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Scrum V is back in Edinburgh as the Ospreys shoot for the top of the
table. Six Welsh internationals are back to bolster their squad
including Sam Davies who starts at fly half. Keelan Giles will be
hoping to add to his tried tally as the Ospreys go in search of an 11
bonus point win of the season. Entering the final straight in the
race for the play-offs, some critical fixtures this weekend. The
Scarlets going to Ireland for the second week running.
This is how the table looks, a win for the Ospreys will return them to
the top. The Scarlets hoping to repeat their heroics from last
weekend and make their top four place a bit safer. Welcome to Scrum
V live, Martyn Williams and Richie Rees are my guests. The Ospreys are
probably assured of a play-off place with five rounds to go but history
has shown us that if you want to win the Championship you must get into
the top two. You can't take anything for granted, we saw the Scarlets
last year, they looked in prime position to have a semifinal place
but slipped up. The quality that the Ospreys have got in this squad in
general and the position they are in, you'd like to think they would
get in the top two. They'd have to go to Leinster or monster away in
the semifinal otherwise, so these games are crucial -- monster. The
Ospreys have the pedigree, winning four times before and interesting
subplot tonight, the returning internationals. Sam Davies and
Keelan Giles, what does their presence tell us, that they are in
the mix for Wales, or evidence that they aren't? An opportunity for
both. A cracking night to China, they must put their hands up for
next weekend -- to shine. Sam has been pulling the strings at ten,
sharing the pitch with Dan Biggar. Keelan Giles has been lighting up
the league so far, scoring some fantastic tries and there aren't
many deficiencies in his game. The consistency with him, he's played
well and for such a young guy and that's a tough thing to do so
hopefully we will see more tonight. Indeed, hoping he's going to light
up tonight's game. The national selectors are going to be looking on
in interest and so will be Ospreys head coach, Steve Tandy. We spoke
last week and you weren't expecting the cavalry back, but six players
including Sam Davies, who needs a big game this weekend. It's about
the team. Sam will want to help the team over the line and hopefully put
in a performance. A couple of boys back but we are missing 27 still, so
a lot of people missing but it is something we have dealt with well in
the international period. One more game before we get respite but we
want to perform tonight. The record of Ospreys in Edinburgh isn't great,
why is it such a difficult place to come? Generally playing during these
the Six Nations periods, but we have no excuse, but we spoke about it on
Monday, it is a pitch where we need to perform and focus. We have a
young group tonight who are ready to deliver. Form suggests an Ospreys
win but they've often found the going difficult in Edinburgh, as
Steve Tandy acknowledged, losing seven of eight. Let's find out if
they can do the business with Sean Holley and Gareth Giles.
COMMENTATOR: Nicky Smith and James King among half a dozen released by
Wales. And drum moving up to the second row. -- Ardron. Sam Davies,
the centre of attention before the Ireland game, Keelan Giles looking
to replace the Wales selectors. A solid centre partnership with
Matavesi and the ever improving Fonotia. Last week the Blues were
here it was chucking it down and blowing a gale, it promises the same
this week. Edinburgh, led by Neil Cochrane, going on to the field.
Alasdair Dickinson is back at loosehead. He played against Glasgow
on Boxing Day when Grant Gilchrist made his last start, both coming off
against the Blues -- coming off the bench against the Blues last week.
Very strong looking Ospreys bench, Bierman, Baker, potential impact
players. Experience from Paul James. Now, before kick-off, there will be
one minute's silence in memory of Elli Norkett, who represented the
Ospreys and was the community college for them. In Cardiff as
well, at the Cardiff met where she was in her final year as a student.
Their game against Loughborough in the University cup quarterfinal was
moved to the Arms Park and the game is being played in tribute to the
22-year-old who was tragically killed last weekend in a car crash.
The friends and family of Elli Norkett. As usual, the world of
rugby closes in and puts an arm around its own. George Clancy of
Ireland, the man in charge this evening. David Wilkinson, who
refereed the Blues last week, one of two touch judges. Conditions very
similar to last week, the Blues managed to do the job at the end,
getting the 1-point victory. The Ospreys are looking to stamp their
authority on this game and consolidate their position in the
top four. One win in eight, four Edinburgh, one defeat in eight, for
the Ospreys. The stats suggesting that the Welsh region can be
confident of coming here and claiming the points. Talking to a
few of them earlier, they are in confident mood. Yes, good evening.
Cold night here but they are in confident mood. Not had a lot of
success up here over the last six, seven years but looking for a big
win tonight. Looking forward Digard Gilchrist getting his hands on the
ball. -- to Grant Gilchrist. Early possession for the Ospreys. If it's
anything like last week they will play into the wind and rain in the
first half so they'll have to carry. We saw that last week with the
Blues, the Blues had their chances in the first half and didn't take
them. I think that the Ospreys are going to be patient and Sam Davies
will kick the ball a lot. His left boot is going to be very evident. We
know his ability to bring players on and flatten the game live but he can
also sprayed the corners. Fantastic asset to have in Dan Biggar's
absence, he is pushing him all the way. Edinburgh have so many threats
to look for with the Ospreys if they have ball in hand and if they leave
space at the back, Sam Davies will find it and hit the grass. Neil
Cochrane, the home captain, the try scorer last week. Ben Toolis, he's
the go to man in the wine out. Look for him to supply plenty of
possession from that facet of play. They've got to Mark King, doing
those better than any other player in the Pro12 -- mark him.
Hidalgo-Clyne, happy for the forwards to take it initially.
Well-placed kick by the Edinburgh scrum-half. The said crowd in -- a
decent crowd in the three stands. They got crowd of five, six, 7000
here through the season. Improvements being made to the
ground. A famous old ground. When you take the team to Murrayfield it
is a hollow atmosphere. No one in the ground. This at least feels like
a game tonight. An opposed. Bringing in Matavesi. Pinched by Jamie
Ritchie. Dean kicking into the Ospreys' 22, Davies guarding the
bounce very well. Write but this -- his right foot this time. Duncan
Weir is waiting for it. Poor pass under pressure and
Ritchie is under even more pressure from Sam Parry. Edinburgh have got
the ball back well from a smart bit of play, clever little ruck. Du
Preez leaving it for Hoyland. Bradbury featured in every league
game. He's the biggest ball-carrier, a real handful. Didn't function much
against the Blues last week. Edinburgh going side to side, not
really getting near the Ospreys 22. This is a problem they have this
season. Plenty of possession but no penetration so far. Cornell du Preez
trying route one but he's stopped in his tracks. Maybe the Ospreys have
worked on this double tackle with Brad Davies. When they get the
opportunity they pounce, two on one. Hoyland, the visitors smuggling it
back. Bradbury again. This attack is starting on the Ospreys ten metre
line and Figallo Klein -- Hidalgo-Clyne must kick it back.
Possession is back with the Ospreys, see what they can produce from this.
