Ospreys skipper Ryan Jones called on his team-mates to head home with their heads held high after going down by a single 29-28 point to Biarritz in their Heineken Cup quarter final.
The French outfit were always ahead thanks to scores from Takudzwa Ngwenya and Iain Balshaw and a hat-trick of drop goals from Damien Traille.
But Jones, Lee Byrne and Nikki Walker all went over for the Welsh outfit in a pulsating European tie against the French aristocrats that went down to the final kick.
With the game divided by just a single point, Dan Biggar released a last-gasp drop goal that dropped agonisingly short, leaving Jones devastated.
“We had plenty of other opportunities to have won the game comfortably,” said Jones. “We don’t come to arenas like this and get intimidated, we come to be brave and to play.
“I’m heartbroken for my team. We possibly deserved to get more. It was two teams going at it hammer and tong.
“I’m always proud of my team and they have played with a lot of heart and courage – but sometimes you need a little bit more than that.
“There is still some rugby left this season but our Heineken Cup dream is over.”