Tandy proud despite penalty count

Date published: December 27 2015

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Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy enjoyed watching his side graft away for a derby win over the Scarlets on Boxing Day.

The one-point victory for the Ospreys over the PRO12 leaders was a much-needed boost given Tandy's squad are still some way off the top of the table in eighth place.

Alun Wyn Jones was among the Ospreys' try scorers, as Dan Biggar's conversion of Eli Walker's try proved to be the winning points.

"It was a good win," said Tandy.

"It was hard fought and an outstanding effort to do that on the back of Europe, I know how much the boys have put into it and, in fairness, it’s been a huge effort from us.

“There are a couple of things we would like to tidy up, but it was a test of character and I think we came through that.

“Our discipline wasn’t good enough and it’s something we have spoken about.

"We gave away something like 14 penalties and a lot of those were in the middle third. We gave the Scarlets too many entries and cheap points, where we went off our feet or hands on the floor.

“We also haven’t defended like we’d want to defend, we didn’t ask enough questions in terms of the Scarlets when they had the ball in our 22 but we’ll pick these things up with the boys on Monday.

"But, they keep recovering, keep going at it, and as a coach I’m pretty proud of my players, how they keep going about their work, how they keep battling and keep getting through things.

“The Scarlets have got a tremendous home record and I know they were putting huge importance on the game and the fact how much of a gap they could open up on us, but we’ve come down here, have done a job of work, and it’s great to take four points home.”

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