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Holley hails 'magic moment'

Ospreys coach pays tribute to Henson return

By Simon Dilger   Last updated: 27th October 2008   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Holley hails 'magic moment'

Holley: 'Magic'

There was a moment of magic with James Hook's pass to Gavin that put him into the midfield hole, but he still had a lot to do.

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Coach Sean Holley has described James Hook and Gavin Henson's link up for Ospreys' second try in their 37-22 victory over Worcester as 'a moment of magic'.

Henson, returning from a much publicised two-match ban, was put in the clear by Hook to run in from 40 metres for a brilliant solo effort during Sunday's EDF Energy Cup clash at Liberty Way.

But the coach was under no illusions as to the task ahead as he turns his eye towards a trip to the Madejski Stadium to fight for a semi-final spot with London Irish next Sunday.

"There was a moment of magic with James Hook's pass to Gavin that put him into the midfield hole, but he still had a lot to do," said Holley.

"Gavin showed his fitness and sharpness and it was great to see him finish off like that.

"It means a hell of a lot to try to retain this trophy. It is what is spurring us on, retaining the trophy for our fans and for our region.

"But London Irish had a good win against Harlequins yesterday and we know they are very much still in the mix."

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Holley has lost 14 players to international duty after Welsh Rugby Union won a High Court ruling on Friday.

The ruling released Wales coach Warren Gatland's 32-man squad from the regions for national sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but Holley played down the impact on his squad.

He added: "The bulk of your work is done in pre-season these days, and as a squad we look pretty healthy.

"We will go about our business and I will pick a team accordingly.

"You plan your weeks well in advance and these guys are very experienced players."

Worcester boss Mike Ruddock admitted his team had been beaten by a better side on the day.

"We battled hard but the Ospreys took their chances well," he said

"We've got to rely on London Irish to do a job for us now. They are a very good team and they will be playing at home.

"We are not in control of the group. All we can do is try to get a win over Harlequins (next Sunday)."

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