Heineken Cup: Ospreys prove there is 'light at end of tunnel' for Welsh rugby

Last Updated: 15/12/12 7:11pm

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Action from the Ospreys' superb 17-6 win over Toulouse

Action from the Ospreys' superb 17-6 win over Toulouse

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Ospreys backs coach Gruff Rees says the Ospreys' stunning Heineken Cup win over Toulouse offers a "light at the end of the tunnel" to Welsh rugby.

Before the win the Ospreys, Cardiff Blues and Scarlets had chalked up just one victory in the Heineken Cup this season and with Wales losing their last seven internationals, the principality was badly in need of a morale-boost.

And how they provided it, beating the French giants 17-6 with a magnificent effort, with young wing Eli Walker named man-of-the-match after a performance that will have had Wales coach Warren Gatland purring.

The victory also blows the pool wide open, with Leicester, Toulouse and the Ospreys all still hoping to reach the last eight.

Rees said: "We said we would play to the last in this group regardless of the results. We knew three wins from our last three games might give us a quarter-final place in this competition or the Amlin Challenge Cup.

"Leicester have snuck a result in Treviso which does not help us, but it puts something on the game at home to them next month.

"We also denied Toulouse a losing bonus point. We felt if they got that today then in the next game they could get to 19 points, which we would have found difficult to surpass, but there is still a bit to play for there.

"We will just continue to plough on in terms of what we want to achieve.

"We think we offer a light at the end of the tunnel. People are quick to beat up Welsh rugby but we are confident in the future direction of the team.

"We said after losing in Toulouse last week that we are trying to develop 20-25 players who can compete and achieve in the Ospreys shirt, and this result today shows we can do that and maybe more."

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