Alun Wyn Jones warns Ospreys: We've won nothing yet
ALUN Wyn Jones issued a pointed message after the Ospreys started the Heineken Cup with their first ever maximum points haul — we’ve won nothing yet.
The Pro12 champions, who face Leicester at Welford Road on Sunday, started their latest bid for glory with a 38-17 victory over Treviso last Friday.
It was the first time for them to pick up a bonus on the opening weekend of a European campaign.
But 69-cap Wales and Lions forward Jones has been around too long to get carried away by a single victory.
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“We haven’t won anything yet,” he said. “It’s just one game and what we have to do now is go to Welford Road this weekend and play even better against Leicester.
“Beating Treviso was pleasing because they have caused us problems in the past. We got what we wanted out of the game and are pretty pleased with the performance but there’s still a bit to work on.
“We have to be able to think quicker and not try to play so wide too early.
“But we can be happy with the end result.”
If the tries the Ospreys scored were high quality and their play hugely impressive at times, they still have a tendency to play in fits and starts, allowing Treviso to hit back from 23-6 to 23-17 at one stage three nights ago.
But the Welsh region refused to panic, responding to the threat by upping their game and scoring two tries in the final nine minutes.
“In the past we’ve been guilty of chasing tries and we haven’t found them, but we showed patience towards the end against Treviso,” said Jones. “The best features of our performance were the character and maturity we demonstrated after some pretty lacklustre defence for their tries. In the last minute-and-a-half, we displayed composure for Ashley (Beck) to cross and secure the bonus point.
“We are not the finished article but we will keep working. We are conscious there are areas where we need to improve, but Friday was a decent start, one we can build on.
“We know the size of the Leicester challenge.
“It’s away. We’ve been up there and drawn there, so we know we’ve come close in the past.
“We realise the quality they have, the kicking game and the forward pack. They’re the complete package and they’ll be baying for blood and a bit of success in the competition as they will probably feel they’ve under-achieved for a while.
“So we’re very aware of the threat they pose, especially at home.
“We have the utmost respect for them.”
Leicester will be looking to bounce back after opening their Heineken Cup campaign with a 23-9 defeat to Toulouse yesterday.