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Walshe delighted with winning run

Gloucester assistant coach Nick Walshe was delighted that his side maintained their winning run after they held off a sustained Ospreys revival to record a bonus point 32-25 victory at Kingsholm.

The home side scored four tries through Aled Thomas, a penalty award, Ollie Thorley and Dan Thomas, while Billy Burns added a penalty and three conversions with the boot and Aled Thomas also kicked a late penalty.

Walshe was thrilled with the way they kept a committed Ospreys side at arm's length and extended their winning streak to five matches.

"We didn't really concentrate on the LV=Cup table as ultimately it's out of our hands," he said. "However it was really important that we got a win and maintained the momentum as this is our fifth win on the bounce since the start of the New Year."

However Walshe did admit it was frustrating that they gave the Welsh side a glimmer of hope after looking out of sight at one point.

After going in 22-13 down at the interval, with Ben John grabbing a first-half try for Ospreys, the visitors fought back with further touchdowns for Richard Fussell and T om Grabham, while Sam Davies booted over 10 points, to give them a fighting chance when it looked like they could fold.

Walshe added: "It was annoying as we needed one more score to finish them off. We were 29-13 up and if we'd scored then the game would have been over but credit to them for sticking at it and running us close. It gave us more tackling practice and I'm really pleased for at the end of the game we had three schoolboys in our back line."

The visitors picked up two yellow cards during the game, to Tom Habberfield and Davies, which helped to ensure that this was their third consecutive defeat in the competition.

But Ospreys' skills coach Dan Griffiths praised the resilience of his side as they produced a strong second half revival.

"We are frustrated that we left ourselves too much to do. We showed terrific spirit to come back into it as they were hanging on at the end."

"In the first half we gave away too many penalties and those two yellow cards were killers. However we had four debutants in our line-up and there was a lot of positives to take from the game."

"We can't afford to go out and buy players as we have a very low budget compared with others so we have to develop our own and give them more exposure."


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