DFP Header Area

Champions looking for extra cohesion

Guinness PRO12 Editor

20 Dec 2010


Ospreys director of coaching Scott Johnson says he is looking forward to building some more cohesion ahead of Boxing Day’s mouth watering Magners League clash with the Scarlets.

The reigning Celtic Champions secured a vital European win over Munster on Saturday having endured a testing few weeks due to the autumn internationals and the poor weather conditions in South Wales.

Johnson’s men ran out victors by 19 points to 15 at the Liberty Stadium but Johnson is now hoping his side will gel even better at the same venue against their bitter rivals next Sunday.

“We’d like to get some cohesion. I was talking to the Munster coaches last week – they’re in a similar situation. You get a lot of people taking away for long periods – six weeks in the case of our boys – where we don’t get to see them,” said Johnson.

“So it’s really nice to have them back. We then just had a week before (Europe) and we gave them some time off so they could rest their bodies. But then you’re balancing that off with this bad weather and it would just be nice to get a bit of cohesion.

“But I’ll take lack of cohesion and the guts and resilience they showed here (against Munster) every time.

“I think the effort was first class. It was brave. Since the autumn internationals, we’ve really only had one training session together because of the inclement weather so we’re a little rusty as a group.

“What am I most proud of? You don’t coach for yourself: you coach to see the development of people. And I saw some very resilient men out there and it’s hard not to get touched by it.”