Reaction to Munster defeat

There was no disguising the disappointment in the Ospreys camp after Saturday night's defeat at the hands of Munster at Thomond Park.

Speaking after the final whistle Head Coach Sean Holley acknowledged that the performance had been below par.

We defended valiantly in the first half he said:

To go in at half time just 3-0 down was probably a bonus for us but we didnt capitalise on that in the second half.

We were ill-disciplined, and weve seen a performance that isnt what we expect from an Ospreys team so Im very disappointed.

We didnt have enough possession really. We lost the race at the breakdown. We didnt get the rub of the green with the decisions and we didnt get any territory. Its very disappointing. The only thing that we can perhaps take away is that its early in the season and weve got plenty of time to improve.

We are the champions of this competition, we know were a good team, but were just not quite there yet. Were a little bit inaccurate and are clearly undercooked, but well work hard to put it right.

Meanwhile, skipper Alun Wyn Jones, who tasted defeat on his first day as captain, was honest with his assessment of where it went wrong for the Ospreys:

We had a quite outstanding defensive session in the first half. Obviously they had quite a few penalties that were missed but we deserved to come out of that just 3-0 down. When you are defending that long you are going to be a different team coming out for the second half.

Looking at it, I suppose we left it too late to get back into the game, the pressure we exerted in the scrums when we got that try, I think that was the first bit of rugby we played with a bit of possession.

Our inaccuracies told today, we werent able to keep the ball for long enough. I think we need to sort our contact out soon; its becoming a bit of a trend with our discipline and holding onto the ball in the tackle.

Its something we want to get rid of and its not helping our game at all. We hold our hands up and any flak we take this week we thoroughly deserve.

We need to take a look at ourselves this week. As I say, the emphasis is going to be on those inconsistencies we have around the contact area.