Ospreys 44 Edinburgh 10
THERE might well have been more ice in the Ospreys' dressing room than the Titanic took on board after that unscheduled stop all those years ago.
Certainly, something would have been needed to deal with all the bruises sustained by the home players at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday night.
Edinburgh wore white shirts but they didn't come in peace.
Quite the reverse. They put themselves about, not always legally, with the occasional swinging arm and high tackle blending in with an absurd over-reaction to a tip-tackle that Justin Tipuric ended up being yellow carded for.
It was all a bit unexpected and odd.
Maybe the mass dust-up that ensued after Grant Gilchrist took issue with Tipuric while the Osprey lay on the floor was some kind of bizarre tribute to Ken Norton, the heavyweight boxing great who had passed away days earlier.
There were digs and niggles, with perhaps the nastiest incident occurring at the same time as Tom Smith sustained knee damage in a tackle. As the Osprey was falling to the ground, Edinburgh hooker Aleki Lutui came rushing in and caught him with a swinging arm to the face.
Smith left the field on a stretcher with a suspected dislocation of a knee and doubtless feeling a shade dizzy as well.
Ospreys players were less than impressed with a number of incidents, with Richard Hibbard suggesting Edinburgh had gone beyond what is considered acceptable.
"I almost thought cheap shots were out of the modern game," said Hibbard. "But some of it was disappointing tonight.
"We'll have a look at the clips and see what we can do.
"I thought Tips put their player down tidily, but the flashpoint came with one of their boys running in.
"It would have been fine had that not happened — the referee would have dealt with it.
"You just don't need to run in.
"But when one sees someone else going in, it's like seagulls tagging chips.
"Once one is in, others follow. It was all-in.
"There were a fair few swinging arms and short arms throughout the game."
As it happened, the Ospreys dished out hurt themselves at the Liberty, albeit legally.
They finished with six tries, including two apiece from Hibbard and Eli Walker and a scintillating solo score from Matthew Morgan, as their dominance told.
It wasn't a complete performance, as they admitted themselves.
They turned over possession too easily and at certain points were imprecise in their execution.
But there was also a lot that was good about a display that hoisted Steve Tandy's side up to second in the Pro12 table.
On the night, they wielded a bludgeon and a rapier, breaking Edinburgh at forward and also cutting them behind through the pace of Walker and later Morgan.
The returning Lions all showed up well — Alun Wyn Jones providing a towering lead in front of Warren Gatland, Ian Evans soaring impressively at the line-outs, Adam Jones anchoring the scrum and setting up a try from a maul, Tipuric achieving a trademark turnover and, last but not least, the irrepressible Hibbard proving unstoppable from short range as he crowned an all-action display with his tries.
Edinburgh were poor and didn't really have a response.
At one stage, it is true, they threatened a comeback at 23-10 down, only to concede 14 points when the Ospreys had Tipuric in the bin.
They were predictable behind, not great up front and their sorry capitulation only underlined the size of the task facing new coach Alan Solomons.
The South African's first task will be to harness his players' aggression.
There is nothing wrong with playing on the edge, but Lutui stepped over the line on more than one occasion and the Georgian blindside flanker, Dimitri Basilaia, looked as if he could benefit from discovering some inner peace sooner rather than later.
The big dust-up actually galvanised the Ospreys.
They first showed they weren't going to be pushed around, with Alun Wyn Jones and Tito Tebaldi combining to march Greig Tonks off the premises, or off the pitch at least, during the row, while Ian Evans, Hibbard and sundry other home players did their bit of peace-making with attitude — evidently unimpressing Basilaia, who threw a series of wild punches.
Then the ex-champions motored clear with Hibbard scoring his second try after a driving maul controlled by Adam Jones, before Eli Walker took off like a rocket to gather Richard Fussell's smartly judged kick ahead.
Throughout, there was another unrelenting display of tackling from Sam Lewis. Defence underpins everything the Ospreys do and in Lewis they have a player who keeps scything attackers down, no matter what their size or how quickly they are travelling.
What would have pleased the Ospreys coaches almost as much as the tries was the attitude their side showed after a raft of changes disrupted momentum in the final quarter.
Tom Grabham hauling down a would-be counter-attacker after racing 50 metres in pursuit of a kick, Andrew Bishop driving a ball-carrier into touch with minutes left and his side ahead by 27 points — such images would have cheered Tandy no end on Saturday evening.
No doubt he would also have enjoyed Morgan's brilliance to round off proceedings, with the diminutive fly-half collecting the ball some 80 metres out, stepping past one defender and hurtling upfield for the score of the season so far.
That is how to dole out pain.
Hibbard might have rued being taken off with a hat-trick a distinct possibility had he stayed on, but his was still a triumphant night.
And the Ospreys are looking good, extending their unbeaten record at the Liberty to beyond a year and confirming that they mean business in the league this term.
If nothing else they have shown future opponents that they can cope if the going gets tough.
More than a few cheap shots will be needed to stop them.