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Last Updated: Sunday, 24 September 2006, 16:57 GMT 17:57 UK
Jones tells Ospreys to 'grow up'
Ospreys coach Lyn Jones says his charges must play as a team
Ospreys coach Lyn Jones says his charges must play as a team
Ospreys coach Lyn Jones has told his players to "grow up" after a second-half collapse in Ulster saw them lose 43-7 in the Magners League.

"We've got to learn to contend when we come away," Jones said.

"Ulster put pressure on us and we cracked - we cracked in Connacht and we cracked again at Ravenhill, we had 40 points put on us and we deserved it.

"We've got to grow up somewhat and start gelling as a team, we're just not functioning at the moment."

Despite looking the strongest of the four Welsh regions on paper, Ospreys have struggled to produce a whole worthy of its expensive parts.

Ospreys started with 12 full internationals, including former New Zealand scrum-half Justin Marshall, and trailed just 19-7 at half-time in Ulster.

But it all went horribly wrong in the second half as Ulster ran riot in front of a 10,000-strong crowd.

"Ulster had a better attitude than us, they wanted the game and had a big desire for it," Jones added.

"They had a simple game plan, nothing fantastic, but what they did they did effectively.

"We showed an immaturity in a pressure situation and we've got to learn very quickly."

Ospreys have until Friday night to recoup when they face Gloucester in the first round of the EDF Energy Anglo-Welsh Cup under the glare of the BBC cameras.

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