Wales wing Shane Williams says the Ospreys are gaining the Heineken Cup experience which can help them go to Sale this weekend and claim the bonus point win they need for quarter-final qualification...
If the Ospreys are to succeed then they need Williams at his sparkling best, but he says they cannot start the game looking for a bonus point.
.. The 22-22 draw against Stade Francais last weekend leaves the Parisians clear favourites to top the group after their final game at home against Italians Calvisano.
The Ospreys could still qualify as one of the top two runners-up if they win at Sale at the weekend and a bonus point would hugely improve those chances.
"It's such a tight group, one of the toughest groups I feel in the Heineken Cup, and because Stade Francais kicked a penalty at the end we are a little bit behind and need bonus points," said Williams.
"Not many teams go to Sale and do that, it is very difficult just to go there and win, so we need a massive effort to go there, play well, win and get a bonus point but we have proved this season we are capable of doing that.
"If we can continue the momentum of the second half against Stade Francais then we are capable of it but we cannot start the game looking for that, we cannot think about the bonus point.
"Heineken Cup rugby is difficult whoever you play and Sale are one of the best sides in England.
"They are lacking players with a lot of injuries at the moment, they have been very unlucky, but it is a massive game and they are at home so it is never easy.
"We will go there wanting to win and then look for a bonus point, but it will be very difficult.
"The fact we are still in contention going into these last games shows the Ospreys are getting better with more experience season to season, whereas in the past we have struggled in this tournament now there is a bit more about us.
"Obviously we're a good side with good strength in depth but there is a bit of expereince coming through as well. We're going down 10-13 points and we're not giving up while maybe in the past that has happened.
"The belief is certainly there and we showed that in the way we came back in the second half against Stade."
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.