Date Published: 02-Sep-2008
WE ARE back for another season and I think all of us can’t wait for Friday night after a really good pre-season campaign. The Ospreys are one of the strongest of the Welsh regions and will pose a serious threat but we have no reason to fear the challenge and we will be 100% ready for our first competitive home game of the season.
We are confident this season and I think that was clear to see in our victories over Harlequins and the Reds in the last few weeks. There have been a lot of changes in the offseason and I think the new players have really gelled well. As a result, we are working well together and competition for places is stronger than ever.
Of course, we had defeats to Leeds and London Welsh as well, but I think overall we targeted the other two games as the major tests in the pre season and it worked well. It’s not that we didn’t want to win all four games but overall we are happy with the progress and the performances in the key games.
It’s a new season and no World Cup to distract the attention at the outset but it makes little difference either way. Each season is different and like the fans, players get excited and anxious for it to start. I’ve been doing it for a long time now so you’ll still take it all in your stride but there is a buzz and that’s helped by our form in recent weeks.
The Ospreys will be tough, we beat them well in May but they were missing a fair few of their first team so they will be much stronger this weekend. I think collectively, as a squad, we feel we can do a lot …
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“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”
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(After extra time)
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