Ospreys coach Steve Tandy: Discipline key against Connacht
STEVE Tandy has identified discipline as being the key to the Ospreys maintaining their unbeaten start to the Pro12 season when they visit Galway to take on Connacht tomorrow (5).
The former champions were on the wrong end of 17 penalties in the opening game of the season, against Treviso in Italy. But they have conceded just 16 over two games since and Tandy wants his players to be on their best behaviour again in a fixture in which they have encountered problems in the past.
"We will need to be disciplined out there," he said.
"It is important that we keep the penalty count down because Connacht are difficult enough to beat without handing them opportunities for points.
"We know how tough it is to play them on their own ground.
"Not only do they have some decent guys behind, but they also have a physical pack and their scrum is developing. It is going to be a physical challenge and we have prepared accordingly. We want to focus on our own game and get that right."
The Ospreys have scored more tries this season than any side in the league bar Munster and they banked a bonus-point win last weekend to hoist them to second in the table.
However, a fortnight out from the start of the Heineken Cup, they still believe there is scope for significant improvement.
"We are far from the finished article," said Tandy.
"We've seen a lot of positives this season, but there's still a hell of a lot of work for us to do and while there was improvement against Edinburgh there are areas to tighten up.
"In the wider channels we are being turned over too easily, which is something we need to address.
"We are still getting the boys to gel after the summer. It was Alun Wyn Jones's first start last week and it will be Justin Tipuric's this week."
The Ospreys have lost four times in ten visits to Galway, including last term's 22-10 setback.