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Ospreys will bounce back - Jones

06th May 2014 09:13


SKY_MOBILE Alun-Wyn Jones - Ospreys Heineken Cup

Still positive: Alun Wyn Jones

Ospreys skipper Alun Wyn Jones believes the future of the region is still bright despite missing out on a spot in the play-offs.

Last Thursday's loss to Zebre in Parma and Ulster's losing bonus point, in their loss to Leinster at Ravenhill, dashed the Ospreys' semi-final hopes.

Despite the disappointment of his side's shock loss to Zebre, the Wales lock was not making any excuses for his side.

"It goes without saying that we are bitterly disappointed" he said.

"We aren't going to look to make excuses, because we don't do that at the Ospreys.

"The first 20 minutes were particularly disappointing, in many ways it was the polar opposite to the Dragons and how we started the game, but it was equally frustrating.

"I think the scoreline at half-time was a pretty fair reflection of how it had gone up to that point.

"We got an early score at the start of the second half which put us back in contention.

"We got in front, but we were unable to stay there long enough. We didn't manage the game as well as we should have.

"The ambition that we had to show in pursuit of a fourth try shouldn't have superseded the importance for a win first and foremost.

"Momentum was building and we were spending a lot of time in their territory, but we didn't keep the ball for long enough, for various reasons, and that allowed Zebre to get out of danger time after time.

"Pressure didn't really come on us, we put ourselves under pressure, then error compounds error, and we find we are defending back deep inside our half from our own attack.

"Some of the mistakes are similar ones that we aren't learning from previous games. This is as disappointing, if not more, than the Glasgow loss.

"If we take our errors out of those games we'd be in a far stronger position and not relying on other teams, but that is the reality of where we are today."

Jones is among 11 Ospreys who have committed their futures to the region, by signing new contracts, and believes they made the right decision to stay put.

Despite missing out on the play-offs, and the off-field political wrangles which overshadowed most of the season, Jones is confident the region will bounce back.

I made my personal belief and my intention clear by re-signing for the Ospreys" explained Jones.

"As a fan first and foremost I want to see the region succeed. As a player, it was a very important decision, and when you are making career decisions, from a personal point of view, you have to look into the situation a lot deeper than maybe people on the outside are able to.

"I had to look at what is being done at the region, to see the people who are coming through, the likes of Nicky Smith, Dan Baker, who people know, and plenty that you may not, they haven't got a lot of experience but they've got a lot of talent.

"There is a lot of hard work being done to build stable foundations for this organisation on and off the field, to allow it flourish in the coming seasons.

"I believe in what we are doing here, for the long term good of the Ospreys. That is why I stayed here, and I want to help the region achieve its aims."

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