"We went close out there last month, but close

As preparations for Saturday's Magners League Grand Final continue, Lee Byrne has called on the Ospreys to go "one step further" at the RDS on Saturday night.

The region face Leinster in the showpiece finale to the season, with both sides bidding to become the first side to win the title three times, and Byrne says that with the Ospreys going into the game on the back of just one defeat in six games, they will be looking to keep that run of form going for one more game.

"We've put ourselves in a good position" said Byrne.

"We've had a good run of results over the last six weeks or so and that has enabled us to qualify for the final. Whatever competition you are in, you want to be in the final and that's what we've done. The next challenge is to get out  there on Saturday evening and perform the way we can. We want to try to make sure we do ourselves justice on the day, and if we hit the standards we have been it could be a good night for us.

 "The boys are all really looking forward to it, and after our mini-tour of Ireland last month we are excited about going back out there this weekend."

 Although he didn't arrive in Ospreylia until twelve months after the region's first ever Celtic League success, Byrne will still be gunning for his own personal hat-trick having won the title with the Scarlets in 2004, as well being a part of the Ospreys 2007 title winning team.

 Unlike on those occasions, with a new play-off system now in place the Magners League trophy isn't necessarily going to the team who finished top of the table at the end of the regular season, and with his team having trailed Leinster by three points in the final table, unsurprisingly, Byrne says he is a fan of the play-offs:

 "I've won it twice before, but it's a bit different this year, the play-offs have added a twist to it. Play-offs have been in place in England for a while now and you have to look at how clubs like Wasps time their run just right to finish in the play-offs as the form team, and have then gone on to do well in the knock-outs. This is the way it is now. We've been on a good run to move up the table towards the end of the season and it means we are in with a chance of winning it.

 "In the past, Leinster would have won the league but everybody knew what the format was before the first ball was kicked last September. It's good for the fans, for the media, it creates excitement and a big game to end the season with winner takes all."

 The Ospreys face a Leinster team which, over the years, has built up a reputation of being hard to beat on their own turf. However, Byrne says that they can't go over to Dublin this weekend fearing their opponents. Instead, he insists that it's time the Ospreys build on the good work done already this season:

 "They've not lost at home in the Magners in about 18 months so we know it's going to be tough, but they've got to lose some time and hopefully it's going to be our time.

 "We went close out there last month, but close isn't good enough, we have to go one better this time. It was the end of a hard week, we'd played three games on the road and had the disappointment of Biarritz, but to get so close to Leinster in that game maybe surprised a few people and will give us the confidence to really believe in ourselves on Saturday. If we can go one step further, it should be a good night."