A bit of rugby league going on at the moment! Used to call this the
grey zone between the ten metres, a lot of rugby normally played there
because the defences are so tight. Sam Davies putting his trusty left
peg on it saying enough of this, let's get some territory. He puts in
those crossfield kicks and they really are terrific. When he was
coming through as a youngster, and Dan Biggar, you sense that he is a
natural talent, especially very precise, the best players seem to
have the time and Sam is one of those. You can see him growing in
confidence all the while. That's bad news, that's Grant Gilchrist. Came
off the bench last week. Last started on Boxing Day. They won't
want to be losing him. He's back on his feet.
Ospreys applying the pressure. And again, Hidalgo-Clyne is going to be
forced to kick. Giles and Dan Evans, seeing if they can work something
out on the counter. The penalty goes to the home side. When you come to a
place like Edinburgh, you've got to be squeaky clean. They just got the
ball back, forcing them to kick. That is clearly in from the side.
The Ospreys are one of the most penalised teams in the Pro12.
Sometimes you take it to the edge but you can lose crucial field
possession. Duncan Weir pushes Edinburgh down to the Ospreys 22 for
the first time. Let's go to pitch side and Catherine. As you can tell,
conditions have taken a turn for the worse. We expected the wind and rain
to arrive at about 8pm and as promised it is here. The pitch is
holding up but we expect it to cut up over the next hour. We expect is
going to be windy and wet for the foreseeable future. We are safe in
our little box appear out of the elements. Horrible conditions, as
they were last week. Believe me, it is cold rain as well. Sleet and
snow. With the line on it looks OK but you can see it is horrific with
a bit of breeze as well. Edinburgh going against that in this half.
Gilchrist and Toolis are back and ready to setup the next phase. A lot
of that is going to happen as well. It is a patients came from the
Ospreys, they have good written in defence. -- patients came. You can
see Ardron there being a nuisance. A lot of shirts in the back. One eye
on the defenders. Take your eye off the ball. Duncan Weir looks pretty
frustrated. Left Glasgow after seven years there to join Edinburgh this
year, Duncan Weir. The emergence of Finn Russell at Glasgow. In Scotland
colours as well. Finn Russell has been impressive, growing in
confidence and stature. He really attacks the line. Duncan Weir has
always been that kind of bench player. He's been sent back to try
and prove a point. Pressure on the Ospreys scrum. Last
week, the Edinburgh scrum was under pressure so that's impressive that
the Ospreys have done well to get it back. Dickinson is back at
loosehead. Mujati, one dozen caps for South
Africa. Tight end for the Ospreys. I imagine he's enjoying this whether!
You don't get much of this in Bulawayo, where he was born.
Hidalgo-Clyne, a long run back to get to it.
Weir looking for space behind the first line of defence. Knocked out
of Sam Davies' hands. Just seeing Habberfield coming to the end of the
line. A bit of space for the chip. Interesting, whenever the ball goes
down in that corner because we are relying on a little screen because
we can't actually see that part of the field. I've got your back, I can
just see it. Sam Davies covering the backfield. Very important. Leaving
space in behind so there is an area for Duncan Weir to chip in to. It's
coming down sideways now and the moment. Absolutely hammering down.
As a coach, Duncan Hodge will be absolutely furious, you're against
the elements, on the 22 for the first time, just beat squeaky clean,
don't give anything away, put the Ospreys under pressure and force
them to kick. Not a great night for the lockers to be throwing in.
-- for the lockers. That was very well rehearsed.
Nasty bounce. The Ospreys, confident enough. Playing into Edinburgh's
hands at the moment. Fair play to Kinghorn, countering against the
wind. The two Ospreys defenders came in and he went for the dummy
instead. I think that Hoyland will be free on the far side. Playing
spirited stuff, Edinburgh. Whether they can break them down when they
get to the 22 is another thing. Over the top. Sam Davies, not committing
to take it on the full. Spaced there, forcing another error in the
backfield. A couple of types of defence coaches, some have nine in
the backfield, but Edinburgh have noticed that this is an area whether
they can put Sam Davies under pressure and twice he has knocked
on. A break in play. Murray McCallum,
the tight head, getting some attention. George Clancy will as
well because there's a problem with his microphone. You would want your
shirt pulled up in this weather. He isn't wearing much. Just noting that
he was talking to Mujati about his shape in the scrum, under pressure
from Dickinson. Interesting to see if that manifests itself. A trip
from here to Dublin for the S4 C game, Scarlets against Leinster,
currently top of the Pro12, tomorrow evening. And the Blues and the
Dragons playing tomorrow afternoon. A review of the action and looking
forward to the Ireland game on Scrum V on Sunday.
Certainly a test of exactly how waterproof these microphones are
this evening! It is horrendous conditions now. Sometimes it's
difficult to play with the wind and the elements. Edinburgh set right
back. Need the confidence to play a bit and get through them. For
Edinburgh, you play the short side, the Zig Zag, you bring up the
Ospreys and force them into an error, and that's what they are
doing at the moment. The try line has not been threatened
on either side so far. We've got Hoyland, the right wing for
Edinburgh, directly behind the scrum. The banks on the left-hand
side of the scrum, just in from the 15 metre line. -- backs. There's a
lot to cover on the right-hand side. Interesting that Giles has come
across to the blindside wing. 18 metres here. The assistant referee
saying that they had slipped. Mujati got 47 minutes against
Glasgow last week. His first outing in an Ospreys shirt. Signed until
the end of the season. The 32-year-old from South Africa.
Against Alasdair Dickinson, 58 caps, for Scotland. He seems to be getting
the better of things at the moment, Dickinson. The ball from the side,
Nicky Smith pulling the tight head down or stop -- tight head down.
Slipping his bind and he is deemed to have pulled that one down. The
plan is working for Edinburgh, putting Ospreys and the backfield
under pressure and also in the scrum, which is a surprise. That is
the one area where they have the upper hand, it seems, in the opening
quarter of an hour. This isn't an easy kick tonight. Got
to aim to the right of the posts. Curling it in beautifully. Just to
perfection by Duncan Weir and the first points of this evening
belonging to Edinburgh. No more than they deserve, Duncan Weir, from one
spillage has put them in the right areas, kicking into the space of the
second line of the Ospreys, causing some errors in the backfield.
Winning a penalty from the scrum which has been good. That's a good
kick in these conditions. The kick from Sam Davies. Weir slipping. Has
he got his kick away? He did or stop -- he did. I don't know where the
touch judge is going. The plant foot is going to be important for place
kicking this evening. Definitely a night for the long studs.
Nice big gap, please. The old ploy of the book, you line up in the
middle and when the referee changes his -- turned his back, you move
position. -- the ploy of the hooker. High from Du Preez. Edinburgh
flooding midfield. Sam Davies just changing his tactics, the short
ball. Playing getting -- players getting in each other's way. Not
enough of an advantage from the earlier high tackle. Some
miscommunication from the Ospreys, too flat from the line-out. There is
the high tackle, you can't do that these days, and there's no need for
it from Du Preez. With the inside ball, Smith getting up late from
that challenge. Not quite clicking, the Ospreys.
