Dan Evans says that the Ospreys ‘can’t rest on our laurels’ after securing a play-off spot with the next game, a home match v Glasgow, set to be crucial for both teams as they chase a home semi-final.
It was the full backs try just before the interval, his seventh of the season, that kick started the Ospreys in Saturday’s win over Cardiff Blues after a stuttering start, and although delighted that the win means the season will go into over time Evans stressed that the team still has work to do.
“It’s a massive achievement for us and we are really proud to have done what we have, but we can’t rest on our laurels” he said.
“We’ve just got to keep doing what we have been, keep playing. There are two massive games left and if we want a home semi-final then we are going to have to win them both.
“We’ve got two weeks prep for the Glasgow game so we’ll do our review as normal and then start building for what is going to be a massive game at the Liberty next weekend. We know we need to switch on and there has to be a huge improvement on the way we start the game, so that’s going to be a work on ahead of that game.
“It was frustrating in the first half, we weren’t really at our best out there and we couldn’t get into the game. I think we showed the character and belief we have in the squad though. We were able to regroup, some of the stuff we played in the second half was really pleasing and it was great to get the bonus point. It’s so tight at the top at the moment and every point could be crucial come the end of the season.”
Evans has been an influential figure on the field for the Ospreys this season following his move from the Dragons last summer, starting every single PRO12 game to date, and he says that a desire to be involved in the end of season games that matter was behind his switch to the Liberty Stadium.
“It’s exciting to be a part of what we are doing here” added Evans.
“Before I joined it was big games like these that were synonymous with the Ospreys to me, and they are the matches that I wanted to be involved with when I signed last year. It’s an honour to be a part of it and I want to make sure that the season keeps on going as long as possible.”