Ospreys could use Dan Biggar at full-back again after his impressive show against Dragons
DAN Biggar could be used at full-back again after his impressive appearance there for the Ospreys against the Dragons.
The Wales fly-half filled in at No. 15 in the 40-17 win because Richard Fussell was absent through injury.
And the experiment was a significant success, with Biggar featuring on the ball a remarkable 37 times, offering support for Matthew Morgan at fly-half and proving rock solid under the high ball.
The Ospreys have no plans to make the switch permanent, but they would consider giving Biggar another run at the back if needs must.
"It's something we could explore," said backs coach Gruff Rees, "because having two tens on the pitch helps our kicking game.
"We have other options at 15 further down the line, with people like Ross Jones, Jamie Murphy and Aisea Natoga in the system. But last weekend wasn't the right time or place for them. For that game, taking into account the opposition and Matthew deserving an opportunity to freshen it up, using Dan at full-back suited us perfectly."
Biggar had played virtually all his rugby at fly-half before last Friday but adapted to the No. 15 role without any problems, imposing himself on the game and underlining his all-round quality.
He made 18 carries and sent out 16 passes, and while many of his incursions into the line were near his favoured No. 10 position, he seemed to enjoy the extra freedom at the back and showed enough about him for the Ospreys to have confidence about using him there again.
"Dan had a really good game, but I was confident he would," said Rees.
"He showed his understanding of back-field play. He took options away from the Dragons positionally, he swept up really well and was on the ball 37 times, which is an extraordinarily high number for a traditional full-back.
"But, of course, he's not a traditional full back. We were just happy with the way we kept moving forward with him carrying and people playing off him, Matthew and the centres.
"He did interchange at times, but that's not a bad thing. Sometimes you need people to step up and offer options.
"You can lose one or two backs during play because they have to hit rucks in the modern game as much as back rowers.
"A side has to regenerate, then, and as a ten Dan wanted to be on the ball as much as anyone.
"There are lessons there for outside backs who sometimes let games pass them by.
"Dan showed you can get involved in areas that suit us as a team."