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Priestland grateful for Jenkins guidance

Guinness PRO12 Editor

10 Oct 2012


Scarlets fly-half Rhys Priestland insists the help of Welsh kicking coach Neil Jenkins will enable him to overcome his indifferent start to the season from the kicking tee.

The Welsh international has helped the Scarlets to second in the RaboDirect PRO12 after six weeks of the season but has struggled to find his range when kicking at goal.

But while the 25-year-old is frustrated by his goalkicking struggles, he is confident his work with Jenkins will soon bear fruit.

He said: “The goal-kicking has been bitterly disappointing for me. Obviously, it’s never been a great strength of mine.

“I think it’s just my concentration in games would go and I just wouldn’t do the things I do in training. That’s what really bugs me. I don’t mind missing kicks if I’ve done everything I can do.

“I get frustrated when I know after I kick the ball I haven’t done what I’ve practised all week.

“It’s something I want to really improve on and make it an asset I do have.

“I’ve been working hard and I do feel I am moving in the right direction now.

“I’ve seen Neil Jenkins a few times. He goes round most of the regions and works with the kickers there.

“He’s been brilliant. He’s always got good advice to give you and I’ve been working on some things and hopefully I can show them on the field now."