Ospreys v Leinster: Chris Gibbes savours Dan Biggar’s showdown with Jonny Sexton

Ospreys forwards coach Chris Gibbes reckons tonight’s out-half showdown between Dan Biggar and Jonny Sexton will be one to savour.

Wales international Biggar and Ireland and Lions ace Sexton will lock horns in Swansea with the home side looking to continue a recent resurgence.

The Ospreys endured a torrid start to the season with their World Cup stars absent, but have started to click into gear since with a run of five wins moving them to within just four points of the play-off places.

If they are to continue that winning sequence against the second-placed Irishmen tonight, the battle between the two number 10s — who would be leading contenders for a Lions Test shirt if the squad to tour New Zealand were being picked now — will be pivotal to the outcome.

The visitors have yet to lose a league game in which Sexton has played this season and Gibbes, whose brother Jono was once Leinster forwards coach, is predicting a great battle between the pair.

“I know Dan will be relishing the opportunity to play against Sexton,” said Gibbes. “Both of them are very good players who are fierce competitors and it should be one heck of a contest.

“What is important for us is that we get the job done as a team, particularly up front.

“We need to try and get parity in the forwards and we have the pack to do that.

“We need to keep going forward because it will make Dan’s life a lot easier.”

But Gibbes has warned his side that their five-match winning run will come to an end unless they can start to produce their best rugby, something the Kiwi believes the Ospreys are nowhere near delivering.

“We have to be on top of our game, if we miss the little details we will get slaughtered,” he said.

“Leinster have not had success in Europe this season but that will only add an extra steel and resolve to their desire to do well in the Pro12.

“They are going to be really chasing Pro12 success and will be coming to the Liberty looking for a win.

“They are a side that can put you to the sword very quickly and if we produce the sort of lapses we have shown in our game over the last couple of weeks they will hurt us.”


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