‘Best-ever Ospreys’ are worthy winners – McGahan

Guinness PRO12 Editor

12 May 2012

Ronan O'Gara and head coach Tony McGahan

Munster head coach Tony McGahan hailed the Ospreys’ 45-10 vanquishing of his side in their RaboDirect PRO12 semi-final as the best performance he’d seen from the Ospreys.

The match at the Liberty Stadium was McGahan’s last in charge of the Irish province as he moves on to take on a new role with the Australian national side as a coaching co-ordinator.

His departure will end a seven year association with the club and he has been head coach since 2008, when he took over from Declan Kidney.

McGahan was aiming for back-to-back titles but those hopes were dashed by Steve Tandy’s Ospreys as they ran in five tries and fly-half Dan Biggar kicked 20 points.

Kahn Fotuali’i, Hanno Dirksen, Rhys Webb, Biggar and Andrew Bishop grabbed the tries for the home side who will face either Leinster or Glasgow in the final in a fortnight’s time.

McGahan admitted the Welsh outfit’s precision and ruthlessness had impressed him.
“I thought the Ospreys were tremendous,” McGahan told walesonline.

“They turned the ball over from us, their set-piece was exemplary and their attack superb.

“Without a doubt it was the best performance I have seen from the Ospreys in my time in Europe.

“It was complete, right across the paddock. It was a very polished display from a very good side.”