Reaction from the camp

Read the views of Alun Wyn Jones and Rhys Webb as the Ospreys bow out of the PRO12 play-offs with honour at Thomond Park.


Alun Wyn on the disallowed try and his emotions at defeat:

“I thought it was a score but obviously the text book and the rules say otherwise. That’s the way it goes.

“I think we acquitted ourselves well with the opportunities we were given. We conceded two tries at probably the worst times you want to concede, either side of half-time, and put ourselves under pressure. A couple of individual efforts from Rhys and Jeff put us back in the game, we had a couple of threes, then almost won it at the end.

“We’re honest enough, and comfortable enough, to say that potentially we didn’t deserve to be where we were, but when you have the opportunities you’ve got to take them and to a degree we did. Obviously, it wasn’t to be.

“The disappointing thing from my personal point of view is I’d rather lose a final than a semi-final. It was knockout rugby here and we acquitted ourselves very well as we have done all season.

“We try to be level headed about it and humble, and I think we were. We showed the utmost respect to Munster, maybe not in the way we tried to finish the game, but we’re not going to hide from the fact that a home semi-final could have had a different result potentially.”

On increased expectation on the squad next season:

“I said in an interview earlier that I was comfortable in not listening to the bandwagon saying we were going to be up against it this year and I’m also comfortable in keeping the bandwagon saying how well we’re going to do next year at arms length. 

“We’ve got a few more experienced, mature guys coming into the team and hopefully they can help me get off the top of the ‘eldest’ list and provide a bit more learning and experience for some of the younger guys.

“We’ve got to want a bit more going into next season. This can’t be enough. The boys will be chomping for it next season. A lot of guys have put their hands up this year, who hadn’t had a lot of rugby before this year. They’ve acquitted themselves well and are ready to step into the breach.”

Webb on defeat

"We know we weren't clinical enough in that first half but we played some good rugby in the second half and managed to get some tries, but we feel we left some out there as well. To be fair, it was a great effort by the boys.

“We are very disappointed but to Munster's credit they put in a strong performance as well and good luck to them in final."

On the knock-on: 

"I thought it was knocked out of my hands, but it is what it is.”