Ospreys still in hunt for Euro spot says Alun Wyn Jones
Alun Wyn Jones insists the Ospreys remain in the hunt for a Heineken Cup quarter-final place despite their late Leicester collapse.
But he acknowledged they need points when they go to Pool Two leaders Toulouse on December 8.
The French champions are four points clear of Leicester and the Ospreys with only the group winners assured of an automatic passage to the last eight.
“We have Toulouse to play twice and it’s wide open, we are definitely not out of it,” said Ospreys skipper Jones.
“Congratulations to Leicester. I thought they were clinical and put the nails in the coffin at the end."
“We were fighting to get the losing bonus point and they were fighting to get the winning bonus.”
Leicester proved successful as Manu Tuilagi’s last-minute try bagged them an extra point to overtake the Ospreys.
Jones believes the Ospreys lost control of a super-charged encounter because they couldn’t sustain the pace they had set at the start.
“We probably took our foot off late in the first half and midway in the second,” lamented the Wales lock.
“It would have been easy to take if we weren’t in the game, but we were in complete control during the first 20 minutes."
“I don’t know if we lost control because we got a bit frantic and tried to play too much or it was because we are not used to being in that position?"
“We are really disappointed because Leicester got a bonus point and we didn’t."
“We felt we did a lot of good in that game, but possibly gave them a hand in getting back into it."
“We shared the spoils in the first half and were evens in the second. It was a tale of the last 10 minutes."
“I felt we were still in it, but an interception try and a loose kick we were unable to gather has cost us."
“We have just got to get the horse ready for Toulouse and realise we can’t rely on a 10-point lead or on an exceptionally good kicker at 10 in Dan Biggar.”
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