'Scarlets will be out to pile it on'
STEVE Tandy accepts there will be no tea and sympathy from the Scarlets when the Ospreys face the Pro12 leaders in Llanelli on Friday evening.
The two sides could hardly be heading into the game with more contrasting fortunes — the hosts having won every game this term and the Ospreys having lost the lot.
And Tandy believes the Scarlets will be determined to pile on the misery for his players. "If I was in their shoes, I would want to do that," he said.
"I'm sure they can't wait. They are going to be really keen.
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"But I know it's something our guys are going to thrive on.
"We've got the perfect game on Friday to put things right. There's nothing more inspiring than going down to the Scarlets for a game. As coaches and players, those are the games we want to be involved in.
"Hopefully we can do ourselves justice."
If the Ospreys are to offer a challenge, they will need to play a lot better than they managed in the 28-10 home defeat against Glasgow last Friday.
Not only did their scrum creak against the Scots, but their line-out regularly hit trouble and their back play was shoddy.
Champions just four months ago, they suffered the indignity of being booed off the pitch by their own fans and will face the Scarlets as a team under pressure.
"It was obviously a really disappointing night for us," said Tandy.
"We turned the ball over too cheaply, the set-piece didn't function and we conceded real cheap tries.
"With the basic errors we are making, we are not going to win games like that.
"We got exactly what we deserved out of the game, which was nothing.
"It's the most disappointed I've been since taking charge and I know the guys are really disappointed.
"It's great that we've got over 9,000 season-ticket holders, that's fantastic for us. But the product we put on wasn't the show they deserve.
"It just wasn't good enough and that's not acceptable.
"The accuracy and what we delivered on the field was far away from what the supporters deserved."
Tandy acknowledged the scale of the challenge facing his side ahead of the trip to Llanelli.
"We are going to have to put a hell of a lot right to get the performance we need to win down there," he added.
"There are areas of our game we need to improve quite quickly.
"It's something we will be fighting our damnedest to put right for Friday.
"I know what this group is like. They don't like tasting defeat.
"It's something as Ospreys we are not used to and don't like and it's something we will be striving to put right.
"We need to start putting in the performances and winning games."