Keelan Giles: Important not to get 'carried away' says Ospreys coach Tandy

Keelan Giles
Keelan Giles was part of the Wales under-20 team that won the 2016 Six Nations Grand Slam

Ospreys coach Steve Tandy says it is important not get "carried away" over the performances of wing Keelan Giles.

The 18-year-old has scored eight tries in four matches, the latest two in the 35-17 win over Newport Gwent Dragons.

Tandy said Giles was an "unbelievable finisher" benefitting from a team ethic and had to be carefully handled.

"It's great he's getting regional rugby, but it's not about playing him every single week, it's about managing him," added Tandy.

"He's still a young boy and we have to make sure we don't get too carried away with Keelan and make sure his interests are at the heart of everything we do."

Giles was called up to train with Wales ahead of the autumn internationals but has not been added to Rob Howley's squad.

Tandy is not sure Giles is ready to break into the national team yet.

"I think there's a few other boys in and around the squad that have been there for a while, but I know the Wales management will look after Keelan properly too and they'll see where he's at." he said.

"It's really pleasing to have someone like that in your team but at the start it's a team thing.

"One of his tries came after Joe Bearman's gone through and the ball's shot out and Keelan's fly-hacked it through.

"He's shown outstanding pace to finish it off but I think that's where we've got to be careful how we manage Keelan around that and making sure it's about the group.

"It's unbelievable to have a finisher like him in the team and it's not just the try scoring, it's his defensive abilities, his work rate is really, really pleasing - but it's all off the back of real top team performances too."

Ospreys are second in the Pro12 table after their 10th consecutive victory over the Dragons.

They claimed a bonus-point without 10 Wales squad players and with Josh Matavesi - normally a centre - playing fly-half in the absence of Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.

The Fiji international was named man of the match after kicking five conversions and creating Giles' first try.

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