You'd have to fancy Sam Davies here. The only concern is for the ball
boys, if it goes over the stand. Good strike by Sam Davies. That
reply brings the Ospreys back to level terms. Goes to show, the first
meaningful possession in Edinburgh's half and the Ospreys when a very
easy penalty for the high tackle in an easy position. Lesson learned,
the territorial kicks can put them under pressure.
That's a cheap penalty to give away again. It was a great restart. Going
nowhere in that corner. There's no need to give that penalty away. Sam
on his left foot, the little angle. That's a great kick, perfect. In
this territory now where you can launch an attack. The Ospreys don't
seem to be in a rush, they are backing their defence. Edinburgh
don't score many tries, 36 tries in 16 games only. Yes, just the one
four try bonus point, for Edinburgh. Nobody thinking about bonus points
in the wind and rain this evening so far. Get it done and dusted.
Matavesi trying to get them over the try line. Note meaningful attacking
rugby, just sizing each other up and looking for mistakes. It doesn't
take anything out of the Edinburgh defence. The Ospreys haven't had a
lot of possession. James King set up the initial run.
The magic of Sam Davies at its best. You have to watch everything around
him. It's not just the dummy, it is the support play around them. There
are too many people and he knows it. He is so aware of who was around him
and Josh Matavesi on the little scissors. Look how flat he takes it.
A lovely decoy run from Sam Underhill. That is a fantastic score
instigated by Sam Davies. Now they are on their way. Sam Davies adds
the conversion. That contribution showing what a talent he is. That is
why there is all the talk about him. You can talk about the threat all
week and you can see the Edinburgh defenders go for Sam Underhill. He
is so flat and has so many options around him. The finish was
brilliant. Just as we were saying there was no meaningful rugby so
far, there was then, instigated by Sam Davies and finished by Sam
Matarese -- Josh Matavesi. The Ospreys confident. Josh Matavesi
pushes them back. It does not go dead. It is a great kick. A decent
return from Duncan Weir. Brilliant territory again. A couple
of great kicks. Duncan Weir 40 had relieved the pressure. Sam Davies
picked his head up and he can kick it on a sixpence. They have an
option of kickers with Josh Matavesi and Dan Evans as well. Tom
Habberfield is a good kicker as well. Magnus Bradbury comes to win
it. Steve Tandy will look at the net
result. It is now a set piece not far outside the 22 with the
elements. You look at repeat sets from your kicking game. That is what
Sam Davies gives you. Sam Davies again is so flat. Bodies
in the way of Tom Habberfield. Nicky Smith battling on.
James King makes good ground. Not held. He makes an extra metre or
two. Grant Gilchrist trying to get Edinburgh out from that defensive
area they have been in for a few minutes. It was a good carry by
James King but he was caught off-guard and had the ball ripped
out. Dan Evans takes it safely. A good step as well. Great Hands from
Tyler Ardron. That was close, I thought it went back. A bit harsh
but George Clancy is closer than this. He gets back to his feet and
almost get caught off-guard. You just sends that the Ospreys
could take one more chance before half-time. Let's go back down pitch
side to Catrin Heledd. You were putting pressure on the Ospreys
early doors but you conceded a try. We were really disappointed with the
try. We controlled the first 15 minutes. We kept turning the Ospreys
defence. A show and go from Sam Davies and we know he let that so we
are really disappointed with that. Our kicking game has been ragged
since then. A word about the conditions as well. It's freezing.
It is affecting things and it is who handles the conditions better. In
the last ten minutes the Ospreys have handled the matter. A big
strong wind coming towards us on the sideline. Thank you. That was a
better looking scrum from the Ospreys. Nicky Smith is getting to
grips. He will have the better of this tight head, Murray McCallum.
Both who said some pretty dominant. Two old heads on the far side, Nicky
Smith and Alasdair Dickinson. A good drive on by Chris Dean. Duncan Weir.
Dan Evans has time to set himself. That is a good return.
Blair Kinghorn has a big boot on him as well. Sam Davies looks for the
far corner immediately. Tries to push it behind Rory Scholes. It's a
great kick because he had the gap. That is not a bad kick either. It is
blustery but is going more across field now. They have been some good
kicks from Sam Davies and Dan Evans and Blair Kinghorn and Duncan Weir.
It is not a difficult night to kick. I am also impressed with Sam Parry.
His throwing in has been good. A little dink by Sam Davies. It pops
up to Kieron Fonotia. Lovely for Keelan Giles. Back goes Duncan Weir.
This is a chance. The kick only as far away as Dafydd Howells. Josh
Matavesi. Olly Cracknell. The Ospreys have lost it. Disappointing.
It is a crucial area and that is twice Edinburgh have stolen it in
this area. New York clock ring on his own. -- Neil Cochrane. Dafydd
Howells calls for it. Good work by Kieron Fonotia. The
Ospreys forcing it a little bit. They probably feel like they are in
the game after that try. This was the Olly Cracknell turnover. Good
play from the hooker Neil Cochrane. The half-hour mark. Last ten minutes
of the first half. Is it a 7-point wind? It probably is but the
question is whether Edinburgh can break the Ospreys defence down.
Steve Tandy will be looking for one more chance. This could be it. For
once the kick is overcooked. They won't be too many high scores around
the Pro12 today and tomorrow with the weather.
Tyler Ardron has won some good line-out ball. Sam Underhill. A
defensive wall in front of them. Nicky Smith again. Olly Cracknell.
Brian Mujati on the blindside. James King. It has to be patient stuff
from the Ospreys. Edinburgh are coming off the line. They are
putting some good hits in. That defeat against the Cardiff Blues
last week really hurt them. They were in the driving seat and a late
Lloyd Williams try lead to them losing by a pod. The Ospreys are
expecting them to be fired off of this one. They realise they might
have a sniff with the elements. Rory Scholes desperately trying to cut
out the pass. It's the options of the dummy runners that gave Sam
Davies a chance of creating something. Back go the Ospreys.
Jamie Ritchie putting pressure on Dan Evans. All coming from the big
hit from Ben Toolis. Kieron Fonotia. You can tell the Ospreys are
delighted with that. They are 10-3 ahead. Griff Rhys is with Catrin
Heledd. Is it mattered of being patient? Yes. Both sides have good
kicking options. We've had a couple of good opportunities. We have been
really scruffy. A word on the conditions. They are difficult. It
is about managing the second half knowing that Edinburgh are loading
their backfield. And a word about Sam Davies. He has shown some great
skill up there this evening. One of our messages to get the ball in his
hands a bit more. We have not really got him on the front foot. Plenty to
talk about when they get into the nice warm changing rooms. Griff Rhys
will want the Ospreys to play the elements but more than they are at
the moment. More pick and go with the forwards. If they have the
confidence to play a bit more that is where they will get them. A quick
tap and go from Tom Habberfield. Trying to catch those defenders in
coaching. Sam Parry to James King. Sam Davies looking for the show and
go again. Sam Underhill coming from deep.
