RUGBY: London Welsh coach disappointed with Grenoble defeat

Seb Jewell is stopped in his tracks by a Grenoble tackle during Saturday’s clash

Seb Jewell is stopped in his tracks by a Grenoble tackle during Saturday’s clash

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LYN Jones praised his players’ efforts against Grenoble, but felt his side had brought defeat on themselves.

London Welsh brought the score back to 15-6 at half-time, but couldn’t build on that.

Head coach Jones said: “I thought our attitude was really positive today.

“When you get your players giving 100 per cent, then we are getting things right.

“But we were our own worst enemy, rather than Grenoble were too good for us.

“They were a usual French team, always playing with an eye for a space.

“There was lots of good in our game, but Grenoble were better.

“However, there was nothing there that was fantastic or frightening.

“There was no reason why we should have lost.”

Jones was pleased with his side’s spirit in the second half that resulted in a late try for Mike Denbee.

“I was delighted that we scored a try because it was the least we deserved,” said Jones.

“We put ourselves in several positions to score tries, but we just turned them down and you just can’t do that.”

Centre Seb Jewell went off injured on the hour mark.

But Jones stressed: “He had a bump on the head, so we just brought him off as a precaution.”

Jones added that hooker Dan George was replaced at half-time because he had a “popped rib”.

Welsh’s main focus in December has been Aviva Premiership matches against London Irish, Worcester and Wasps – with victory already secured in the first one.

Jones said: “We have got two big games ahead of us over the Christmas period and things take on a different outlook.”

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