tries in the process.

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