Guinness PRO12: Sam Davies pleased with Ospreys’ bonus-point win
Ospreys outside-half kicked 16 points as the Welsh region ran in seven tries against Zebre to stay in fourth place in the table
Sam Davies believes the Ospreys’ bonus-point win over Zebre could be huge as the race for the Guinness PRO12 top four intensifies.
The young outside-half, 21, who kept the 10 jersey despite Dan Biggar’s return from Wales duty, put in another man of the match performance, after his heroics against Munster last time out, as he steered his team to a 53-22 win against the league’s bottom side at the Liberty Stadium.
We know we’ve got the squad and the bench that can come on and get that bonus point, but thankfully we got it 10 minutes in the second half.
Sam Davies on the Ospreys’ bonus-point 53-22 win over Zebre
Biggar, and his half-back partner Rhys Webb, did return to the Ospreys team in the second half, by which point the game was already beyond the hapless Italians as the Welsh region recorded their biggest victory over the Parma-based side to stay fourth in the table on a weekend when the top five clubs all scored at least four tries.
And Davies admitted it was hard at times against Zebre, with several chances going begging, but they stuck to their plans and delivered a healthy win going into the final four rounds of the season.
“The boys put a good shift in today; we had to work hard in the first half,” Davies told S4C after the match.
“We had to go through our plans we’d spoken about all week, and that’s what we did.
“Thankfully we got the bonus point, which is going to be huge come the end of the season.
“We didn’t really speak about it, we spoke about just getting the win first, and seeing where we go from there.
“We know we’ve got the squad and the bench that can come on and get that bonus point, but thankfully we got it 10 minutes in the second half.”
Next up for the Ospreys is an away trip Benetton Treviso, the other Italian club, and the expectation is that the Ospreys need to take another bonus-point win to maintain their advantage over reigning champions Leinster, who are four points behind in fifth place.
If we win our games from now on we should be all right.
Sam Davies on the Ospreys’ chances of finishing in the top four
The Irish province will fancy their chances of overhauling the Ospreys, despite three of their last four matches coming on the road to Newport Gwent Dragons, Ulster and Edinburgh.
After their trip to Treviso, Steve Tandy’s men take on Cardiff Blues at the Millennium Stadium, before hosting current league leaders Glasgow Warriors at the start of May, and ending the regular season with a tough trip to Galway to take on Connacht.
But Davies insisted that the club’s focus will be on getting a win first rather than taking a gung-ho approach.
“We’re just going to go out there and get the win first of all,” he added.
“If we win our games from now on we should be all right.”