Champions Cup: Ospreys skipper Justin Tipuric hails ‘special’ Montpellier win

Ospreys captain Justin Tipuric labelled his side’s win over Montpellier in the Champions Cup in France as “special”.

Tipuric’s team claimed a surprise 21-10 victory against the French champions, putting Ospreys back in the race for the knockout stages.

Much needed win

The triumph is the Welsh outfit’s first after a string of 11 successive defeats and a draw in the toughest club competition in the world.

The flank admitted it was good for his side to break their poor run of form in the competition and is eyeing consistency going forward.

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“That result has to be up there among our best in Europe given we went into the game having not won for such a long time,” said Tipuric.

“To win is great, but the biggest thing for us now is to carry on winning. We need to become more consistent.

“That’s the standard we want to be playing at week in, week out. We know we can go up another few gears and we want to push on to be better.

“It’s special to put one over on the French champions. You could see they were hurting at the end and they will come to us in the new year really fired up.”

Took lessons from Leicester defeat

Head coach Toby Booth echoed his captain’s sentiments about the victory and said the win shows his team can learn quickly as they did from their loss to Leicester Tigers the week before.

“Everyone was bitterly disappointed after last week’s performance. We took it personally and we talked a lot about it,” said Booth.

“We got the chance to go again and the sign of a good team is that you learn quickly. We learned a lot of lessons out of the Leicester defeat and we proved that tonight.

“But the best part of it was that after the elation on the final whistle, the players were genuinely disappointed that they hadn’t taken more out of the game. It’s nice to have some positivity and to have turned a corner.”

Ospreys shift their focus back to the United Rugby Championship, where they face Welsh rivals, the Scarlets. Booth’s men will be looking to start to climb the table as they currently sit way down in the 14th spot.

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