Ospreys ‘can’t afford to get carried away’ with flying Champions Cup start, says Jones
Ospreys top Pool 2 ahead of Exeter and Clermont Auvergne
Captain Alun Wyn Jones wants his teammates to keep their feet on the ground
The Welsh region now have back-to-back matches against Bordeaux to come
Alun Wyn Jones has insisted that Ospreys must not get carried away after gaining six points in their opening two European Champions Cup games.
The Welsh region, who currently sit top of Pool 2, opened their Champions Cup campaign with an impressive 25-13 triumph over Aviva Premiership high-flyers Exeter Chiefs. They then, despite losing 34-29 to Clermont on Sunday, returned to Wales with two losing bonus points, making it a successful trip.
The Ospreys captain though insisted they must keep their feet on the ground: “It’s an interesting group, we can’t afford to get carried away,
“The kick-in to see where we actually stand will be when Clermont play the game they didn’t last week.
Bordeaux, who sit eighth in the Top 14, are Ospreys’ next opponents in the competition, with the teams meeting on successive weekends next month.
“We go back-to-back with Bordeaux. I think we’ll approach it in the same way [as the Clermont game], we’ll have to come at it with confidence but we’ve got a couple of Pro12 games we’ve got to do well in as well,” Jones said.
“To come away with two [points] we should be proud – there aren’t many teams that will come out here and score four tries,” he added.
“Credit to the team, we didn’t say we’d turn them over, and we haven’t, but we didn’t lack confidence, and I think that showed.”
Ospreys, who have struggled for form in the Pro 12, look to climb the table this weekend when they face Cardiff Blues in a Welsh derby on Saturday.