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PRO12: Leinster v Ospreys

Ospreys are back in PRO12 action this weekend.

They kick off against Leinster at the Royal Dublin Society on Saturday at 3.00pm/

Ospreys Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said: “Clearly we were disappointed about the outcome last weekend in Connacht, we saw the good and bad of a young, developing team over the course of 80 minutes, but there was so much to be proud of as a coach. We started sluggishly, gave them a head start and found ourselves playing catch up, something that’s probably the story of our season, but you have to give credit for the attitude, endeavour, and bloody mindedness I suppose, in the way that once again they refused to throw the towel in and deserved to bring something home with them.

“We are going to need that attitude in buckets on Saturday as we are going to one of the toughest places in European rugby and we know that we have to be at our best from the very first whistle. Give a team like Leinster a head start and there’s no way back.

“In terms of our season, last weekend’s result doesn’t change anything. We knew that we would have to probably win all of our remaining games to grab a Champions Cup spot and that is still the same. That has to be what we set out to achieve over the next few months. This period has seen us defeat Edinburgh and Munster and draw with Glasgow, as well as last week’s loss, so we’ve taken big strides forward. We’ll focus on performance on Saturday, look after the areas that we can control, try and find that extra accuracy that can make a difference, and if we do that, then we feel we can make the next stride.

“We’ve said all season long that it was going to be a tough year and that’s how it’s turned out, with international commitments and injuries biting. On the flip side of that, we’ve seen incredible growth in what is the youngest squad in European rugby. People like Owen Watkin, Sam Davies, Nicky Smith, Rory Thornton, Olly Cracknell, Adam Beard, Gareth Thomas and Sam Underhill are getting invaluable experience, learning what it takes to play at this level, showing that they can make that next step, and showing that we have a bright future at the Ospreys. Whatever the outcome on Saturday, or this season, we can all look ahead with real optimism.

“It’s disappointing that we’ve lost a few more players to injury this week but we’ll be looking for that Ospreys spirit again, with the same standards expected whoever is in the shirt, captained by Rhys Webb, someone who will lead by example from first whistle to last.”

The Ospreys team to play Leinster at the RDS on Saturday 5th March 2016, KO 3.00pm, is as follows: 

 

15 Dan Evans

14 Jeff Hassler

13 Josh Matavesi

12 Owen Watkin

11 Ben John

10 Sam Davies 

9 Rhys Webb (Capt)

 

1 Nicky Smith

2 Sam Parry

3 Dmitri Arhip

4 Tyler Ardron

5 Rory Thornton

6 James KIng 

7 Olly Cracknell

8 Dan Baker

  

REPLACEMENTS

16 Scott Otten

17 Gareth Thomas

18 Ma’afu Fia

19 Adam Beard

20 Joe Bearman

21 Tom Habberfield

22 Jonathan Spratt

23 Tom Grabham

 

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