Possibly if all of us return 100 years from now the Ospreys will nonetheless be discovering the going robust in Europe.
They’ve by no means actually obtained to grips with its challenges, not even once they had their celebrity squad of greater than a decade in the past.
However they’d been anticipated to progress right here.
They fielded a strong facet towards European Problem Cup opponents who arrived occupying a modest tenth place within the Gallagher Premiership.
However the script went badly mistaken for the Welsh group as Dean Richards’ males eased to victory.
They hit again after trailing 14-0 early on after dwelling tries by way of Keiran Williams and Dan Evans.
Trevor Davison and Sean Robinson piled over for touchdowns and there was a penalty strive with the Ospreys down in numbers after yellow playing cards for Justin Tipuric and Adam Beard.
Phillip van der Walt additionally crossed for the English membership, whereas Tom Botha went over for the Ospreys.
Nevertheless it was Newcastle who prevailed.
In Michael Younger and Brett Connon that they had half-backs who ran the present, whereas hooker George McGuigan stood out up entrance.
For the hosts, Justin Tipuric and Morgan Morris had been the choose, however the Ospreys lacked management in key areas, with Younger and Connon handing out a lesson in game-management.
The primary half was in every single place as the edges rotated stage at 14-14.
Ospreys began as if on a mission to reprise the Barbarians’ grand Easter Saturday traditions, throwing the ball round with backs and forwards interpassing and the opposition defence not fairly figuring out what day it was.
The primary strive got here on 9 minutes after a surging run down the left from Williams. The ball was swung proper, then again the opposite means with Owen Watkin, Ma’afu Fia, Alun Wyn Jones and Justin Tipuric that includes. Fia’s comfortable fingers, specifically, had been simply elegant. The person’s a prop for heaven’s sake.
With Newcastle stretched to breaking level, all that remained was for Luke Value to place Williams over.
4 minutes later, the Ospreys had been at it once more as Keelan Giles sped clear, once more down the left, earlier than placing in a kick excessive which Watkin gathered forward of sending Evans throughout.
It couldn’t final.
Because the half wore on, the Ospreys grew to become more and more wasteful, with line-outs being misplaced and the ball hitting the deck too usually in assault.
Their scrum additionally started to hit issues as Newcastle sensed vulnerability.
When Tipuric was yellow carded for a no-arms sort out, the guests pounced for a ahead rating by way of Davison. Then, with alarm bells ringing within the dwelling defence, Newcastle had been awarded a penalty strive after Beard was adjudged to have dropped a maul.
It regarded a harsh name, and Beard regarded disgusted.
If French referee Ludovic Cayre is the recipient of an Easter card from the large lock it is going to be a shock.
Such is life.
The Ospreys wanted to get again to full numbers and rediscover themselves.
However Newcastle weren’t completed in making the Welsh group pay for his or her indiscipline, with lock Robinson crossing after a flowing transfer down the best.
That made it 21-14 to the English membership, all of the English factors arriving in the course of the yellow playing cards.
Tipuric thought he had scored a strive, courtesy of a scything break from Morris, just for the officers to identify a ahead cross from Value.
Van der Walt and Botha exchanged scores, organising a probably thrilling end, however, as such issues go, this one did not actually ship, with Newcastle displaying high quality game-management to see the sport out.
The Ospreys couldn’t get their fingers on the ball.
Finally, a shaky line-out, indiscipline, unnecessary errors and failure to maintain their boot on opposition throats value them.
They nonetheless have classes to study in Europe.
Tries: Okay. Williams, D. Evans, T. Botha.
Cons: L. Value (3).
Pen: L. Value.
Tries: T. Davison, pen strive, S. Robinson, P. Van der Walt.
Cons: B. Connon (3).