Ospreys focused on Italian job

Wed, 02 Jan 2013 10:34
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Jonathan Humphreys has warned his Ospreys players they need to stay focused on the Pro12 game against Zebre on Friday.

Jonathan Humphreys has warned his Ospreys players they need to stay focused on the Pro12 game against Zebre on Friday following their 14-3 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons on Monday.

The forwards coach insists the Italian outfit represent a stiff test for Ospreys despite Zebre failing to register a win in their 12 league games so far this season.

"We've got a real short turnaround now, it's a real massive game for us on Friday night," said Humphreys. "Zebre possess a physical challenge, they gave us a real tough game out there earlier in the season and we are expecting the same again on Friday.

"We won't be taking them lightly at all. It's important that we keep our momentum going with some big challenges, including Europe, ahead of us.

"It's important now that we don't undo the good work of the last month or so by not going into this game with the right focus, and although we've only got a few days to prepare, we'll be drilling that into the players.

"We have enjoyed some big crowds and great atmospheres at the Liberty over the last few weeks and we'd love the same again on Friday. It's not on TV and there's a great ticket deal available so hopefully we'll have plenty of fans there backing the cause again."

The Ospreys edged a tightly-fought contest with the Dragons at Rodney Parade, with Humphrey thrilled at how his side came through the game with man of the match Ryan Jones leading the way.

"It wasn't pretty by any means but I had no doubt that we had the ability to do that in us," said Humphreys. "We kept our discipline, didn't give away too many penalties and we managed to contain them.

"First half they dominated field position which enabled them to look a little dangerous. We made some adjustments at half time and I thought as a team we looked in total control after the break.

"In the second half we managed to control the field a bit better than we had in the first, which allowed us to put quite a bit of pressure on them resulting in a cheap try for us.

"The other seven or eight times I've been down here it's been the other way around so we're happy with that. We understood how difficult it would be coming down here, especially in these conditions, we're just delighted to be going home with a win.

"We're really happy with where we are now as a group, as a squad, there's an excellent feeling about the squad. This has been a good experience for the youngsters in the group tonight that will benefit them in the long run.

"We made some unforced errors in the first half and in the past here that has affected us. Thankfully that wasn't the case today."

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Edinburgh v Dragons 18h35 Myreside
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Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Ospreys v Ulster 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Wasps 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
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Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Treviso v Munster 17h05 Stadio Monigo
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
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Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 27 | 22
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
Treviso v Edinburgh 21 | 6
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Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 20 17 0 3 79
Munster 20 17 0 3 76
Scarlets 20 15 0 5 67
Ospreys 20 13 0 7 65
Ulster 20 13 1 6 64
Glasgow Warriors 20 11 0 9 57
Cardiff Blues 20 9 1 10 45
Connacht 20 9 7 11 44
Edinburgh 20 4 0 16 23
Dragons 20 4 0 16 21
Treviso 20 4 0 16 19
Zebre 20 3 0 17 18