Ospreys Boost Their Title Chances
24th April 2007 By Munster Rugby
Ospreys out-half took the plaudits once again last night when his 19 points were goode enough to earn his side a valuable four Magners League points that sees them just five points behind Leinster in the race for the title.
Ospreys also have a game in hand but the crucial clash in their run-in comes in three days time when they entertain Leinster at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea.
After that the Ospreys wind up their campaign with three away games (v Glasgow, Borders & Dragons) while Leinster are home to Borders and away to Cardiff Blues. And it’s that last game that might undo Leinster because the Blues still entertain hopes of winning the title with captain Xavier Rush insisting the Arms Park side have the confidence and momentum to take the Magners League title race right to the wire.
At the Liberty Stadium last night however, Hook scored a try and landed five kicks, made up of three penalties, a conversion and a drop goal, to take the Ospreys above the Blues into third place in the table.
And now the talented 21 year old reckons his side can win the tilte. “
“After last night, we are very much in the title hunt. We knew if we lost down in Stradey, our title hopes would be pretty much gone. That would have been the end of our chances for the league. But we’ve got the win, which we’re delighted with. The players were determined to put a performance in and that’s what we did. It was a superb effort”.
Now we’ve got a quick turnaround with Leinster. It doesn’t get any easier. We’ve just got to put this win on the back burner and focus on that. It’s going to be a huge game. Again, we know that we can’t afford to lose. If we lose it, the title will perhaps be out of our reach then. So we need to win on Friday again.”