Steve Tandy says the Ospreys have to improve against Munster. Pic: Getty Images.
Ospreys coach Steve Tandy admitted his team’s “brutal” defeat to Glasgow is already putting pressure on them to stay with the Guinness Pro14 Conference leaders.
The high-flying Scots handed out a 31-10 drubbing at Scotstoun and Tandy admitted pace-setters Glasgow and Munster are already opening up a gap on the Ospreys who have taken four points from two games.
“This is a brutal place to come,” said Tandy. “If you slip off by any margin they’ll make you pay.
“We’ve given them two interceptions and another cheap three so that’s 17 points we’ve given away. We felt we defended pretty well for large parts but we weren’t clinical enough ourselves.
“We played some good football but the scoreline didn’t reflect that in the end and, on the whole, that was down to our mistakes.”
The four tries to one defeat has left the Ospreys six points behind Munster and five behind Glasgow, who have both begun the season with two victories.
Next up for Tandy’s side is a visit from the Irish province and he conceded: “I know people get tired of hearing it being said but it is the truth, we need to perform, we need to get another win.
“We don’t want to start falling behind, we want to keep the pressure on the teams in our conference. For large parts today we thought we could get something.
“Munster is always a huge game and our focus is already on that one and hopefully getting the victory we need next Saturday in front of our own fans.”
Glasgow’s fast-paced tempo gave them the first try with Alex Dunbar the scorer and Finn Russell converting and Russell soon added a penalty.
The Ospreys were rightly level at 10-10 thanks to a well-constructed try for Dan Evans, converted by Sam Davies who also booted a penalty.
But Glasgow dominated the second half, scoring tries through Leonardo Sarto, Adam Ashe and Dunbar to gather a bonus point, with all converted by Russell.
After 72 minutes there was a long stoppage before Ospreys flanker Olly Cracknell was taken off on a stretcher, having been injured in a tackle on Glasgow’s Nick Grigg.
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