Opposition View: Ospreys

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The Opposition View returns this week as Ospreys fan Rich Corless (@rich_corless) offers his thoughts on his side ahead of our Judgement Day showdown at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

How pleased are you with Ospreys season overall?

Overall? Not that pleased. We’ve had an awful season overall. Hopefully we’ve now turned a corner and we’ll see an improvement, but I won’t be looking back on this season with a smile.

We’ve had off field problems, on field problems, players leaving, coach being sacked, eight Pro14 wins all season, and we can’t even say we managed a clean sweep against the Italian sides. There have been few highlights, the few we’ve had were mainly in Europe, and so I’m on countdown to the 2018-19 season and hopefully a return to grace for us.

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Ospreys have had a disappointing season by their standards

What has been the standout Ospreys game for you?

Not many to choose from this season, but I’m torn between the Clermont game at the Liberty Stadium, or the Saracens game at Allianz Park. Both games I feel showed what we can do, even if they both ended in defeat, but I think Saracens away was THE game this season for us.

Who has been the standout Ospreys player for you?

This is the easiest question so far, Dan Evans. He has been Mr. Consistent now for a few seasons. Rarely found wanting at full-back and gives everything in every game.

What are the hopes for the off season?

Now we’ve settled on a new coach and with Matt Sherratt coming on board as well, I’m hoping that they will be able to get to work and have us up and running in time for September. I don’t think we can afford a ‘cold’ start to next season.

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Matt Sherratt will leave Cardiff Blues to join Ospreys this summer

What have you made of Cardiff Blues generally so far?

That you guys are still inconsistent, but less inconsistent than us. You started off almost as badly as us this year, but you’re hitting a run of form now and watching you play it feels like you’ve got that belief, confidence, that you can win matches.

However, you’ve still got players on the pitch that are worth 7-10 points for the opposition, so fingers crossed those players play on Saturday.

Prediction for Saturday?

This is a tough one. Derby to one side, this is a nothing match for both of us. There is always inter-Welsh pride at stake, but you’ve got a European final to prepare for against Gloucester, we’ve potentially got a play-off match either against Ulster or Treviso to qualify for the Champions Cup to prepare for, so part of me is expecting both clubs to rest the senior players and put out “A” teams.

Although it hurts to say I think Cardiff will have too much for us on Saturday, though I think it will be another close one.

Thanks again to Rich for offering his thoughts, it will no doubt be an intriguing encounter between two sides with bigger fish to fry at the end of this season.

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