We went to watch the Ospreys play Stade Francaise today. By half-time we'd seen more mistakes from the Ospreys then you'd see in an under-10 team game and the French side was leading 16-6; we were wondering if it was worth freezing for the second half.
But it was the old story: I don't know what was said to them at half-time but,in the second half, the Ospreys remembered they were there to play rugby.
The score stood at 19-19 when we had a penalty. The stadium of 13,542 (total 13,550 but that included 8 French supporters ) people went awesomely quiet as James Hook stepped up to take it. As one we held our breath then let it out in excited cheers as the ball sailed over. With five minutes to go the Ospreys were in the lead for the first time in the match.
We were counting down the seconds when Stade Francaise got a penalty inside their own half. Up came the kicker and indicated he was going for goal. Some people settled back comfortable in the certainty that he wasn't going to get this. He did and the game ended up a draw.
It was a crucial game in the Heineken Cup. The Ospreys aren't out now but they've made it very hard for themselves.
Spot the player sent off for crimes against fashion.