Making life difficult. Josh Matavesi threading through. Blair Kinghorn.
Josh Matavesi again, looking for the far corner. He manages to keep it in
somehow. Josh Matavesi going down field. Was that forward? Now says
George Clancy. Was it in touch? Did he not good forward? Was it a
forward pass? If they did it all cleanly, the play to them. It was a
great kick by Josh Matavesi. They got out of jail there. Not to
concede a line-out in their own 22 and, Edinburgh did well. Dan Evans
and Dafydd Howells have done well to rescue that. Olly Cracknell. Hard
yards. Nothing flash. Very important to keep the Ospreys going forward. I
have been impressed with Edinburgh's defence. They have been very
physical. They are coming off the line quickly and the Ospreys have
played into their hands in the last 20 minutes.
Ben Toolis, the second row, capped once by Scotland against Italy two
years ago. He is the main line man. They won't want to lose him. He has
been throwing yourself around. His head was on the wrong side to start.
Olly Cracknell's movement meant he had a knock to the side of the head.
He's got a Berber stiff neck as well. He will go to answer some
questions and go through his head injury protocol.
Grant Gilchrist with safe front line ball. The Ospreys need to keep their
discipline here. They will want to give any penalties away allowing
Edinburgh to kick downfield. Edinburgh have been tactically very
good. That was a perfect kick from Sam Hidalgo-Clyne. Grant Gilchrist.
That is a very well placed by Sam Hidalgo-Clyne. He is managing the
conditions well. This is not a night for a fullback. Dan Evans got caught
central. Keelan Giles was flat in the line. Plenty of space for Sam
Hidalgo-Clyne to hit. The Ospreys lose a crucial defensive
line-out and they are and the pressure. Chris Dean gets to Glenn
Bryce. Damien Hoyland steps back inside. The one mistake the Ospreys
have made and now they are defending for their lives just before
half-time. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne has a look. Right in front of the posts.
You just feel they have to take this. It's all about these close
quarters. The Ospreys not committing too many to the breakdown. Grant
Gilchrist. The final minute of the first half. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne get it
out wide. The Ospreys trying to hold up. He has got his need to the
floor. Murray McCallum. The crowd urging Edinburgh on. Duncan Weir.
Glenn Bryce. Very good defence by the Ospreys and the ball is not
forward. They have ended the first half with that try line intact. You
see in that set what I talked about earlier about can Edinburgh get over
the line? They don't score enough tries. The Ospreys are so powerful
and they never looked in trouble, even on their own line. The physical
specimens they have should be the difference. That one score from Josh
Matavesi might be enough. The Ospreys know they need one solid
scrum and that 7-point advantage will see them into the interval. One
more bit of concentration from the forwards.
Edinburgh can give it everything. A great scrum from Nicky Smith. The
scrum incomplete so they will have to go down again. Both looseheads
are dominant here. James King sensibly as the scrum was
wheeling around not forcing the ball out.
Neil Cochrane is trying to say to the referee that the angles of the
Ospreys second rows are shifting the scrum and causing the wheel. He is
clutching at straws to be honest. I don't know how he can see the angles
of the Ospreys second row from where he is! Final play of the first half.
That's better. Solid. Tom Habberfield and Sam Davies to the
necessary for the Ospreys. Not a classic but you would not expected
in conditions. Both sides just testing each other out but the one
moment of magic in the first half provided by Sam Davies providing the
trifle Josh Matavesi. 10-3 the Ospreys lead. What will that wind
advantage be worth rest in Mark Tom Habberfield is with Catrin Heledd. A
bit of pressure at the end but your defence held firm. It has been all
us first half. Little bit of pressure but our defence has been
great all season. They did try different things in that first
quarter and are still in this game. It is a one score game. It's going
to be that sneaky try that will win the game so we have to stay in it.
Not great to watch, what is it like to play in? My hands on a bit cold.
I have to go in and warm up for the second half.
Those conditions are the talking point this evening. The conditions
are difficult for the players but it did not affect Duncan Weir with its
first attempt at goal. Sam Davies levelled the scores shortly
afterwards. Then he produced the one moment of magic and what a moment it
was. The patch to Josh Matavesi to finish the try.
Martyn Williams, Edinburgh did have an opportunity before half-time to
draw level but this Ospreys defence is so good. That could be a crucial
moment. It was a big turning point. One mistake the Ospreys had made and
it was a great opportunity for Edinburgh. But the Ospreys don't
commit to rucks. They make double tackles. They don't overcome it.
They found the field. Initially they were under pressure but once they
slowed the ball down at no stage did they look like they were going to
concede a try. The Ospreys have some big physical forwards. They were
winning the collisions. The Ospreys had the wind in the first half. If
Edinburgh came away with anything they might have been a tricky second
half but 10-3 for the Ospreys, the coaches will be happy with that. Did
you ever suffer with cold hands? It is nice and warm in here! Going back
to Sam Davies. There is a subplot to this game. Is Sam Davies auditioning
for a Wales spot? It was class, that wondered of magic. He started off
the game. It is a great attack from the Ospreys. If you look at the
Ospreys options, he has three guys he can give it to. There is a big
gap and this is just vision. A great line from Josh Matavesi. He runs an
angle. The off-load, the composure from Sam Davies, he doesn't panic.
Out of the back door and it's a brilliant try. That is why people
are knocking down Rob Howley's door to include him. He can do that.
Compare him to Dan Biggar, Dan Biggar has so many strengths but
that would not be the strongest part of his game. That is an outstanding
piece of magic. When you are the guy knocking on the door, stuff like
that is not to your case any harm. He is very good at what he does. His
kicking game from left to right is great. He is quality player. The
pressure on Dan beggar -- Dan Biggar, whether he goes with on the
weekend it will be an interesting one. The conditions have dictated
tonight and it has been a kicking game tonight. With Sam Davies in
their side the Ospreys get the advantage more often than not. It is
very tactical at the moment. Edinburgh have spotted there is no
scrum half because Tom Habberfield is in the front line defending. They
went for the chip to three times. You can see Tom Habberfield on that
front line. A little bit of pressure on Sam Davies in that backfield. The
conditions are dictating how this game is being played. You can see
Sam Davies there, it's not the greatest of kicks but the Ospreys
have that chase line and it's forcing Edinburgh to kick into that
strong wind. The Ospreys are winning that kicking battle at the moment
and it. As we saw last week when the Blues were up in Edinburgh games
like these in conditions like these are on by small margins. The Ospreys
unlikely to get another four try bonus point victory so a lead like
that at half-time is a precious one. It is but they had the wind so you
would expect them to going with the lead.
They are working hard, but they haven't got the Stardust of a Sam
Davies so they struggled to unlock the differences so I figured Ospreys
will be pleased with the first half. Tactics in the second half?
