October 27, 2015
Notes on a rugby match, half-time motivational talks, and executing a change from a Plan A to a Plan B
The match features The Ospreys of Wales playing Connaught of Ireland. The game is as important as any league clash, but hardly one in which the result is career-changing.
Ospreys have the more glamorous internationals and reputation. Connaught have more local players, although they are catching up on the other Irish regional teams. Home advantage to Ospreys. Connaught are on a good winning streak and Ospreys are recovering from the donation of key players to Wales for the World Cup. Ospreys expect a tough match but as home team are favourites. Their home record against Connaught is very good.
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April 12, 2009
Well, it had to be an omen. The Easter Ospreys story
Seems this Easter the acts of the Ospreys were being closely followed beyond the Mumbles to the shores of Perthshire. Why? Because these Ospreys showed fifteen years of outstanding team work, travelling across the world to be together. That’s why.
These are not ordinary Ospreys, they are champions and role models. They are writing a new chapter in the book of life …The acts of the Ospreys.
Wise men travelled from the East to the tranquil shores of the Loch of the Lowes to bear witness. Guardian angels watched over them to protect them from ill-wishers who had also travelled to plunder and destroy their works.
And so it came to past at Eastertide. Nay-sayers had said the Ospreys were unable to produce. But all is possible. The dream continues. The Osprey story continues. An egg. An Easter egg. The multitudes celebrate.
The other Ospreys (the rugby species, Osprelia Magnificus) were also in search of a miracle in the quarter finals of the Heineken Cup, travelling to meet Munster at their fortress in Thomond Park. Munster could draw on 11 of this season’s Six Nations Grand Slam side. Ospreys could call on an Irish defector and seven Wales regulars. The Ospreys needed another miracle. Naysayers had written these Ospreys off, too, the Irish Independent noting
Munster will see off a below-strength Ospreys
What happened next…
No second miracle. Munster massively outplayed the Ospreys. There was no Easter joy for the Osprays from Wales.
To go more deeply
BBC Scotland tells the happy Ospreys story
BBC sport tells of Munster’s triumph and the tale of the unhappy ones.