Captain Bradley Davies issued a rallying cry to the Ospreys after the Guinness PRO14 defeat to Munster, insisting he was proud of the team’s attitude in adversity on Saturday night.
Speaking after the final whistle at Irish Independent Park in Cork, the experienced second row acknowledged that his team were the architects of their own downfall at times but highlighted that they continue to work hard and believe in themselves.
“We started the game quite positive” said Davies.
“We have a silly yellow and we’re on the back foot. We win our line out ball in our half, knock on, they score. Then our five metre line, knock on, they score, 14 points down, 14 men, against Munster away.
“Look, we are low on confidence at the moment. It’s easy to throw the towel in but I thought the boys stuck at it. Half time we regrouped, we tried to play a bit of a territory game, but when you are chasing the game, against Munster away, it’s very hard to claw back.
“I’m proud of the boys for sticking at it, we’re all in it together. We’re not really firing at the moment but we are working hard.”
Davies then underlined that the only way for the team to turn it around was to keep working as a collective. Asked what was the fix for the position they find themselves in he replied:
“We know on our day when we get things right we are a very good team it’s just we haven’t shown that the last few weeks. It’s frustrating, we’re a bit low at the moment but we’ve got to stick together and hopefully come through this patch.”
Asked how can the Ospreys make that happen Davies was pretty clear once again.
“That’s a very good question” he said.
“It’s about working hard day to day, come in and try to get better every day and then try and perform on the field. We’ve got a great opportunity next week, different competition going away to Northampton. Hopefully we can put it right there and get a bit of momentum again.”
And so the final question came, enquiring did everybody in the dressing room remain “tight and solid”?
The answer from Davies was short but emphatic:
“Definitely. 100 per cent.”