Monday 11 December 2017

We have knack of beating Munster -- Tandy

Steve Tandy. Photo: Getty Images
Steve Tandy. Photo: Getty Images
David Kelly

David Kelly

Steve Tandy has upped the ante ahead of tomorrow night's Pro12 semi-final clash at the Liberty Stadium by boasting that the Ospreys have discovered the "knack of beating Munster."

Coaches and players may change from year to year, but the rivalry between these clubs shows little sign of abating.

Tandy, only appointed as coach three months ago as the under-achieving Welsh outfit began to drastically cut its costs, has wasted little time in trying to get under the skin of his opponents.

After losing four of the five matches played between the sides last season in both European and domestic competition, the Ospreys have already completed a league double against the Irish province this term.

"We seem to have found the knack of beating Munster," said Tandy. "We have been fortunate enough to beat them twice this season.

"We went through a patch of not beating Munster, but we've grown as a team and matured.

"They put some decent performances together against us and have shown us the ropes a few times. But we have a good squad and when we beat Munster at the Liberty Stadium this season, a lot of our core players were playing.

"That's a test of our squad. But you always have to be at your best to beat Munster on any given occasion.

"They are a fantastic team who are always difficult to beat. They are always in the game and you can never get away from them.

"Defence is going to be huge for us, as it has been in our two previous games against them this season.

"We know it's going to be a really difficult test because they have that big game in them and they seem to be able to go away, in the Heineken Cup especially, and get the result they need."

Meanwhile, as expected, Ronan O'Gara was named in a 27-man Munster squad for tomorrow night's clash.

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