We can’t get carried away – Gibbes

Date published: April 12 2015

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Ospreys forwards coach Chris Gibbes has urged his players not to get carried away after their latest PRO12 win against Treviso on Saturday.

The battle for a home semi-final continued this week as the top four sides all claimed five-point wins, in a scrap that looks set to go down to the wire.

And with Cardiff Blues next up for the Ospreys after a European break, Gibbes knows they can't take their foot off the gas on April 25 at the Millennium Stadium.

"We can't get carried away with ourselves just because of the bonus point," the forwards coach told the Ospreys' official website after their 33-13 win in Italy.

"I'm really pleased that we are coming away from here with five points. Treviso are a very dangerous side when you play them here as the Blues found out a couple of months back. They've pushed Leinster and Ulster all the way this season, so we have to be happy with the outcome.

"The way that we came together and sorted it out was crucial. We'd dug ourselves into a real hole in the second half, we weren't playing particularly well and we weren't getting enough of the ball to do anything so it was a pretty difficult situation for us. That allowed the referee to have far too much influence on the game and we didn't need to be in that position."

He added: "We can be so much better than we saw tonight, we know that we have to be better. On another night we wouldn't have got away with it. If we perform to our capability then we know we are a decent team but we were some way off our capability tonight.

"Everybody knows that we need to improve on this performance. We've got two weeks now before the Blues game so we'll need to start all over again in training this week. 

"It's important that we learn from this tonight and bank the experience. It's going to be some occasion at the Millennium Stadium in two weeks and it's vital that we back up the wins in the last three games with a quality performance to keep the momentum with us. 

"The Blues will be up for it, it's a derby match with a huge crowd, so we can't get distracted. Our focus, as always, will have to be on controlling what we can and concentrating on the little things that add up to a good performance. Get that right and the result should come."

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