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Ospreys strike the perfect balance says Jones

Guinness PRO12 Editor

24 Oct 2011

Ospreys’ 100per cent start to the RaboDirect PRO12 campaign owes to them finding the perfect balance between established stars and academy prospects, according to Lyn Jones who coached the region for five years.

With the likes of Mike Phillips, Lee Byrne and James Hook now departed, Scott Johnson’s youngsters have seized their chance with both hands in the opening six rounds of the RaboDirect PRO12.

Standout performers included 22-year-old scrum-half Rhys Webb, who won the season’s first RaboDirect PRO12 man-of-the-match award, and Dan Biggar who is the competition’s leading scorer with 95 points.

But Jones, who was coach from 2003 through to 2008, believes the two-week break in the RaboDirect PRO12 came at just the wrong time for the Ospreys.

“They have had a great start with six wins out of six,” said Jones. “Momentum and confidence is crucial and those have been the two biggest factors that have worked for them.

“They have got into a roll and will be confident they can beat anyone and I am sure they would have liked to keep the league games coming.

“The squad they have got is very competitive. They have got a good mix between internationals and some youngsters.

“With the high-profile players, they often bring a lot of work with them and you don’t want too many distractions in the squad.

“They have done really well so far but they face some far tougher challenges in the weeks ahead.”