We didn’t compete – Richards

Gloucester boss Dean Ryan offered no excuses for his team's crushing EDF Energy Cup defeat against the Ospreys, admitting: "We didn't turn up with enough intensity. [more]

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Gloucester boss Dean Ryan offered no excuses for his team’s crushing EDF Energy Cup defeat against the Ospreys, admitting: "We didn’t turn up with enough intensity.

Ryan saw his team suffer a first loss of the season after a Gavin Henson-inspired Ospreys ran riot at Liberty Stadium.

The Welsh side scored six tries, claiming a bonus point in the process, while fly-half Henson finished with 24 points.

Ryan had been confident about his team’s ability to withstand wholesale changes, but the Ospreys emphatically mocked his theory as they ran out 49-19 winners.

"Intensity was the core area," said Ryan. "They won the physical collisions and played off the back of that with a world-class number nine (Justin Marshall).

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"We didn’t turn up with enough intensity to make it an even contest, which was disappointing.

"Coming to this type of environment, you will receive an extremely physical game, and it was a great opportunity for some people to learn some lessons.

"But we have lost one game, and we have two to come at home in this tournament. I don’t think it is a competition that is beyond us just because of tonight."

Centre Sonny Parker claimed a quickfire try double just after half-time, securing a bonus point for the Ospreys following opening touchdowns by wing Shane Williams and hooker Barry Williams.

Henson’s haul included a try, while Marshall galloped over from 40 metres to confirm the rout.

The only worrying note for a rampant Ospreys side came when number eight Ryan Jones limped off midway through the second period nursing what appeared to be a knee problem.

Wales international Jones, a 2005 Lions tourist, missed the whole of last season through a shoulder injury, and he is an integral part of national coach Gareth Jenkins’ autumn Test plans.

Gloucester managed a Peter Richards try and 14 points from Ludovic Mercier, but they were hopelessly outclassed in all key departments as their hopes of reaching the Millennium Stadium semi-finals next March spectacularly nose-dived.

"It was a powerful performance by us – we responded well from last week (a 43-7 Magners League defeat against Ulster)," said Ospreys coach Lyn Jones.

"We looked like a team, and we created space that meant individual flair came through. It was a complete 100% turnaround."

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