PRO12: Ospreys Suffer Narrow Loss

Ospreys fell to a 19-16 defeat away to Leinster.

Reflecting on the match, and the performance, it was clearly a case of mixed emotions for Tandy. 

“It’s a game we could have won but Leinster probably deserved the victory in the end” was his verdict.

“We had a few opportunities at the end of each half that we couldn’t take, where some of our inexperience told.

“There’s a hell of a lot of pride in the team once again though. We have some real talent coming through our ranks, everybody can see that, it’s just about turning that promise into wins in the big games.”

“I was reasonably pleased at half-time to be honest” he said.

“Conditions were difficult for us, playing into a very strong wind but I thought we managed that for 20 minutes or whatever, we were in pretty good shape. We gave away a pretty cheap try and after that they started to squeeze us, built a score and started to open up a gap but I felt we were always in it if we played our game.

“We missed a couple of opportunities on half-time that could have set us up nicely, but we had people like Rhys Webb, Sam Davies and Ben Evans who were able to put us in good positions in the second half. I felt Leinster were tiring, we started to create chances, were breaking the gain line. Ultimately it was down to a couple of attempted offloads, a couple of errors, and the chances were gone. That comes down to experience and learning to manage the game.

“We bombed a couple of seven pointers. At points of the game we built momentum, showed some real skill, but with a young group comes learning and maybe they need to understand when to offload and when to recycle.

“It was a pretty brave performance. It’s a very young group with an average age of just 24 and being 16-3 down at the RDS, against a very experienced Leinster team, it would have been very easy for them to throw the towel in.

“They were dropping like flies out there throughout the match but to dig in and come back like they did in the face of everything shows the strength of character we have in the group and the belief in what we are trying to do.

“Looking back at the last two weekends we’ve come to Ireland for back to back games against the top two and it’s been a mixed bag. We’ve played some decent rugby at times, but there’s plenty of learning from the games as well.

“We could have taken five points against Connacht last week but ended up with nothing despite a huge effort. Ultimately though it’s disappointing that we are coming away with only one point from the last two games, top two or not.”

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