Full-back Barry Davies got the Ospreys off to a flying start on Friday night with his first try of the season, coming just five minutes into the win over Connacht, but he says that the whole team believe they need to improve if they are going to achieve their goals this season.
The Wales cap helped his team to a fifth straight win, leaving them top of the RaboDirect PRO12 after the first month of the season, but with Munster away next before the competition takes a short break, he couldn’t hide the collective Ospreys disappointment at their inability to build on a positive start .
Asked about the try at the post-match press conference, Davies preferred to talk about the team performance rather than his own:
“It was nice to go over, to score the try. I don’t think I’ve scored a try in the league since 2009 maybe, so it’s pleasing to score but I’m disappointed with the performance. After the early score were hoping that we’d consolidate, play a bit of territory, but I’ve played against Connacht for the last 10 years and they’re a gritty outfit who always make games difficult.
“We’ve got lots of things to work on, individually and collectively as a team. Different teams offer you different challenges and Connacht caused a lot of problems out there today. They came here after a good run and watching the videos it was thoroughly deserved. We had to work hard to get that win, and we are pleased that we managed to do it, but there’s a lot for us to work on.
“The performance wasn’t great but we’re a close-knit team. We’ve really bonded over these five games we’ve won, but the season’s so long that you can’t read too much into early results really.
“We are happy with the win obviously but disappointed with the performance. We know that we had a short turnaround but we got the two wins we wanted. It’s a tough ask now going out to Munster but we’ve got a bit of time to work hard and try to improve our performance in all areas of the game.”