European hopes not dead for Ospreys

Date published: May 1 2016

Ospreys boss Steve Tandy admits the region's hunt for a Champions Cup spot is still just about alive after beating the Blues. 

The 'Judgement Day' fixture finished with a tenth straight win over the Blues for the Ospreys which leaves them four points off sixth place ahead of next weekend.

Munster currently occupy that final spot in the top six and will host the Scarlets next Saturday, while the Ospreys will face Ulster.

Were it not for an extensive injury list then perhaps the Ospreys would be competing higher up the table, as Tandy highlighted in his analysis afterwards.

“If I’m honest, it’s not where we want to be in the season” Tandy told the Ospreys' website.

“It’s a pretty special jersey to wear and I think they epitomised that today. It was far from perfect but ultimately it was a really good result. It was six tries to two, a huge effort considering there are 13, 14 boys on the sidelines, a lot of senior players, British Lions and international players on the injured list.

“This group, whoever comes in and represents the jersey, they do a fine job of it. You look at the end today, Brendon is on the wing, Sam Parry is playing in the back row, and I think it’s a huge effort from us.

“We’ve got to get more consistent with our performances but we’ve got to enjoy this moment. It’s given us an outside chance and, like we said a few weeks ago, we aren’t going to give up on it while it’s mathematically possible.

“Everybody has been writing us off, even coming into this game we were probably an underdog with a lot of people predicting the Blues would win given their recent form.

There is an exceptional attitude around the group.”