Chris Gibbes: Ospreys weren’t good enough in Northampton defeat

Ospreys coach admitted the Welsh region's inaccuracies to blame after 34-6 Champions Cup defeat to Aviva Premiership leaders

Chris Gibbes admitted the Welsh region weren’t on top of their game as George North and Northampton Saints ended their unbeaten run at Franklins Gardens.

The Ospreys forwards coach offered no complaints after watching the Guinness PRO12 league leaders go down 34-6 to the Aviva Premiership leaders as Wales wing North crossed for all four tries, while all the Ospreys could muster was two Dan Biggar penalties.

“We knew that it was going to be our biggest test to date and we knew that we were going to need to be accurate, and we weren’t,” Gibbes said.

“We’ll take a fair bit out of it from a learning perspective, about what it means to nail your role under pressure. We let them off the hook a few times and they just kept putting pressure on us.

“We were inaccurate at times, we allowed them to camp in our half and we struggled to get out of there. They kept compounding the pressure on us, and the areas of their game where we knew they were going to be a threat, around the breakdown, they were excellent and, clearly, we weren’t.”

The Ospreys had been lauded for winning seven from seven, including last weekend’s European Champions Cup win over Benetton Treviso, but Gibbes conceded they failed to play well for 80 minutes and were punished.

“We knew that we needed to be pretty good from minutes one to 80 and we weren’t,” he added. “I think we’ve got ourselves to blame a wee bit.

“They are a very good side and they are very, very good at compounding the pressure on as they did, but we’re pretty disappointed.”

Despite the manner of the defeat, Gibbes conceded that their European campaign isn’t over with four rounds still to play, including an away trip to Italy to face Treviso.

“It’s what happens next for us is the important thing, it’s about how we regroup,” he said.

“What happens next week against Connacht is the immediate thing but, from a Europe perspective, it’s Racing at home next and we have to make sure that we take the lessons from this. Do that and we’ve still got a good opportunity.

“We are still alive, we are a good side, we just weren’t tonight. We knew we needed to be, but weren’t.

“If we can get that bit right, learn from the pressure and what it means to play at this level, at this time of year then we’ve still got a chance.”

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