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Beck suprised by league form

Guinness PRO12 Editor

10 May 2012


Ospreys centre Ashley Beck admits even he is shocked by his rapid rise to prominence after catching the eye during in the RaboDirect PRO12 this season.

The 22-year-old worked his way through the Ospreys academy system while playing semi-professionally for Aberavon RFC before exploding into form this year.

His performances led to a call up to the Grand Slam-winning Wales squad as he proved a pivotal part of the Ospreys side which secured second place in the table ahead of the RaboDirect PRO12 play-offs.

And Beck insisted his main aim was to continue his form into his side’s play-off semi-final against Munster on Friday.

“I have never expected what has happened to me this season,” he told Wales Online.

“When I was training hard last summer, my main aim was to be a regular starter for the Ospreys.

“I have really enjoyed playing for this region and it is exciting the opportunities and accolades I have received. I have gained more confidence.

“When you are playing for your semi-professional side like Aberavon, there is not much pressure on you because you can go out there and enjoy yourself.

“When I first started playing for the Ospreys, I did not want to try things in case I made a mistake and was thrown back in the Premiership.

“But I have learned not to try and play any differently so it is nice to hear compliments.

“But I still have a job to do at the Ospreys and hopefully I can do that against Munster.

“These are the sort of games you want to play in and I am looking forward to it.

“It is big for the region to get into these semi-finals and to have a home tie.

“We let ourselves down in the Heineken Cup this year so this is a big chance to pick up some silverware at the end of the season.”