Ospreys 62 Edinburgh 13: We’ll prove critics wrong, insists Webb
Ospreys 62 Edinburgh 13: Rhys Webb promises that the Welsh side will continue to prove critics wrong
Rhys Webb has admitted that the Ospreys are on a mission to prove the doubters wrong after they were written off as title contenders for this season’s Guinness PRO12.
After the departure of experience forwards Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones, Ian Evans and Ryan Jones this summer, many pundits decided that, with a relatively young team, the four-time Celtic League champions would struggle to compete at the top.
I’m not thinking about autumn, World Cup, nothing. I’m just taking one game as it comes
After three rounds of the PRO12, the Ospreys have taken 14 points from a possible 15 and sit at the top of the table after Sunday’s nine-try 62-13 thrashing of Edinburgh in Swansea.
“It’s helping us really,” Webb said. “A lot has been said in training about people writing us off and let’s prove them wrong. We’re not getting carried away.
“We’ve got a young team with some experienced boys as well, so we know we’ve just got to get on with our jobs, do it the best we can, and hopefully we can keep on picking up results along the way.”
The Wales scrum-half lit up the Liberty Stadium in the first half, which started with a bang as the 24-year-old set off on a dazzling 50-metre run which saw three Edinburgh players fail to tackle him with winger Tim Visser unable to stop him under the posts.
“I had enough support with me, so I thought there’s only one way I’m going and that’s to the tryline,” he added before admitting that it was the best try of his career.
His man of the match performance with the Wales coaching staff watching on will certainly set tongues wagging in Wales over who should be first-choice scum-half for the four autumn international games, but the confident youngster has his sights firmly set on next week’s clash with Munster rather than Wales call-ups.
“I’m not thinking that far ahead,” Webb added. “I’m not thinking about autumn, World Cup, nothing. I’m just taking one game as it comes. Munster and Zebre coming up and then we’re into the European Cup and the challenge begins. We know we need to do well in the European Cup; try and go further than last year.
“Munster will be a real, proper test. There’s no reason why we can’t go there and pick up the win. We just need to do our jobs as best we can and be clinical, because if you’re not clinical against a Team like Munster they’ll score some tries against us.
“We know it’s going to be tough up front and they’ve got some exciting backs as well, so we’re quite evenly matched and we just need to be ruthless and try to get the win.”
The manner of the win may have been emphatic, but the ambitious Ospreys believe there is still plenty of room for improvement and that will be their aim when they return to training on Tuesday ahead of their trip to Limerick.
“It was a very impressive, but still we’ve got loads to work on,” he added. “A couple of times in the game we weren’t clinical: our exits were sloppy, silly try we conceded, so we know it’s going to be a much tougher test next week against Munster.
“We need to come in on Tuesday and sort stuff out and get it right, because we know if we give Munster a chance they’ll finish us off.
“I’m feeling refreshed and ready to go and just want to keep doing my best for the team and hoping we can pick up some more wins.
“It’s a long season, but silverware is what we want here and I’ve got to be on top of my game every week to help the boys out.
“Everyone knows in that squad that we are good enough to make the play-offs. Not much has been said about it. As players, we want to win trophies and we all just want to get into the top four play-offs.”