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Match Report

As always in typical Welsh derbies, the scoreboard didn’t show up two high scores and for this match it was the Ospreys who triumphed with a victory of 10-0 for the visitors.

 

After several pitch inspections referee Ian Davies deemed the pitch playable after a heavy down fall of rain prior to the match had left a few questions to be answered. 

The game started slowly, with the Dragons wanting to build on their 5 from 5 win at home record, but it was the Ospreys who had the first chance to make it over for a try. A kick from the Dragons saw the Ospreys collect and break though the Dragons defence only for the ball to find the hands of Justin Tipuric and for him to sprint to the finish line. The try was converted which saw the visitors take a lead of 7-0 after 14 minutes on the clock.

With the Ospreys penalised and down to 14 men the Dragons had the chance to hit back through their advantage but unfortunately they didn’t win the kicking battle, and before they knew it the Ospreys were back up to 15 men with no points on the score board.

Soon came a chance for the Men of Gwent only for the wet and windy conditions to send Angus O’Brien’s penalty kick wide of the posts.

Half Time: Newport Gwent Dragons 0 – Ospreys 7

The Ospreys came out the starting blocks well during the second half and the Dragons defence stood strong in the battle and managed to hold off the attack from the visitors.

With the kicking game picking up once again, the Dragons attempted to run the ball into the Ospreys half to change things up and with that came a penalty for a high tackle on Ashton Hewitt. Angus O’Brien had another chance to get the Men of Gwent on the score board, however similarly his first attempt the ball went wide seeing the scorer remain on 7-0 to the visitors.

His opposite number, Dan Biggar, had the chance to take a shot at the goal soon after and he made no mistake making it 10-0 to the Ospreys.

The Dragons continued to battle against their visitors and they came close to going over the try line a few times. First saw a chip over the heads of the defence, only for wing Pat Howard to knock on before dabbing down. And the second was from a driving lineout, but the visitors stayed strong to make sure that they secured the win.

Full Time: Newport Gwent Dragons 0 – Ospreys 7

Referee: Ian Davies

Attendance: 6746

Man of the Match: Olly Cracknell

 

 

 

 

T C D P Dragons V Ospreys T C D P
Substituted Phil Price 1 Paul James Substituted
Substituted Elliot Dee 2 Scott Baldwin Substituted
Substituted Brok Harris 3 Ma'afu Fia Substituted
Substituted Nick Crosswell 4 Lloyd Ashley Substituted
Substituted Cory Hill 5 Alun Wyn Jones (C)
(C) Lewis Evans 6 Olly Cracknell Substituted
Oliver Griffiths 7 Justin Tipuric 1
Ed Jackson 8 James King
Substituted Tavis Knoyle 9 Tom Habberfield Yellow card
Substituted Angus O'Brien 10 Dan Biggar 1 1
Ashton Hewitt 11 Dan Evans
Substituted Sam Beard 12 Josh Matavesi
Tyler Morgan 13 Kieron Fonotia Substituted
Pat Howard 14 Hanno Dirksen Substituted
Carl Meyer 15 Sam Davies
T C D P Replacements T C D P
Substitution Rhys Buckley 16 Sam Parry Substitution
Substitution Sam Hobbs 17 Nicky Smith Substitution
Substitution Lloyd Fairbrother 18 Rhodri Jones Substitution
Substitution Matthew Screech 19 Rory Thornton Substitution
Substitution Rynard Landman 20 Rob McCusker
Substitution Sarel Pretorius 21 Sam Underhill Substitution
Substitution Dorian Jones 22 Brendon Leonard Substitution
Substitution Adam Warren 23 Jonathan Spratt Substitution

Head to Head Statistics

Dragons       Ospreys

 
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