Biggar sets sights on Saints

Published: Sunday 19th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Wales star Dan Biggar wants the Ospreys to travel “full of confidence” when they tackle English champions Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens next Saturday.

Biggar and company opened their European Champions Cup campaign in emphatic fashion by posting a bonus point 42-7 victory over outclassed Liberty Stadium visitors Treviso.

Fly-half Biggar ran the show, kicking 17 points and orchestrating the Ospreys’ best attacking moments as full-back Dan Evans touched down twice, while wing Jeff Hassler, scrum-half Rhys Webb and number eight Dan Baker also scored tries.

It meant the unbeaten Guinness PRO12 leaders took early charge of Pool Five, teeing up the Saints clash after making it seven successive wins in all competitions this season.

Biggar said: “We have to front up a lot more and be a lot more physical in terms of where we were at today.

“We have to be a lot smarter, and we probably played a fraction too much in our own half, albeit chasing a few more tries.

“We realise how difficult a place it is going to be to play at next week, but also we should go up there with confidence. Why not?

“We are unbeaten this season at the minute. We are under no illusions that there is loads to work on, but why not go up there full of confidence and give it a good go?

“For me, it is about going up there and giving them a real good run for their money. We are fully expecting to rock up and test them as much as we possibly can.

“We know they are going to come out of the traps, and it is about how we start and trying to take a bit of sting out of the game. They are a top side with top players.”

The only worrying note on an otherwise routine afternoon for the Ospreys at Treviso’s expense was Wales autumn squad hopeful Baker being carried off midway through the second period. There was a 10-minute stoppage while he received attention from medics.

Ospreys attack coach Gruff Rees said: “We are getting pretty healthy reports. It was just precautionary, and hopefully positive news. There was a bit of neck pain there.

“He took the ball into contact and seemed to take an awkward knee as he dropped his shoulder.”

And reflecting on the result, Rees added: “We have got to be satisfied.

“It was a professional job well done, and in the context of the week ahead we will take it and move on.

“This was a nice run today in terms of points in the bag, but we’ve got to go up an incredible amount next week to match up to Northampton.”

For Treviso, another testing European campaign is under way, given that Northampton and Racing Metro are also in their group.

“There was some positive stuff today, but a lot of negatives as well,” Treviso backs coach Marius Goosen said.

“The result does hurt, but it is all about performance for us at the moment. I definitely believe we are on the right path, and there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel.”

Published: Sunday 19th October 2014 by The News Editor

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