Ospreys director of rugby Toby Booth claimed his team gave Racing 92 a “fright” in the early stages before the French outfit ran away to eventually win 25-10 in their Champions Cup clash.
Booth’s Ospreys have failed to pick up a single point from three group matches and will face Sale Sharks away in the final round.
The Welsh region were out of the blocks quickly to lead 10-3 after a Keiran Williams try and Gareth Anscombe conversion and penalty, but Juan Imhoff, Virimi Vakatawa and Teddy Thomas scores changed the complexion of the game.
Booth said: “I thought we gave them a real fright. We talked about doing stuff that we’d be proud of and we focused on that as a team.
“But against the very best, if you don’t finish what you create then the best are going to keep coming at you.
“Then we couldn’t get out of our half, there was a lit bit of line-out pressure and it fell at a critical time. They capitalised on that and that is what good sides do and that is a side we are trying to be.
“There were a lot of encouraging signs from the first half but afterwards they started to win a few more collisions.
“You can only maintain stuff for so long but we created enough turnover ball. But if you then kick up the pitch and don’t secure the line-out, you can’t build pressure in their half.”
Racing’s win guarantees them a quarter-final spot but the three-time losing finalists will have to improve their performance if they are going to lift the trophy.
Their Scotland and British and Irish Lions fly-half Finn Russell said: “It was far from our best performance. It was frustrating as there were occasions that we were in their 22 but didn’t come away with points. There were a lot of errors and poor discipline.
“We are through to the next round but we weren’t happy with our effort. Credit to Ospreys, they won a lot of collisions up front in the first 60 minutes, but in the end it showed the power that we had coming off the bench.”
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