Ospreys v Dragons: Chris Gibbes keen to build on victory
CHRIS Gibbes challenged the Ospreys to build on their 40-17 trouncing of the Dragons by becoming even more ruthless.
The former Pro12 champions stopped a three-game losing run with a bonus-point victory over their regional rivals.
But the Ospreys are keeping the success in perspective, with the Dragons having lost their way completely in the second half at the Liberty.
"The verdict is we have a bonus-point win and we're pretty happy to be out of that losing streak and back in the winners' circle," said Gibbes.
"That said, there's still a few things to iron out.
"We made hard work of some opportunities and let the Dragons back in when we had them on the rack.
"Everyone was trying really, really hard. I've said you can't knock this group for effort, but we just weren't clinical enough or ruthless enough at times.
"I said before the game we set high standards and have high expectations.
"We are happy to get the win and take it, but there were a few things that could have been a lot better."
That said, a number of players produced fine individual displays, including Justin Tipuric, Richard Hibbard, James King and Alun Wyn Jones — while Dan Biggar was a revelation at full-back, making 18 carries and showing courage and good technique under the high ball.
Matthew Morgan also confirmed himself as a hugely dangerous broken-field runner.
"Nipper (Morgan) played pretty well," said Gibbes.
"It's good to see our backs running hard onto the ball.
"Some of the set-piece possession was better, getting us across the gain-line and going forward. We've been putting a lot of pressure on ourselves to get that right and I think the boys delivered.
"We knew that the Dragons were going to kick a lot, which prompted the shift for Dan to go back to 15 and Nipper to go to 10. The Dragons did kick a fair bit to us at times, so we're pretty happy with how that went. "
Gibbes added: "I thought Justin played really well and was a deserved man of the match.
"We also had some other boys working pretty hard out there. I thought Kingy was pretty good and so was Alun Wyn."
Aaron Jarvis picked up a suspected hamstring twinge and Duncan Jones also took a bump which the Ospreys will check on this week.