Shane wants Ospreys to learn from Sarries loss

Shane Williams' frustration at the Ospreys performance in defeat at Wembley on Saturday evening was evident when he spoke to the media after the final whistle.

The wing couldn’t hide his disappointment despite helping his team pick up what could prove to be a crucial bonus point thanks to a brace of tries from Ashley Beck, and he said the team needs to improve in several areas if they are to turn the tables on Saracens in Friday night’s return fixture.

Asked how he felt the Ospreys had done he said:

“It was a disappointing performance really, that’s what I thought. We had all the intentions of trying to come here to win the game of course, but we didn’t have enough of the ball, we didn’t play territory very well when we did have it and our discipline at times was really poor. It’s a short turnaround now and hopefully we can learn from our mistakes this week.

“When we did get ball in hand there were a few incidences where we were able to take them out wide, looked to keep them moving, and scored two nice tries. That’s something we can take from the game and we need to realise that any turnovers we get, any ball we get, we need to keep hold of it. Saracens are a very good side, a very big side, but we’ve shown that when we try to move them around the park, we can get some rewards from it.

“I don’t know what the stats were today but Saracens had the ball more than us and we showed that when we do get the ball we can do things with it. The important thing for us next Friday is trying to get hold of the ball, and when we do, stop conceding silly penalties that give them the ball straight back. I think that was our downfall today.

“We’ve got to learn very quickly with the short turnaound. We know a lot about them but now it’s about making sure that in these six days we learn from our mistakes and up the performance.

“We’ve got such a good record at the Liberty Stadium but if we play like we did today that record could be shot. We’ve got plenty of things to improve on this week.”