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Ospreys keen to retain their crown

Guinness PRO12 Editor

3 Mar 2011

Ospreys skipper Alun Wyn Jones says his side are in no mood to give up their Magners League crown.

The Ospreys became the first side to win the Celtic title three times when they beat Leinster in the inaugural Grand Final last season and now Jones and co have their sights set on another piece of history.

“Right from the start of our season we declared we wanted to become the first team to win the Magners League title back-to-back,” said Jones, who has made 50 starts in his Magners League career so far.

“The Grand Final win over Leinster in Dublin last year defined our season and, after our exit from the Heineken Cup all our efforts will be going into retaining the title in May.

“Our strength in depth was questioned last season but the team has held up well during the RBS 6 Nations period.

“The bonus point win over Connacht last weekend really made a difference and moved us nicely into second place.

“We’ve already played Munster three times this season, but we still have a game to come at home against them. We also play the Blues at home and have to travel to face the Dragons.

“It would be great to have a home tie in the Play Offs, but getting into the top four is the first priority and we believe we can go anywhere and win.

“The Grand Final concept certainly added to the appeal of the Magners League last season and everyone is now gearing up for a big push between now and May 28.”

Next up for the Ospreys is Friday’s home tie with Glasgow – a repeat of last season’s Play-Off semi-final at the Liberty Stadium.

A similar result to the 20-5 win in May 2010 would keep the Ospreys in second-place in the standings, while a bonus-point triumph would close the gap at the top of the table to just four points ahead of Munster’s clash with the Dragons on Saturday.