Barry Davies says that the challenge this weekend is to get 'the feelgood factor' back as the Ospreys face Benetton Treviso in the Heineken Cup at the Liberty Stadium on Friday evening (KO 8.00pm).
After losing both games in the pre-Christmas double-header against English champs Saracens, the bookies may be suggesting that the Ospreys involvement in European rugby this season is all but over, but the once capped Welsh international insists that there’ll be no throwing the towel in as long as the chance of progressing – either to the quarter finals or into the Amlin Cup – remains.
“We need other results to go our way and we need to get some bonus points” said Davies.
“If we do that you don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s important that we give it everything in these last two games. We’re still in with a fighting chance even if we are outsiders, but we’ll go into the game believing we can do it.
“Saracens may be top but nothing’s sorted in this group yet, I’m sure Biarritz will be going for it against them, and then Treviso have already shown that they are no pushovers and can still have a say in the way things work out.
“People still think that playing against Treviso is an automatic win but they’ve come on so much over the last few years. We were a little bit fortunate to get a draw out there while Biarritz didn’t even manage that
“It’s going to be a tough game, it should be high tempo. If there’s any game that fans should want to come and watch, to see a good game of rugby, it’s this one as Treviso like to throw the ball around and we know that we’ve got to go out and get the win.
“Depending on how this week pans out, even if we know after the game that the quarter-finals are out of the question we know that we can still look to qualify for the Amlin so we’ve got that to go for as well. The main thing for us now is getting back on the horse and playing a bit of rugby, getting the feelgood factor back.”
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