We made crucial errors – Gibbes

Date published: January 5 2015

Ospreys forwards coach Chris Gibbes believes his side lacked intensity in their 22-10 loss to the Scarlets in Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 derby.

The Parc y Scarlets clash saw the visitors struggle as they joined three of their closest league rivals in falling to a defeat over the weekend.

And while Gibbes found time to praise the Scarlets, he could not hide his disappointment with his own charges’ performance in the fixture.

“I think first and foremost you’ve got to give credit to the Scarlets,” he told pro12rugby.com.

“I think they were pretty good in most aspects of the game. They put a lot of pressure on us and forced us into errors we don’t normally make.

“Secondly, we probably didn’t turn up with enough intensity, even though we did talk about it. We knew what was expected of us but we didn’t turn up with enough.”

He added: “We made crucial errors. You look at the set piece, some of the stuff, the scrum stuff and the line-outs that we needed to win, and we didn’t. That’s probably the tale of the game really.”

“It’s disappointing, and fair play to them again, they’ve gone and done their homework and I thought their set piece was a lot better, particularly the lineout, this week.

“That allowed them to get a platform into the game. We didn’t get our set piece, our scrum right, and we’ve got to make sure we get that bit right.

“We knew that coming down here is tough, it’s a hell of a tough place to play.

“We knew all that was in front of us, we knew what we needed to do what works for us and, when we play well, what we are doing, and we just didn’t do that tonight. Fair play to them, they’ve turned up and done it.”