Richard Hibbard: I wanted a hat-trick for the Ospreys
RICHARD Hibbard rued being taken off early against Edinburgh and so being denied an opportunity to join the elite band of players who have scored a try hat-trick for the Ospreys.
Tommy Bowe, Nikki Walker, Shane Williams, Gavin Henson and Jonny Vaughton are the only players to have notched up three touchdowns in a match for the Welsh region.
Hibbard was on course to join them, having registered a try double with just 53 minutes on the clock in Saturday's 44-10 home win at the Liberty.
But four minutes later he was subbed and the chance was lost.
The Lion had the consolation of being named man of the match but he knew an opportunity to make history, as the first Ospreys forward to score three tries in a game, had gone begging.
"I'm gutted they took me off, because I was on for a hat-trick," he said. "Still, the main thing was the team won.
"It's been a perfect start for us and to get two tries myself is happy days.
"Overall, I'm very happy."
The match was feisty throughout and Hibbard needed running repairs on two occasions as he hurled himself into the rough-and-tumble exchanges.
He suffered one bump while scoring his second try, with an Edinburgh defender making sure the score came with a measure of pain.
"He caught me a cracker in the mouth and I saw a few stars but it was worth a try," said Hibbard.
"As I was scoring he caught me in the face and I bit my tongue as well so I was sucking blood for half an hour."
The Ospreys' Lions all made marks after returning to the side, while Hibbard was impressed with the team display.
"The performance says it all," said the former Swansea man.
"All the Lions boys were raring to go out and play. The Lions was such a high that you still want to stay up there.
"You don't want to drop off, whether you're playing in the Rabo, the Heineken or internationals.
"We're pleased with the start we made. We knew we had to pick up some points in the first two away games and now we have bagged a bonus point at home. We've learned from last season, when we lost the opening three games on the bounce."