Chris Gibbes disappointed after Ospreys crash to defeat against Ulster
CHRIS Gibbes couldn't hide his disappointment after seeing Ulster take the Ospreys' 13-month ground record on Friday evening.
Six Paddy Jackson penalties fired the Irish province to an 18-12 victory in the Pro12 encounter at the Liberty, stopping the Welsh side's 14-game unbeaten run at the venue.
In front of a crowd of 10,049, the Ospreys led 12-0 early in the second half through the boot of Dan Biggar, only to lose their way as a series of penalty decisions went against them, frustrating the home players.
Gibbes, the region's forwards coach, said: “We felt the match got away from us and that's disappointing.
"It wasn't the performance we were after or the one we wanted to put out for the bumper crowd that turned up.
“We were probably guilty of going away from our structures. Some of it wasn't quite what we wanted.
“We will have to have a look at the scrum, while our discipline, which is something we pride ourselves on, wasn't there.
“We knew Ulster were a good side and we knew we needed to be on the money. For long periods of the game we felt we were."
The crowd jeered referee Peter Fitzgibbon at the end after he awarded 14 penalties or free kicks against the Ospreys, a number of them borderline affairs.
But pressure from Ulster also caused the home indiscipline, with the Irish province having the better of the possession and territory.
The Ospreys can't afford to feel sorry for themselves, not with Leinster to play in the Heineken Cup next Saturday.
“The changing room is pretty quiet but in every beating there is something positive to look forward to and we have got the Heineken Cup next week," said Gibbes.
“Defeat can work two ways, and we have a full week of training before Leinster come here. We will look at the negatives and make sure we turn them into positives for the game with Leinster.”