Edinburgh don't score many tries, so if the Ospreys get another score, is
it time to put your foot on the ball and defend? In the Pro12 you've got
to score at least 23 points to win a game and that's what Edinburgh have
struggled to do this season, the third lowest in the league for try
scoring ability. It's interesting, they will have to play the territory
game. They have the conditions behind them in this half but they
must show more enterprise, they've got Hidalgo-Clyne and Hoyland, they
must get their better players on the ball. The Ospreys are going to have
to carry a lot, you look at their bench, Dan Baker, he can come and
close the game out. Let's see what's happening in Belfast because the
Scarlets fans are going to be interested on what's going on as
Ulster are playing Zebre. Just one try in a rain-soaked Belfast, Jared
Payne back from injury playing in the centre position with one try for
Ulster, 7-0 against Zebre. They will be targeting the four try bonus
victory because that would take them level with the Scarlets with a game
in hand. The Scarlets just about maintaining the Goujon in fourth
place thanks to the heroic victory in Munster last weekend -- the
cushion. They have another Irish visit this weekend, facing Leinster
and Jonathan Evans took us for a look behind-the-scenes. Than Jones
with the long pass to Tom Williams, it could be a third try for the
Scarlets. He scrapes in, is that the comeback and the win of the season?
It's Thursday morning, about 20 to eight, we're going to give you
behind-the-scenes footage of our preparations for Leinster, but
first, breakfast. A couple of try scorers from the weekend, Tom
Williams in the corner. Every morning we have breakfast, usually
eggs and beans and toast, Bacon if we're lucky. That's breakfast, now
it's time for the weights. Back to the gym, we are doing a power
session today. Get some speed into the lakes, things like that.
Everything we're doing is power based. Your shocking playlist!
Just having a look back over training now in my break before
physio. The defensive system we will use against Leinster this weekend.
This is Matt, the head physio here. Getting a bit of treatment now
before the session this afternoon. That's the physio treatment done. A
couple of boys getting treatment before the session this afternoon.
Now where going to have a team meeting. The last part of the day,
on the field, the forwards and backs coming back for the session. The
last chance to come together before we head to Leinster tomorrow. Hope
you enjoyed the book around. See you in Dublin. -- the look around.
Scarlets will be happy if Treviso denials that the bonus point this
evening. Leinster against Scarlets tomorrow evening, a crucial one in
the race for the play-offs. Update for you, you may have heard about
the former Wales women International, Elli Norkett, they
held the game this evening as a tribute to her, they are doing her
proud, 53-0, Cardiff Met leading Loughborough, so congratulations to
them. So, the Scarlets. Incredible victory, we talked about it last
night, Ritchie, 21-6 down at one stage at Thomond Park. Doing it when
you come from 15 points behind there is very impressive. Testament to the
strength of the squad, you saw Johnny on the screen but if you look
at the scrum harms, Gareth Davies and company. -- scrum-halves. They
were 21-6 down and as we'll see, when Aled Davies came on, he had a
huge impact, he came on at 53 minutes and he was involved in all
three tries. Huge positive for the Scarlets that they have him back and
the strength and depth. Ulster haven't lost at Thomond Park in the
years, so coming back is a huge victory for the Scarlets and keeps
them in the running for the top four. Certainly does. Was there any
reason for Jonny Evans to have his top off in that BT, and what's going
on with James Davies' hair? I'm not going to comment about hair! I wish
I could have a style like that. They are in good nick, so I would get my
top off if I had abs like that. The run in four Scarlets and Ulster,
Gary to be very tight between them. It is, you look and the run ins,
who's going to pick up points. The weather could do the Scarlets a
favour tonight, a tough pitch for Ulster, if they get the bonus
points. The head of the game in many ways, the Scarlets, didn't expect
them to win in Munster, so if they get anything in Leinster, it will
put them in a good place. This is what it's all about, the race for
them is ever more exciting. Five rounds to go after this one. Plenty
to look forward to in the Pro12 in the coming weeks and months. A lots
to look forward to now because Edinburgh are going to kick off
against the Ospreys, who are 10-3 up.
COMMENTATOR: The only changes at half-time, a couple of clean shirts
to some of the players. Much-needed. It has been nonstop rain and the
Myreside. 10-3, the Ospreys lead. Now we'll see how the tactics
developed over the second 40. Sam Davies, long, only as far as Du
Preez. They will be far more ready to go aerial in the second half,
Edinburgh. Ban Evans, solid as usual. A big half of the season for
the Ospreys. I don't say that lightly. In my experience of
coaching and winning Celtic League titles, these periods are vital,
these games are crucial. As the boys in the studio said, a top two place
is vital because it's a tough semifinal and home advantage plays.
Ospreys sitting second and the moment. A win will take them top.
They must perfect this move. That will be a big boost for Edinburgh,
the ball not collected. We know how quickly things can change. Any
impetus, as we saw in Scotland, Wales were looking comfortable but a
couple of mistakes and then Scotland had their tails up and the game was
on. Spot on. Penalties come into play as well now. Having the
elements, the Ospreys need to keep their discipline.
In the open spaces, running at nine and ten, the number eight, Du Preez.
Tiring stuff, putting in tackle after tackle. Hoyland, dangerously
supporting Duncan Weir. Just watch the 22 metre line now, let's see how
many yards they get over that. The thing for the Ospreys isn't so much
the line break, it is the off line. Free ball kicked through by the
Ospreys. Advantage over. The clean catch called. Great to see the
interchangeability of the back three. Giles on this wing, and
Howells who has already played here for the Ospreys was in the full-back
spot because ban Evans had gone to the side. Great kick from Sam
Davies, he saw the defence coming across. Could have done another
couple of yards. Going past Hoyland initially, but Davies was there to
gather it. Du Preez this time. The pressure is coming on from Edinburgh
and the start of the second half. That's the third or fourth chip into
that chip zone. They are so secure in the defensive line they can
afford to have somebody sweeping in that area. Through the middle they
try and come but the ball was spilled forward.
Ardron, a nice clean white shirt. It was!
That's a mistake. The wind is now going to the far stand, coming from
behind us and Edinburgh. Looking at the touch judge's flags. Just
putting too much on that, Sam Davies.
Looking for the drive here, Jamie Ritchie is in the scrum-half
position. Toolis is back on the field and takes it. That is so
frustrating for anybody involved with Edinburgh. It is a bit of a let
off, we said about the energy sapping tackling in the 22. The
Ospreys pride themselves. Just holding his shoulder there.
Chris Towers, the long-standing original Ospreys physio therapist.
Just the knock-on, you can see he has gone to floor. George Clancy and
the assistant referee spotted it. The bench could play a big part in
this and on the face of it, the Ospreys have the stronger bench.
