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Lions will take back seat until silverware battle finishes: Biggar


By Robert Jones

The same look of dejection that was etched across Dan Biggar's face as he trudged off injured after 47 minutes of the Ospreys' defeat to Scarlets two weeks ago is likely to be seen again by at least one Lions tourist before they board the plane to New Zealand.

The attritional nature of the conclusions of both the Guinness PRO12 and the Premiership means that Warren Gatland will be breathing a huge sigh of relief if, by some minor miracle, all 37 players in his squad arrive in New Zealand unscathed.

Thankfully, in Biggar's case, his ankle injury isn't as bad as first feared and he is likely to recover in time to play Munster in Saturday's PRO12 semi-final.

While the Munster clash is of course hugely important, you can be sure that Biggar wondered if his Lions chances were scuppered as he was forced off, just weeks before the squad are due to depart.

It has taken a lot of hard work for Biggar to put himself in contention for the Lions and now that he has made the cut, he understandably wants to make sure that he fulfils a lifelong dream.

"Naturally you don't want to get injured but also, if you go into any game with that type of attitude, you're going to be more at risk if you didn't just roll your sleeves up and get on with it," the Wales out-half insists.

"It's a huge occasion for the Ospreys as a club and whatever is ahead in the next couple of weeks, you can't really control. I'm sure the four (Ospreys Lions) of us involved on Saturday will be looking to just concentrate on that first and then assess where we are afterwards.

"Obviously it's a pretty exciting time. I'm looking forward to the summer but hopefully we can go on that tour with the PRO12 trophy and winner's medal in the back pocket. That would set us up even better for going on tour."

The same kind of thoughts will be shared by Biggar's fellow Ospreys Lions tourists Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric and Rhys Webb but, of course, Peter O'Mahony, CJ Stander and Conor Murray are no different in that regard.

The seven Lions who will be on show at Thomond Park this weekend all have something of a point to prove to Gatland. At the breakdown, Tipuric will be looking to get one over on O'Mahony and Stander, while the half-back battle will be crucial.

Ospreys' influential skipper Wyn Jones is set to return from a shoulder injury and although no away team has ever won a PRO12 semi-final, confidence is high amongst the squad, according to Biggar.

"The mood in the camp is pretty good," he says.

"We know we're going in as underdogs but we're quietly confident that we can produce a performance and get a positive result. They have been excellent," he adds.

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