Try-scorer Hassler wants to keep improving

Jeff Hassler has said he is ‘loving it’ as an Ospreys player since making the move from Canada in the summer.


The Canadian has scored three tries in seven starts for his new region, the latest coming on Friday night in the 28-16 defeat against Glasgow..

He said: “I have found that nobody at the region is better than anybody else, they don’t treat you any differently. There is a positive attitude here, week in week out. We’re always looking to improve and the coaches try to get everyone on the same page, everyone here just plays for each other. I’m really enjoying it, I’m loving it and hopefully, I’ll continue to enjoy it week in week out.

“We’re pretty disappointed with the result, I thought all the effort was there but the execution wasn’t. I think we let them off the hook by letting them back into the game and then we were fighting to stop them getting any more points on the board.”

The powerful winger is now looking forward to getting back into Heineken Cup action with a double header against Castres, after having had his first taste of European Cup rugby as a replacement against Leinster before earning his first start in the competition against Northampton Saints.

With the region’s Wales contingent returning to Llandarcy this week after a mixed bag of autumn internationals, Hassler is looking forward to having their much needed experience back around the squad before travelling over to France:

 “We’re looking to have another good training week ahead of Castres like we have in the previous weeks and we’ll need to right some of the little things we did wrong” said Hassler.

“The effort and commitment is there but it’s just trying to work on trying to cut out our tiny mistakes in order to put the game away.

“We’re missing quite a few Welsh internationals and they’re obviously a very big part of this team so when they come back, I think it’s going to be a big lift for everyone. Hopefully, having them back we’ll be able to go over to Castres and get the win.”

The 22 year-old has had a break from Ospreys action himself earlier in November as he represented his country in defeats against Georgia and Romania, but had the opportunity to play with some of the younger players during the region’s last two RaboDirect PRO12 matches and has spoken highly of his teammates.

“I think the young boys have been amazing. Some of the guys have really stepped into their roles while the internationals have been away. They’ve really played hard and even when the boys come back, the youngsters will be fighting for jerseys.”