Ospreys happy to win ugly

Date published: November 29 2015

It wasn't a game for the ages but the Ospreys had no problem with battling to a 13-6 win over Welsh rivals Cardiff Blues in the PRO12 on Saturday.

A try from Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones proved to be the difference as the Ospreys coped with the early loss of Dan Biggar to injury, with youngster Sam Davies stepping up to land two penalties and a conversion.

The 2012 champions are still a long way from the play-off spots – 11 points behind the fourth-placed Scarlets – but will view Saturday's tough victory as a step forward.

"We are pleased to get the win, after the week we are coming on the back of," said backs coach Gruff Rees to the PRO12 website.

"The four points is just huge in terms of getting through these fixtures and manage the group from week to week.

"The performance was scratchy at times, we had to adapt in the game to some pretty smart Blues defence, they were good around the contact area but filled the field as well so we were a bit misplaced at times.

"We had to smarten up and cut our cloth accordingly. It was about building the pressure, not getting het up about the scoreboard.

"It was not our intention to play that sort of game we wanted to open up early but they caused us umpteen issues.

"We were not as free-flowing for that, but we had to adapt and ultimately put in a performance to get the four points – especially from 6-0 down."