Gruff Rees on the loss in Limerick

Ospreys disappointed with result against Munster but take consolation from securing a losing bonus point

The Ospreys have been left dissatisfied with their overall performance against Munster in the top of the table clash. The loss, which is the first time that Munster have beaten the Ospreys since May 2011, sees the region slip to third in the table. However a losing bonus point thanks to the boot of Matthew Morgan, in a team missing so many International players, offers plenty of encouragement for the next few weeks of LV=Cup action. 

Speaking about the loss at Thomond Park, Gruff Rees said:

"We are disappointed with the game tonight and in ourselves, as we should be. If we had played 10 to 15% better at certain points in the match then it would have been a different result. We kicked aimlessly at times which just isn't good enough.

Unfortunately we put no pressure on Munster especially in the set piece. You can't expect to go to somewhere like Thomond Park and win without playing your best and we allowed 9 turnovers in contact areas which was very poor. 

However getting the losing bonus point is some consolation. Especially when you look at games in previous seasons where we haven't come away with one when we have perhaps deserved one.

The team has gelled well this week, particularly when you consider that it's a new group working together. We know we need to keep it going though to improve how we perform during games. 

It's an interesting period with the international players being away but we think it's building nicely. With the LV=Cup games over the next few weeks it gives us a chance to see some of our younger players and gives them a chance to showcase what they can do before we go back into the Rabo in 3 weeks. We are looking forward to going to Leicester next week and hopefully we can improve our performance and get the win".