Ospreys look for European redemption

Guinness PRO12 Editor

14 Dec 2010


News, Ospreys

The Ospreys are out for a shot at redemption against Munster this weekend.

In the second of back-to-back ties in Europe the Magners League champions Ospreys take on Munster, the current pace-setters.

Munster came out on top in the first of the encounters, claiming a 22-16 Thomond Park triumph.

But the Ospreys are looking to gain revenge and build confidence ahead of the resumption of Magners League action by putting Munster to the sword.

"I've got very mixed feelings about the match," said Ospreys wing Tommy Bowe, reflecting on the loss.

"We are a team that really wants to do well in the Heineken Cup and we believe that we have the ability to really succeed in the competition.

"If you are going to do that then you've got to thrive on coming to places like Thomond Park, you have to test yourself and you have to believe in your abilities.

"We believed that we could get the win so obviously we are disappointed that we haven't achieved that.

"We have to be happy in a way that we got the bonus point, there are a lot of good teams who have failed to do that. Just look at Toulon when they came here recently.

"It's a massive game coming up in the return leg next week. I suppose it's only after that match, possibly not even until January, will we really be able to gauge how important that point is going to be, along with the fact that we stopped them getting a bonus.

"At different stages it looked as though we might be able to kick on and win. It was disappointing to concede a penalty right on half-time which meant we went in behind. To go in ahead would have been massive for us.

"But we did show glimpses of what we could do, and maybe we should have tightened up our game after we got our noses in front again in the second half.

"It's frustrating that we didn't come out with the win but at the same time we've got a bonus point and we can now look forward to a massive game and a fantastic rugby occasion on Saturday.

"It's only half-time in this tie and there's a huge opportunity for us next week in front of our own fans. We'll try to put things straight and we'll be looking to play a bit of rugby to get our supporters excited.

"We've got a very proud record in Europe at the Liberty Stadium and we want to keep that going."