They do, and with experience, in two areas, ball carrying, people like
Dan Baker and Joe Bearman, but the solid defensive line, Paul James,
the experience he has, Rhodri Jones is a physical animal, and Brendon
Leonard, the All Black. Fonotia, not much time there. Under
real pressure. Mujati stays down. There's a bit of
space for Chris Dean. Sam Davies, tackled hard on the ground.
Brilliant work from Davies, had a field was over the ball, so no one
was in the back field. Now they have to work all the way from the try
line. Howells in the goal-line area. Habberfield takes on the
responsibility and makes absolutely sure. That's a good relieving kick
from Habberfield. In these areas Edinburgh are selling themselves on
a charge now. They know that the kickers have to get it away, they
can't run it out in these conditions.
Fonotia left that clearance kick infield and they are under pressure
again. Sam Davies showing the other side of his game, scrambling back to
rescue his team. Feel a bit sorry for young Jay Baker
on the bench, another prospect, the winner. He's not going to see much
ball tonight. Didn't get off the bench last week and he may not do
this week either. So Mujati stays on. Going past the 47 he played last
week. Doesn't look happy about it, mind! Ospreys challenged, and
sacking Toolis immediately. Illegally. This is what they are
looking for, Duncan Weir is looking up to the coaching both for
direction. Still looking up. Someone is going to have to make the call.
Neil Cochrane, the on field captain. They are backing themselves. Toolis
has won nearly every ball, you'd think they would double up on him
and put him under pressure. They know that he is the biggest ball
winner in the league. Playing in the air. Edinburgh going for the telling
blow. All the pressure has come from the home side in this second half.
Jamie Ritchie, ready to attach himself to an Edinburgh drive.
Toolis, goes without saying, wins the line-out. That's a great drive,
Cochrane adding his weight. They are short of the line. Cochrane trying
to sneak his way over, a couple of metres to go. He Gambo client,
McAllen coming around the corner -- Hidalgo-Clyne. Penalty advantage,
Edinburgh. Looking to come back on terms. Just by the skin of their
teeth, the Ospreys survived but only for the moment. The Ospreys will be
happy to give away a penalty here. They've gone for the corner, they
failed to score. Yes, they've given away the penalty. The Ospreys take
it to the wire. George Clancy here. Yes, smart defenders, they'll know
when to give away a penalty and when not to. The best sides take it to
the edge. Edinburgh have two score here. They've chosen to go for the
corner, toning down the points. I would have gone for points. Chances
will be limited. If they score it will -- if they don't score it will
be a massive boost for the Ospreys. Forced change Dickinson is still
down and Appiah comes onto the field. The game may be close. The
Ospreys held them out. More to come, though, pretty soon. Interesting,
Toolis, winning nearly every ball. Bluff, double bluff, you'd think
they'd have a crack at him. Just hoping that isn't a serious injury
for Alasdair Dickinson. Leinster, the top team at the moment, against
Scarlets, tomorrow night. Not many better places to go and play and
win. Great win in Munster, to repeat it in Leinster would be incredible
for the Scarlets. We'll see what we'll be discussing on Sunday
evening. This looks like it could be a break. Let's hope not. Alasdair
Dickinson, only his second game of the season. Conditions are pretty
awful, I should imagine. Treviso losing 0- seven and Connacht, about
12-0 up against Zebre. 12-3, in fact. Conditions are certainly
playing their part all over the Pro12 this evening. They are a real
leveller, not just the handling skills, but the kicking and rowing.
You seen the props slipping off the jerseys in the bind, sometimes you
lose your feet, Duncan Weir has lost his plant foot on kicks. Poor old
Alasdair Dickinson. His comeback game. Departing with what looks like
a serious ankle or leg injury. Let's just hope for the best. Yes, you
never want to see that. A great spell at Gloucester, one of my
former clubs and a great career with Scotland. Coming back at loosehead,
a decent game tonight. Here we go. Neil Cochrane, safely
cradling the ball under the towel to keep it dry to get the line-out they
want for a drive. Oh, would you believe it? Ben Toolis missing a
line-out! Just seen it too many times. You have to score there. You
put pressure on yourself because you've turned down the three. The go
to man, what was it, was it the left? The throw looked OK. Well, the
most successful line-out Ford mag in the Pro12 this season, and at the
crucial moment, things don't go right for Ben Toolis and a let off
for the Ospreys -- of the most successful line-out forward.
James King looking to scramble away from the mess of that ground. --
that scrum. Dangerous moments for the Ospreys. James King carrying
again. Does so much work for the Ospreys, such an underrated player.
Sam Davies getting enough on it to relieve the pressure for the
Ospreys. For all the good play that you want to see on your screens, you
know, if you are in the coaching stand, that's an excellent Cruz from
a difficult scrum. Two card carries under pressure, the clearance kick
undercharged down pressure and you relieve it. Steve Tandy is sitting
there very happy with his boys for that. One dozen minutes in the
second-half played almost exclusively Ospreys territory. Rigid
is in midfield, Du Preez is in midfield -- Ritchie. Toolis had to
readjust. Du Preez with the first carry. Good tackle coming in there,
it was under Hill, working in tandem with cracked bell. Two great
prospects, shame to see them go. -- cracked bell -- Cracknell. The
technique is excellent, the movement forward. Who is attacking who?
Perfectly positioned. The leg drive is important, for those youngsters,
get your head in the right position and drive your legs.
Still a one score game. Still uncomfortably close for the Ospreys.
Good control by James King. Yeah it's been an uncomfortable two
scrums for Derrick Appiah since he's come on. The new opponent, not
providing the same kind of threat as the old experienced Alasdair
Dickinson. I say old, he is 33! A bit harsh! Older. Topical,
substitutions in the Six Nations over the last couple of weeks. Watch
the game and look at your players, talk to your staff and players and
make decisions on the hoof, not premeditated. Particularly because
you haven't seen the conditions until you get here. You are managing
it as you go along and I'm sure that's what's we've will be doing
now. -- what Steve will be doing. Sam Parry, the Ospreys getting out
of their own half. Very, very well controlled drive. Really good work
by the Ospreys forwards. After soaking up all of that
pressure, the Ospreys, if they get points now, that will be a huge
psychological blow. Managing field position and possession, no silly
errors or plays, just the hard yards. That's what it will be about.
Sharing the load. Cracknell carries, King carries, Ardron carries. A
different kick, the high one taken well by Kinghorn. A good chase,
though, by Matavesi. Tactically the kick was perfect because it was
outside the 22 meaning that Kinghorn couldn't mark the ball. Bradbury
trying to put Edinburgh on the front foot. The ground is cutting up
there. It's still a pretty good condition considering. Excellent,
yes. Underhill with the feed to
Cracknell. Oh, dangerous ball to Thornton. Glenn Brice flying at him.
