Ospreys must get much Biggar

Sat, 05 Jan 2013 16:29
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Ospreys flyhalf Dan Biggar believes the Welsh side will have to raise their game if they are to compete for silverware in the Pro12 this season.

Ospreys flyhalf Dan Biggar believes the Welsh side will have to raise their game if they are to compete for silverware in the Pro12 this season, despite Friday's narrow 16-15 win over Zebre.

The Welsh international scored all of the Ospreys points at the Liberty Stadium to inflict a 13th straight defeat on the bottom club, but insisted the defending champions couldn't be happy with their performance.

"It was nowhere near good enough," said the 23-year-old, after steering the Swansea-based team to their third win in nine days.

"We were nowhere near what we've been the last three or four weeks and we can only apologise for the performance we put on. The coaching staff have put a lot of work in with us and we let them down over the 80 minutes.

"Credit to Zebre, I thought they played very, very well, were very competitive at the rucks and we just didn't deal with it. If you don't deal with the ruck area in this game, in this day and age, it's an uphill battle."

The home side were in danger of becoming the first team to lose to Zebre in the Pro12 as they went in at half time trailing 8-6. But Biggar struck a penalty and then converted his own try to give the Ospreys what appeared to be a decisive lead.

However, Tito Tebaldi touched down for Zebre to put the result in doubt and set up a nervy final few minutes for the Ospreys, who hung on to claim their ninth win of the season.

But Biggar, who also struck three penalties, knows a large improvement is needed if the Ospreys are to get anything out of their European Cup game with Leicester Tigers at the Liberty Stadium on January 13.

"We didn't help ourselves either with silly knock-ons, just going away from our pattern a little bit, but they really did come hard at the ruck area and caused us a lot of problems," he added. "Leicester will do exactly the same next week so we're in for a hard week's training and we can't complain about it.

"At the end of the day we've won a game. We're happy with the result all in all, after that performance, but we know that we're going to have to play an awful lot better, not just next week but the rest of the season if we're going to finish in the top four places.

"We've down our bit, just about, the top four is where we need to be and hopefully now we can stay here. We've had a good Christmas all in all. We're obviously disappointed with the way we played tonight but three wins in nine days is good return."

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Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
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Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 10 10 0 0 48
Munster 10 7 0 3 36
Cheetahs 10 6 0 4 29
Cardiff Blues 10 4 0 6 19
Connacht 10 3 0 7 18
Zebre 10 3 0 7 16
Ospreys 10 2 0 8 11
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Scarlets 10 8 0 2 40
Leinster 10 8 0 2 37
Ulster 10 7 1 2 35
Edinburgh 10 6 0 4 28
Treviso 10 3 0 7 15
Dragons 10 2 1 7 13
Kings 10 0 0 10 4