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Lock James Down disappointed with Cardiff defeat to Ospreys

Published 19/11/2016

Dan Evans was among the Ospreys try scorers
Dan Evans was among the Ospreys try scorers

James Down admits Cardiff Blues never recovered from going a man down in their 31-7 drubbing to Ospreys in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

The score was level at 7-7 when Blues prop Anton Peikrishvili was shown a red card after an altercation in the 47th minute.

It led to tries from Brendon Leonard, Tom O'Flaherty and Dan Evans, ensuring Ospreys beat their Welsh rivals for the second time in two months.

Blues lock Down said: "It's hard to take because the feeling at half-time was pretty good, especially defensively. We had held them for 19 phases just before half-time.

"We were going out there with a positive attitude in the second-half, but unfortunately, if you go a man down with that amount of time to go then it is quite hard to compete for that long.

"It led to a couple of tries after that. It's frustrating. But, as a professional player, you've got to get on with it and react.

"You've just got to compete and get back in the game, but unfortunately we couldn't do that."

It is Cardiff Blues' second recent trouncing at the hands of the Ospreys - they were thrashed 46-24 at the Liberty Stadium last month.

And Down, 29, says he is hurting from the defeats.

He added: "It makes it harder to lose to the Ospreys, it's our biggest game.

"It always hurts to lose but it does hurt that 10, 20 per cent when it's your rivals."

Ospreys back Richard Fussell praised the team's youngsters for turning in a number of strong displays.

"To be fair there was some good performances out there on that field this evening," he told Ospreys TV.

"This block of games has been good - it's been good for us to develop some of our youngsters and put in some of our experience players for those younger boys to understand the standard of expectation level.

"The performances they've put in have put us in a good position come the next round."

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