He's struggling with that shoulder, Thornton. I don't think he can go on
much longer. The pass going into the back of Underhill and now the
pressure is on David Howell 's -- Dafydd Howells. Difficult but you
must be accurate. He did well, Howells, and the Ospreys have
scrambled well. It's the kind of game that can turn on one mistake,
as much as one bit of magic which we saw from Sam Davies in the first
half. Kinghorn is looking to see where the strength is. Scholes
coming in off the wing. Well taken by Chris Dean. Underhill
is down now, and Thornton is struggling. They will have to look
to their bench pretty soon, the Ospreys, by the look of it. It's
tiring out there. It can be difficult for the subs to get on and
get into the pace and intensity of the game. A good carry from
Gilchrist. King again. Great adjustment. So
much work. I think he's the one, they will have to move the second
row if Thornton goes off. Joe Bearman and Dan Baker, the two back
replacements on the Ospreys' bench. Oh, Appiah, the crowd come alive.
They are beginning to find one or two holes now. Ardron is struggling
so they will have to look at changes now. A bit of pace. Well covered by
Matavesi. Some tired looking Ospreys defenders out there at the moment,
they are feeling every hit at the moment. Appiah puts them under more
pressure. Bradbury stays down as well. And Thornton is really
struggling at the moment. Some tired bodies! Straight through the middle,
Edinburgh. Gilchrist trying to do the same.
would expect them to going with the lead.
All 16/ delighted the ball went out to the left wing because it gave
them arrest. A huge shift from both teams in" is. Keelan Giles studies
ground. If you dive in and let your feet get too far-away up added. Here
come the cavalry. Sam Underhill looks like he's done. Stuart
McInally is on. Grant Gilchrist is going off. Dan Baker is coming on.
Let's see what the Ospreys management think of it. Griff Rhys
is with Catrin Heledd. Quite a bit of possession for Edinburgh. No
points and you must be happy with the defensive effort. The defensive
effort is huge. We have put ourselves under pressure. We had a
couple of half opportunities that it is too tired looking sides out
there. Some very tired bodies out there. Your bench looking very
strong this evening. We have some good options. This block of work has
been a tough one. We have to try and survive this last 20. The game is
crying out for a bit of magic. We have had a couple of half
opportunities but we were inaccurate. It is a two score game.
Thank you. Dan Baker is on for the Ospreys. A triple change in the home
pack. Stuart McInally and Lewis Carmichael on for Edinburgh. Joe
Bearman is busting a gut to command and he is coming on now for this
scrum. Paul James is stripped off as well. Joe Bearman coming on for Rory
Thornton which means James King will go into the second row. They have
lost the openside. Olly Cracknell will probably play there. The
Ospreys have gone for the line-out. That was a very tight call from
George Clancy. Let's have a look at it again. It was a great line-out.
George Clancy saying the tackle was complete because Tom Habberfield was
on the floor and he had to be released. George Clancy was spot on.
Sam Parry has been impressive tonight. Defensively solid. I would
not be surprised if he plays for Wales in the future. Paul James
coming on to play his 150th league game for the Ospreys, breaking the
record of Duncan Jones. He had a couple of years with Bath as well so
that is some going. Congratulations to him. A real store. He was there
in 2003 and good to see still going strong. No points in the third
quarter. Most of the pressure coming from Edinburgh. Good defensive work
from the Ospreys. It's only one score game still. Chris
Dean. Murray McCallum and Rory Scholes not sure who was going to go
for it. James King was so good with his workrate that Dan Baker has two
emulate that. He had a tendency when he was younger to drift in and out
of games. He can't afford to do that. Ulster have got a third try to
extend their lead. What do they do now? Do they close the gap will go
for the corner? Sam Hidalgo-Clyne is looking for the corner. Does anyone
make any decisions any more? The original Captain Neil Cochrane has
left. Again this is a moral victory for the Ospreys. They have gone for
the corner twice and the Ospreys have held them out. Now they have
resorted to the three points. Even if he does get it over it will be a
relief for the Ospreys to get done the other side off the field. I
would have gone for the original three but that it has gone now. The
last place the Ospreys want to be is on the line defending.
Very well struck by Duncan Weir. First points of the second half.
That puts them back within four points. A great strike and great
composure. It's not just the elements but they have been pounding
at each other, tired bodies, and we have a game on now. This is one for
the purists. Mike Allen the latest replacement for Edinburgh.
Joe Bearman going back of. James King has come back on. It was just a
temporary change. Hugh Gustafson on in the front row as well.
Sam Davies looking for a different kick in between the two defenders.
His left-to-right kick was skewered by the elements. Dan Evans looking
for that left-hand corner because of the breeze. A clean catch called
for. The Ospreys will want to spend some time down here. Every minute
counts down. Steve Tandy will be looking at that the clock. They have
had very little possession. It is still alive. Dafydd Howells. If they
can squeeze out a penalty they would take it now. Need to keep hands on
the ball first. Dan Baker. That bench will have to get some work
done now. It has been a big shift from Edinburgh. But if they don't
get over the line here where are they going? They don't look like a
team languishing in ninth with only four wins this season. Conditions
may be a leveller but they have been a match for the Ospreys this
evening. You can't question their efforts. This is where the Ospreys
have to be careful. I don't think Dan Evans will fag Sam Davies for
that pass. -- thank. Damien Hoyland. Looking to manufacture the kick from
the outside of the boot. The Ospreys looking to reply with interest. It
might not be great to watch but there is some great kicking going
on. That is not so good. Who will blink first? That is a good kick
from Sam Davies. Gives time for the chase. It forces that from Blair
Kinghorn. That is what it was all about. Who cracks first. It's a
tight game and it's tough and it's about errors from the kicks. Each
team has their backfield in place but it's too cracks first and it was
Edinburgh. The Ospreys now can consolidate field position to try
and build on the lead. Some of those hamstrings are crying out at the
moment. You talk about the forwards but the wingers have to chase
everything and chase back and cover. Hugh Gustafson finds his man in the
line-out. And this could be up the moment for the Ospreys. He fancies
it. There is a decision. He grabbed the ball straightaway and said posts
straightaway. That shows the maturity of the young lad. It's not
a matter of who is doing what, I'll have it. The Ospreys would have
talked about that collectively at half-time, any opportunities if Sam
Davies feels he can get it, take it. They are on the same page. If he
wants it why wouldn't you let him have it? Absolutely. This is a big
kick for Sam Davies. A big kick for the Ospreys for the whole season.
They need the breathing space of three points. It has been provided
by Sam Davies. What an effort. Magic hands first half, dependable kicking
in the second. Overconfidence. Straight down the middle. It is a
tough night for kickers and he has struck it sweetly. They are back
with a 7-point advantage. A converted try would draw Edinburgh
level but they need that converge as well. -- conversion. It has been an
absorbing game. That hit, they have been crunching stuff.
That was a forward pass surely. Not given. Back to what we saw for the
whole of the opening of the second half. That is more aggressive
defence by the Ospreys. Winning precious yards. Glenn Bryce. Duncan
Weir. Duncan Weir is not a threat. He is not attached. Kevin Bryce.
