Jones keeping his cool

Date published: November 18 2015

Osprey's Alun Wyn Jones has revealed that he and his charges are not reading too much into their successful start to their Champions Cup season.

The Welsh-based club battled past Exeter 25-13 on a wet and windy Sunday night at Liberty Stadium. Fly-half Dan Bigger was in fine form, keeping the defence guessing with his chip kicks.

However, with a tough trip to Clermont Auvergne up ahead this weekend, Jones is keeping his eye on the prize.

"We aren't getting ahead of ourselves at all," the Osprey's captain told The South Wales Evening Post.

"We know what's in store for us at the weekend. We have a few guys in the squad who have been out there, so we aren't going into the unknown.

"We're aware of how intense the atmosphere will be and the quality of the rugby they play.

"That's what European rugby is all about, these experiences. We've done the first essential and won our home game. If you can sneak something when you're away then you're in a good place, and that's what we'll try to do.

"It'll be tough, but we have to relish these challenges."

Meanwhile, coach Steve Tandy was impressed with his men's patience as they fought back in the second stanza of the match.

"We came in 10-6 down, having conceded a disappointing try, but there was maturity in the dressing room and the talk was clear about what we needed to do," he said.

“There were only two turnovers in the second half and we really squeezed Exeter. Dan Biggar kicked his goals, Josh Matavesi took his interception try and to beat Exeter 4-0 on match points was really pleasing."