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Dan Biggar warns emphatic Ospreys after Scarlets rout

Dan Biggar and Tommy Bowe celebrate the Ospreys win over the Scarlets
Dan Biggar and Tommy Bowe celebrate the Ospreys win over the Scarlets

Dan Biggar has brought his Ospreys team back down to earth insisting they must improve despite their Magners League derby demolition of the Scarlets.

The Ospreys fly-half scored 26 points in a man-of-the-match display as the Ospreys moved into second in the table with a 60-17 hammering of their rivals.

But Biggar insisted: "It wasn't the perfect performance by any stretch.

"While we will be delighted to have won in the manner we did...we have to raise our games quite a few notches still."

The Ospreys extended their winning run against their closest rivals to six games in emphatic fashion in Monday's Liberty Stadium sell-out.

And the Ospreys seven tries to two rout was their biggest triumph for more than two years.

But Biggar, who scored one try and kicked 21 points, insisted the reigning Magners League champions must raise their game in a potentially crucial January before the start of the Six Nations.

Scott Johnson's all-stars visit Welsh rivals Cardiff Blues on New Year's Eve before travelling to Irish giants Leinster on 7 January, the side they shocked in last year's Magners League Grand Final.

The Ospreys then play have their vital final two Heineken Cup Pool Three matched against London Irish and Toulon as the Welsh region's knock-out qualification hopes still hang in the balance.

But the Ospreys - bidding to be the first team to successfully defend the Magners League crown - are certainly hitting form as they have won six of their last seven games going into an important four weeks that could shape their season.

"I'm sure the coaches will have pinpointed a few areas for improvement," said Biggar after their thrashing of the Scarlets.

"And no doubt they will have us working hard to put those right.

"It's a fantastic position to be in, scoring seven tries and 60 points but knowing that there is still plenty of work to be done on our game.

Tommy Bowe celebrates his try
Tommy Bowe celebrates scoring one of seven Ospreys tries against Scarlets

"The Scarlets have been flying high, so it's pretty special to get a result like this, it'll live in the memory.

"It's a quick turnaround though, we'll have to get ourselves together pretty quickly ready for the Blues on Friday.

"We are building up a bit of momentum after the wins against Munster and the Scarlets, we've had big crowds and we need to keep that going into a huge month in January."

The Ospreys eased into second at the halfway stage of the season but head coach Sean Holley insists ii is important to continue their momentum.

"We won't get carried away," said Holley.

"We are just four days off from another massive derby match and then looking ahead to Leinster, London Irish and Toulon, so we've got to use this momentum to our own advantage.

"But we have to keep our feet on the ground because there were areas of the game where it didn't quite happen and on another day we might have paid a bigger price. There's a lot to work on still.

"I don't like singling people out, there were good performances across the park. Our lineout didn't function very well today and that's an area to look at over the next few days clearly, but we have to be pretty pleased with how things went.

"We're up into second place now at the halfway point of the season, which is pleasing. We took a hit at the start of the season not playing some of the internationals because of training reasons and we took a hit losing to the Dragons at home.

"We needed to pinch that back winning at Parc Y Scarlets, and winning at Connacht was a big moment in the season for us, and now it's about keeping things ticking over.

"The test for us now is to get something out of the next two away games, the Blues and Leinster, and then back it up in the Six Nations when the onus will be back on the squad strength in depth."



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