Williams bows out on a high
Winger Shane Williams was delighted to retire on a high after helping Ospreys to a 31-30 victory over Leinster to clinch the title.
Last Updated: 28/05/12 7:56am
Winger Shane Williams was delighted to retire on a high after helping Ospreys to a 31-30 victory over Leinster to clinch the RaboDirect PRO12 title.
The 35-year-old bagged two tries to secure their second title in the last three years, clinching a record fourth league success.
Williams is very proud of his association with the Ospreys, insisting he will never forget the success over Leinster.
"I enjoy success of course like anybody else. The one you remember is the latest one and this for me is a great way for me to finish," commented Williams.
"I am very proud of the fact that I am associated with the Ospreys. We have worked very hard this season, we have had our ups and downs and there has been a lot of change in the ranks, with a lot of players leaving the region.
"For us to stick at it the way we have this season it's a compliment to the guys. I will never forget this day."
It was young out-half Dan Biggar who took on the mantle of match winner as having already kicked 14 points, he coolly converted Williams' 78th-minute try to edge the Ospreys home.
Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy praised his players' character and fighting spirit to hold out until the final whistle despite Leinster threatening to hit back in injury-time.
"I think it is testament to the team - the whole group and backroom staff and everyone involved in the organisation, but especially the team," he said.
"The team have been fantastic since I have taken over and in fairness the boys were relentless.
"We probably thought we were out of the game today, but the guys dug deep. Some things were a bit frantic out there, but we stuck with what we were trying to achieve.
"I think it is great for the Ospreys and what a great way to finish the season."
Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt was understandably disappointed by the manner of the defeat which comes just eight days after they retained the Heineken Cup.
"I am pretty gutted obviously. We knew that it was going to be tough and we had to be in front in the back half of the game," said Schmidt.
"There was going to be a little bit of fatigue, and I think you get more fatigue when you are down to 14 men twice in the half.
"That means you have to overwork a little bit. We fell off a couple of tight tackles and maybe just didn't have things bounce our way.
"I thought it was a superb kick by Dan Biggar from the edge and it was pretty much the same thing he did to us last time to get a one-point win (here back in March)."