Guinness Pro12: Steve Tandy wary of future Osprey tests

Guinness Pro12: Steve Tandy warns Ospreys that there is a long way to go after a good start to the season

Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy has admitted he is happy with the Guinness PRO12 season so far, but warned there is a long way to go.

The league leaders routed Edinburgh with nine tries in a 62-13 win on Sunday to bag 14 points out of a possible 15 from their opening three games of the season, but travel to Limerick to take on Munster this weekend.

We didn’t get carried away with any of the media hype around it. It’s an outside influence that we can’t control

Steve Tandy

“The positive for us is that we have three wins, but there’s still 19 games to go, which is still a large part of the season,” said Tandy.

“Are we happy where we are? Yes. The tries we’ve scored and the points on the board already, but there’s still a test to come.

“I thought we were a little bit sloppy in some of our exits. Certainly I’m probably being hypercritical and miserable like I normally am, but it’s something we look at after perfection.

“We didn’t have that in a lot of our exits and I thought we made our forwards work a bit too hard and, every time we score, it probably took us two or three attempts to get out, whereas if we do that out in Munster or Zebre then we’ll get punished for it.”

The manner of their unbeaten start to the season comes as the four-time Celtic League champions were written off as title contenders before the first kick-off, with many pundits doubting their top four credentials, but Tandy refuses to take much notice.

“We concentrate on ourselves,” he added. “We didn’t get carried away with any of the media hype around it. It’s an outside influence that we can’t control.

“The only thing we can control is, as coaches, trying to do the best we can in and around the group. The group are learning all the time. We will be keeping our feet on the ground.

“We’re not the greatest team in the world just because we’ve scored nine tries in one game and there will be a true test when we go to Munster on Saturday.

“That’s something we talked about in the changing rooms. It’s five points in the bag, but it’s no good looking back. It’s done and dusted.

“We’ve got a training week starting Tuesday which is vitally important and, defensively, I think there’s still improvements to be made, in particular going away from home to the likes of Munster and Zebre.”

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