Ospreys coach Steve Tandy: We need to keep it going
STEVE Tandy has told the Ospreys they must keep the accelerator pedal pressed hard to the floor as they head into one of the most testing phases of their season.
The Welsh region moved level on points in the Pro12 with leaders Glasgow after extending their unbeaten record to four games with Saturday's 43-26 win over Connacht.
But their campaign is set to move up a gear over the next three weeks, with Ulster to be faced in the league on Friday night ahead of back-to-back Heineken Cup games with Leinster and Northampton.
Tandy is delighted with his team's start, but the Ospreys head coach is also determined to make sure no-one in the region's camp gets carried away.
"The message in the changing room was that the boys can't think they are the finished article because that's definitely not the case — far from it," said the former Neath flanker after his side's success at The Sportsground.
"If we can keep developing as we have done and improve our discipline and defence then we'll have a chance.
"But we have a lot of work to do."
It was the first time since February 2011 for the Ospreys to complete back-to-back bonus-points wins in the Pro12.
There was also a significant career milestone for Dan Biggar, who became only the second player and first Welshman to reach 1,000 points in the Pro12.
In the debit column, the Ospreys missed a number of tackles in Galway, had occasional problems at the line-out and found it hard to stay on the right side of Scottish referee Andrew McMenemy.
Tandy said: "It's a big achievement to run in six tries in a game whoever you are playing, so obviously I'm very pleased at what we did in Connacht.
"Our attacking game over the last couple of weeks has been very good. We're heading in the right direction in that aspect of the game and it's pleasing as a coach to see the team making strides in that area.
"We've recruited well over the summer and there's competition throughout the squad now and I think we are seeing the benefits at the moment in our attacking game.
"But other areas of our game are letting us down.
"There is lots of work to be done on our discipline and our defence. It's not quite clicking and I think at times against Connacht we were a bit vulnerable. When you fall short in those areas you allow teams to stay in the game longer then they deserve and I think that was the case out there.
"But, still, scoring six tries away from home is an excellent achievement."