Jones praises spirited Ospreys

Date published: December 15 2014

Ospreys captain Alun-Wyn Jones said he was proud of his team-mates as they claimed three points in their double-header with Racing Metro.

The Welsh international believes they might have won Saturday’s away game while the draw on home soil last week was also a tight affair.

And he’s backing the youngsters to learn a great deal from the fixtures against the big-spending French side, which will serve them well.

“The immediate summation would be that we were probably a bit naive with some of the line breaks we had,” he told the Ospreys website.

“We did have opportunities in the first-half but we didn’t take them.

“We got to 60 minutes and it was pretty similar to last week and we were in the ascendancy. It’s just disappointing that we felt we deserved more, but you’ve got to convert when you get those opportunities and line breaks.

“I am proud of that effort to be honest with you. I was last week as well, off the back of that to come out here and perform like we have I do feel we deserve more. People will say you’ve got to capitalise on the territory and possession you have and we probably didn’t do that.

“We’ve come out here with a side that’s been written off again, and I don’t want to say that as it’s not fuel for us, but we’ve got guys going out there taking pride, playing for the full 80 and that’s all you can ask for.”

He added: “We’re developing strength in depth. We wouldn’t have competed today if we didn’t have that and I think it’s irrelevant who we haven’t got due to injury. The guys are still putting their hands up, they’re a credit to themselves and a credit to the Ospreys.

“Northampton have to come to us and then we go to Treviso so we’ve got to keep going and see what happens. I think, personally, the frustrating thing for me is we are learning, we are growing, but at some point the learning has got to stop. We’ve got to convert that into results.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time now, I might not get silverware out of it, that’s yet to be seen, but I’m really proud of what we are doing here and what we are creating.”