# Lethal Scarlets add some steel\n\nDespite scoring 32 points and four tries in the 2018 Guinness PRO14 Final, Scarlets couldn’t really get close to Leinster who were hard and clinical in Dublin. Scarlets had won the title in the previous season with a smart, agile and fast team that feasted on turnovers, but needed some more directness. \n\nSo, what changed when the teams met just three months later? Wayne Pivac’s team sharpened the blades that had worked so well in the past, but they powered up their pressure game and this performance showed what could have been in 2018/19. \nThe stats at Parc y Scarlets certainly would have left Pivac purring; seven turnovers won and 13 penalties conceded by Leinster portrays their cut-and-thrust style.\n\n# Relentless Tempo\n\nHere Scarlets were at their ambitions and speedy best. Right from the get-go they wanted to instil tempo by spreading the ball inside their 22 to ask questions of Leinster’s excellent defence. Back rowers sat comfortably in the wide channels and they could have had a try within 90 seconds but Johnny McNicholl failed to release Gareth Davies. It was a clear sign of intent.\n\nTheir two tries both come from broken play with Hadleigh Parkes and Davies twisting Leinster’s defence, but the pace of their play and commitment to compete in all aspects kept the tempo high. Scarlets went hard for the ball off restarts and refused to return possession that Leinster kicked to them. Their goal was always to get the ball back to the halfway line and look for cracks in the defence or opportunities to offload. \nThis intensity never allows defenders to settle and the constant probing by smart players with top ball skills are the perfect weapons to attack Leinster’s Test-level defence.