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Treviso is no Italian sob, says Ospreys's Duncan Jones

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

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DUNCAN Jones insists the Ospreys will not allow Sunday's Heineken Cup encounter with Treviso to turn into an Italian sob for the region.

Steve Tandy's side saw their hopes of a quarter-final place dashed with last weekend's failure to beat Leicester in Swansea.

They cannot qualify for the Amlin Challenge Cup, either, but Jones insists they will not be short of motivation when they head for the Monigo Stadium.

"We are all proud players for the Ospreys and we all want to travel and play well for the team," said the 57-cap prop.

"A lot of the motivation for this group comes from within. We expect a lot from each other.

"You understand that the jersey isn't really yours and if you don't play well when you get your chance in it, then your chance is gone.

"That's what drives the group on.

"The boys play as a team.

"We don't look on any game as a dead rubber. We drive our standards from within.

"Whoever goes out to Treviso this weekend, it's their chance in the starting shirt.

"There are probably 15-20 other guys busting to get into that shirt.

"If we go out there and don't make a good showing of ourselves and self-motivate it may be the last chance in the jersey.

"So I don't think motivation will be an issue.

"There is a huge disappointment at going out, but we really want to finish this European campaign on a positive note."

But the Ospreys will take nothing for granted against the Italians after losing to them earlier in the season.

The region went to Treviso in August looking to set a club record of eight competitive wins in a row, only to come unstuck 12-6 in a game that saw Ian Evans sent off.

"They're a hugely physical side," said Jones.

"We know from the game in August how tough it was out there. They beat us and can never been be taken lightly.

"Toulouse and Leicester both found it difficult and we expect no different. We won't be going out there expecting anything other than a tough Heineken game." Injuries are once again conspiring against the Pro12 champions, with Ryan Jones (thumb) and Richard Hibbard (shoulder) the latest additions to the casualty list, and the coaches are likely to rest a number of players after the exertions of last weekend's 15-15 draw with Leicester.

"The fact that we were so disappointed with the draw says much about the character of the group," added Jones.

"We are not happy just to compete. We want to win."


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  • dynamicdave  |  January 18 2013, 2:00PM

    The only thing left now is the Rabo 12 title, so far since regions came in, not one team has successfully defended that title, I'm backing the Ospreys to be the first. There can be little doubt that the talent is there even amongst the third group of players, but it will need grit and determination allied with imagination, to do it.