Johnno reflects on a hard fought victory

Speaking after watching the Ospreys defeat Munster 19-15 at the Liberty Stadium, Scott Johnson hailed a 'brave' effort that ensured the Ospreys remain in contention for a place in the knockout stages.

Addressing the media following the final whistle, Johnno was full of praise for the team effort, but was refusing to get carried away:

Im happy, not delighted" he insisted.

"You get delighted when you know youve done everything right. I thought the effort was first class, it was brave but we cant allow ourselves to get carried away because there were one or two areas where we didnt quite get it right. Weve had a sensational lineout all year but tonight it wasnt at its best, which meant we didnt get on the front foot in other areas.

Since the autumn internationals weve only really been able to have one full training session together because of the inclement weather so we are a bit rusty as a group but we are happy. Ill sleep a bit better tonight which is nice!

The scrum set the tone for us. Sometimes when you have such dominance in the scrum the game doesnt flow because theres a lot of pressure and resets, but we really made the most of our dominance in that area which was really pleasing.

Jonathan Humphreys has done some excellent work on our scrum and weve really seen it coming on this season. Paul James and Adam Jones are two fantastic props to have, but theres a man in the middle there, Richard Hibbard, who also deserves credit. He is an outstanding scrummager and he does make such a big difference in that area.

For all we talk about the scrum though, it wouldnt matter one bit if we didnt take advantage of it, and from that point, credit has to go to young Daniel who has been kicking excellently. If he wasnt converting the penalties, we wouldnt be talking about the scrum now.

There was a 10 minute period at the start of the second half where they had all the play, all the ball, on our line, and I think the boys showed great resilience. It was an area of the game that let us down last week, we were a bit high in the contact area, but I think what they displayed today was great character against a side that usually takes some points away when they are in that area of the pitch. Id say that I was delighted, not just happy, with that part of the game.

We knew when we looked at the draw at the start of the year that it wasnt going to be easy. On balance, we are not too far off where we need to be. The pool is evenly balanced but I think our destiny is in our hands although Munster and Toulon will both be saying the same right now. Well still be talking about the different outcomes for this pool right up until the very last game and everyone knew that from the very start. Its going to be interesting. We play Toulon here on the final weekend and that could give us a good opportunity to control the pool but weve got to go to Irish before that and get something. Munster can vouch for how difficult that is. The only thing I can guarantee is its going to go down to the wire.