After crossing for the Ospreys first try of the season less than 100 seconds after the first whistle, scrum half Rhys Webb went on to collect the Man of the Match award for an all-action performance in the 27-3 win over Leinster on Friday.
Speaking straight after the game, Webb said he’d enjoyed the first competitive action of the 2011/12 campaign.
“It’s great just to get back out on the pitch” he insisted.
“It’s been a long pre-season. It’s a pleasing win and I think we can take a lot out of it. We knew it would be tough.
“We got off to a great start and really built up some momentum. In the dressing room at half-time the message was just to keep on going but Leinster are a good team and they were always going to come back at us.
“We just panicked a little bit I think. We went a man down, we tried to rush things, but we put our backs against the wall and handled the pressure well. To not concede a point in all the second half despite the pressure we were under is a good achievement that we can be pleased with even if we won’t be pleased with parts of the performance.
“We want to be an exciting team to watch, we want to score plenty of tries, and the first half we showed that. The second half was a bit disappointing. It was a bit frustrating, we were in danger a few times but we managed to get the ball away.
“The boys are just itching to put on the jersey, the youngsters want to make their mark. We are missing a few boys at the World Cup and it’s a tough act to fill their jerseys but it’s a good start to the season. The boys are buzzing, now we’ve got to take the momentum into next week.”