Saturday, 15 February 2014

Jeff Hassler fast improving and winning fans at the Ospreys


Becoming increasingly popular with fans, Canadian wing Jeff Hassler has been voted January player of the month for the Ospreys as his hard work pays off.

Whilst his natural strong points of being ferociously committed was obviously apparent in Hassler's first month in Swansea, every young player has at some point has an area that may need work. There were some doubts about his defence, in particular the positioning element of it which was picked out by Sean Holley during a game against Ulster and also criticised by some fans.

However the Canadian has proved himself a good learner, after working hard on his game now his defence is far more reliable. His fully committed on pitch attitude and performances has won over fans and he's considered possibly the most improved player in the squad this season. His vast improvement has been to the extent that the defensive side of his game has played a big part in him being voted for the award, with some impressive defensive work against in matches against the Scarlets and Leinster, the latter of which he made a stunning try saving tackle.

The 22 year old is now a regular first team starter and has said that the move has seen his learning process really speed up, the move has also paid off for the Ospreys who've found reward on a punt and of course for the Canadian team.

Canada now have two first choice wingers in the Rabo Pro12 with Glasgow's record try scorer DTH van der Merwe the other. In addition to that other options at wing include the pacy Taylor Paris is scoring a healthy amount of tries with Agen, Matt Evans the leading try scorer in the Championship last season, Phil Mackenzie playing in the Premiership plus Conor Trainor and Sean Duke at home and it's certainly the deepest position for Kieran Crowley has to choose from.

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