Burnell hits out at Ospreys and Johnson
January 2, 2012
Scott Johnson and the Ospreys have come under fire from Blues boss Justin Burnell © Getty Images
Cardiff Blues boss Justin Burnell has slated the Ospreys for their "negative" rugby and also told coach Scott Johnson to "get a life" for comments he made about the capital club last week.
The Ospreys defeated the Blues 17-12 at the Liberty Stadium on New Year's Day but Burnell was less than impressed by the tactics employed by the home side.
"They've got one major strength - their scrum," Burnell is quoted as saying by the Western Mail. "They seem to have gone away from using Shane Williams and Tommy Bowe, who have got some outstanding attacking flair.
"We all know they are world-class players but the Ospreys don't play a wide game any more. It's as if they have just closed their game completely down just to get to a scrum. It's pretty negative, to be honest with you."
Burnell then switched his attention to Johnson, who last month accused referee Nigel Owens of a conflict of interests for conversing with players on online social network Twitter before then labelling the Blues as the new "galacticos", a term once used to deride the Ospreys for the inability of their expensively-assembled side to justify their big reputations on the field.
Burnell sarcastically suggested that Scotland boss Andy Robinson will have a tough time keeping Johnson in check when the Australian becomes apart of his coaching team at the end of the season.
"What was it last week? Twitter, Nigel Owens," Burnell said. "Good luck Andy Robinson. Crikey, when we read or listen to things like [the galacticos reference] that in our camp we ignore them."
Burnell then claimed that Johnson needs to "get a life" before adding: "God knows what it will be this week before the Ospreys play the Dragons!"
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