The most dominant side so far this season in the Guinness Pro 12 competition in which the Welsh regions play has been the Ospreys, who have won all 6 of their games, including matches against some of the better teams in the league such as Munster and Edinburgh. Throughout the history of Welsh regional rugby, The Ospreys have consistently been the best performing region of the four, and although they lost several key players over the summer, they have started this season in enviable form.
Yesterday the Ospreys played their first match in the new European competition, the so-called “European Rugby Champions Cup”, which is the replacement to the Heineken Cup which ran for some 10 years. As fortune would have it, their opposition was one of the weakest teams in the tournament, Treviso of Italy. The Ospreys ran out comfortable winners, with a scoreline of 42 to 7. So, that makes it 7 wins out of 7 in all competitions this season.
Next weekend will, however, be a much tougher prospect. The Ospreys face Northampton in an away match which will very much test how good their form really is this season. Northampton are the defending English Premiership champions, and they sit top of this season’s table too. This match will certainly be their toughest test so far this season, so will give a good indication of just how good they are. I am looking forward to the match with bated breath.