Tandy: Ospreys defence was key
May 12, 2012
Ospreys fly-half Dan Biggar finished the game with a 25-point haul © PA Photos
Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy pinpointed his side's defence as the key to their RaboDirect semi-final victory over Munster.
Tandy watched on as his side blitzed the defending champions 45-10 at the Liberty stadium to set up a final against either Leinster or Glasgow. Dan Biggar, Hanno Dirksen, Andrew Bishop, Rhys Webb and Kahn Fotuali'i all scored tries, with Biggar adding four penalties and four conversions.
In response, Munster could only muster a try, conversion and penalty from Ian Keatley as the Ospreys' defence set the tone for their victory.
"I thought it was a great performance and to beat Munster is always good," he said. "I thought the defence was key, as Munster did put us under pressure but we turned the ball over and when we did that we did execute and secure the points.
"Even when we were two or three tries up still the defence didn't want to give Munster any easy points and made them work for everything. It was a really good night for us. I thought the supporters were unbelievable, but we can't get ahead of ourselves as we have a final now to hopefully go and win."
Ospreys prop Paul James, who was man of the match, added: "When you play teams like Munster, with the skills they have got, you have got to have your defence on top. I think we clicked and the boys showed just what we can do."
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