Duncan Weir. Stuart McInally. Good quick ball. Duncan Weir trying to
put some peace in it. Glenn Bryce. Normally a fullback. Played the last
few games in the centre. The 22 metre line, let's see where they go
from it. Derrick Appiah. They are having to work for every metre. The
Ospreys pushing them backwards. In position again for the next wave of
attack. The pitch getting stickier by the minute. Half a gap for Sam
Hidalgo-Clyne. Good tackle by Dan Baker. Lewis Carmichael. Not rolling
away Joe Bearman. In front of the sticks, you have to take the three
points. It was a rapid tackle and he can't get out of there. His left arm
was trapped. Joe Bearman in his last season with the Ospreys. A great
servant for the Dragons and the Ospreys. 38 last week. You won't see
a man in fine condition. He keeps himself in great condition. He is
great to have around the environment. A lovely guy and Martin
bad player. On his way to Merthyr, that is the talk. No comment. Duncan
Weir gets his third of the evening. It is such a close fought battle.
Every point is vital. That is what makes the game so interesting. It
has been difficult conditions but Edinburgh are still in the game. The
Ospreys can get clear because of the lack of possession this half. It has
been intriguing stuff and it is still time for something to happen
yet. Rhodri Jones the latest Ospreys replacement. Just six and a half
minutes remaining. There hasn't been more than a score between the two
teams all game. Edinburgh still very much in it. A great take by Damien
Hoyland. Steps on the gas on the far side. The brawl in Edinburgh's
hands. Duncan Weir calls for it. Quick hands from him. My gallon cuts
back from the wing. Deep into the Ospreys 22. The Ospreys now they are
up against it now. The crowd have come alive as Edinburgh go in search
of what could be a winning try. The Ospreys have slowed it down. Nathan
Fowles the new scrum half for Edinburgh. Lewis Carmichael with the
pick and go. It is thrilling stuff. After all the defending the Ospreys
have done they have still got more to do. But in this position you
still back the Ospreys. Every inch counts for Edinburgh. Kevin Bryce
drives on. Who is going to be the man over the ball. Sam Parry and Sam
Underhill are off the field. The Ospreys cannot get their hands on
the ball. Dan Baker Getty tackling. The forwards doing all the work for
the moment. Nathan Fowles bringing them in once more. They are not
going to go further than a couple of yards. Duncan Weir. Chris Dean holds
onto it. The Ospreys looking for a maul and looking for the scrum. The
tackle completed and its Edinburgh ball -- ball. After succumbing to a
1-point defeat against the Blues last week now Edinburgh at trying to
turn it into a 1-point win maybe later on against the Ospreys. All
the pressure coming from the home side. It comes down to this. Knocked
on. Relief for the Ospreys. With just three and half minutes to go
could that be enough? You have to give credit to both sides but
particularly the Ospreys. They know their roles, they are physically
dominant. They are patient. No silly penalties given away. Nobody going
for the ball unnecessarily. A big scrum for Rhodri Jones, his first
one since coming on. As it is for Hugh Gustafson. The clock ticking
down. The Ospreys hanging onto this lead at the moment. They will be
happy if this scrum takes all night. Discipline has been terrific from
the Ospreys. The crowd frustrated as the scrum for the second time cannot
set and that is a whole minute taken off. I think there should be time
off in reset scrums. This is an easy area of the game to knock the clock.
It has been such an effort from both teams. Such a defensive effort from
the Ospreys in the second half. Can they hold onto two more minutes? Dan
Baker runs at Duncan Weir. In their own 22. 90 seconds is all
they have to do. Keep the ball away from Edinburgh. But it's dangerous
in these conditions. In the end they opt for the kick and Josh Matavesi
puts it into the stands. What a scrum and what a carry from Dan
Baker. He put a big tackle in a couple of minutes earlier. And
mention for Tom Habberfield the captain as well. He has stayed on
for the whole duration. This is the break from Damien Hoyland. It
possibly could have created something for Edinburgh. The final
40 seconds of the game. Nathan Fowles makes a half-break. Edinburgh
have to throw the kitchen sink at it. This is their one chance to get
a win. They have not been that many in the league. The Ospreys need to
stand firm for the final 15 seconds. Duncan Weir. Chris Dean. Final play
coming up. Duncan Weir. Jamie Ritchie. The trusted Ospreys defence
needs to hold out once more. Can they force a mistake? Lewis
Carmichael. On the Ospreys 22. Nathan Fowles. The defence has been
superb all evening. They need to call on every bit of strength and it
has turned over. They just need to get the ball off the park. Kieron
Fonotia desert and the Ospreys have held on. It has been a titanic
effort in the rain. They hugely physical encounter but the Ospreys
defence and all kinds of pressure comes through in the end. The
Ospreys are still on winning ways. They have beaten Edinburgh 13-9.
Some get sea defence and the game swung on this one moment of magic
from Sam Davies. The off-load putting Josh Matavesi through. A
couple of kicks in that second half, two from Duncan Weir and one from
Sam Davies. This is the table. Zebre. We said at the end of the
first half that the Ospreys kept themselves ahead on the scoreboard
through Getty defence. I think Edinburgh could have been there all
night and not score the try. It what's makes the Ospreys such good
team. The score a lot of tries when it's a fine day but in those
conditions it was a very good effort. It is wins like that they
will look back on and that get you home semifinals. They have one ten
four try bonus points this season but its wings like that that make
you a championship winning side. They score the tries but when they
have two they shut down their defensive line. They really have
more than one person in that contact area. Teams always struggled to
break you down. Tom Habberfield is with Catrin Heledd. Top of the
league but Edinburgh did not make it easy for you. It was a tough game.
Tough conditions. They stuck to it until the end. It was a moment of
magic from Sam Davies and that's good for him if he is thinking of
oils next week. He's a good player and it shows with his performances.
Are you now thinking about the top two and not the top four.
Definitely, it's possible and that's what the boys believe. It's great to
have our fans here and we will try and do it for them. Top two for the
Ospreys now they have to be thinking in those terms. They have done it
before. The final is in Dublin and they have won twice in Dublin so
they are looking good. Wins like that will go a long way to ceiling
that home semifinal. If they don't get the top two, they would have to
go to Munster Leinster which is difficult. They have some tough
games but I would expect them to finish in the top two now. Can they
win the title this year? Yes. Great to speak to you both. Thanks for
watching at home. The Ospreys at this stage of the season said on top
of the league. Join us for scrum five on Sunday when we will be
reviewing all the Pro12 action and of course we will be looking ahead
to the big one, Wales against Ireland. We lost to Scotland but we
have to put it right against Ireland. We are fine margins away
from being a world-class team. We have got unbelievable talent in that
squad. The players need to back their own ability and play smart
because we know what Ireland can do. Everyone is looking forward to it.
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Ross Harries presents coverage of Edinburgh v Ospreys, with former Wales international Richie Rees and former Ospreys head coach Sean Holley.