Ospreys hit back at Blues
January 4, 2012
Ospreys head coach Sean Holley has launched a staunch defence of his side's style © Getty Images
Ospreys coach Sean Holley has hit back in his side's war of words with Welsh rivals Cardiff Blues.
Blues boss Justin Burnell slated the Ospreys for their "negative" rugby in the wake of his side's 17-12 defeat at Liberty Stadium on New Year's Day. But Holley has launched a staunch defence of his side's approach and insists that they are a more adventurous side than the Blues.
"Most people who watched the game would agree we deserved to win and our wings touched the ball about 10 times more than their wings," Holley told the Western Mail. "The Blues brought Dan Parks on at half-time and kicked the ball as much we did and were taking 55-yard shots at goal."
Holley went on to turn up the heat on his Blues counterparts. "It is very difficult for a coach to come into a press conference straight away after a Welsh derby, especially when you have lost. It is a frustrating time and I have been there myself and you think everything has gone against you.
"Their set-piece was under a lot of pressure and we should have put them to bed at half-time. When you have a squad that has an international back-line, like the Blues have at the moment, there is a lot of expectation on you.
"To then not score a try against a young Ospreys side with names who are not as well known is frustrating because there was a lot of pressure. A couple of years ago we had a lot of big names and expectations on us, so it is tough. Justin has shot some comments off at the end of the game. That is his right."
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