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Gough has faith in Ospreys young guns

Guinness PRO12 Editor

3 Mar 2012


Veteran Ian Gough believes Ospreys’ young guns will bounce back in style despite tasting defeat at the hands of Glasgow on Friday night.

The 35-year-old lock became just the third player to make 200 regional rugby appearances as the Ospreys hosted the Warriors.

But he failed to celebrate the milestone with a win as despite a late Kahn Fotuali'I try it was the Scots who came out on top, winning 26-20.

The defeat ended Ospreys’ unbeaten eight-game run at the Liberty Stadim but Gough is adamant the youthful group will not throw the towel in with just five games remaining.

"This group of players, without the internationals, have been very strong for us this year,” he said.

“We set standards earlier in the year, young lads who've come into the team and played superbly well, played for each other.

"As any season goes, you're going to have highs, you're going to have lows.

“I thought Glasgow were worth their win, they played better than us in areas.

“We need to be playing to a certain standard to win games, we've kept that most of the year, but we didn't quite hit that standard.

“ We're in charge of that and we're the guys who can put it right. The great thing about rugby is there's always another game coming along to put it right. There's always pressure on us at the Ospreys, that's nothing new."