Dragons v Ospreys Scrum V


Dragons v Ospreys

Ross Harries presents live coverage from Rodney Parade as Ospreys take on Dragons in the Pro12. Studio guests are Jonathan Davies, Martyn Williams and Sean Holley.


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2017 has arrived and we are at Rodney Parade for the last of the

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festive derbies. The weather did its best to put paid to the game but

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these fans kept the faith and will be getting their rugby fix. The

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Dragons new years resolution is a simple one. To bring a ten game

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losing streak against the Ospreys to an end. COMMENTATOR: Here is Giles.

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He will go all the way for a try. On his inside is Dan Evans he has done

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it again. And Rhys Webb makes absolutely sure. He gets over.

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Hello and welcome to a rather wet and spongy Rodney Parade. I am

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delighted to say the New Year derby is going ahead. A happy New Year to

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you at home, a bit of drama here in the last couple of hours because we

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have had endless pitch inspections. A lot of confusion as to whether the

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game would go ahead. Both coaches have been lobbying the referee and

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you don't need to be a body language expert to find out what Steve is

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like that Micra say in there. They didn't want to play, it is difficult

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coming to Rodney Parade anyway. No matter where the Dragons are in the

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table. They know that, it is a leveller today, the game is on. They

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need a good mindset to do the job. Deja vu, five years ago we fill for

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an hour and a quarter and the game was called off eventually. What is

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in the minds of the players, they come here and wait for a couple of

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hours, do they just want to get on the bus and go home? The backs

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proverb we will. They will be complaining in the changing rooms.

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As a player, you want to play. There is nothing worse than a game being

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called off. They have prepared and had a quiet last few days in

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preparation for this. You can see both sides of the argument today but

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if there's any chance of the game going ahead, it has to go ahead both

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sets of coaches were letting their opinions be known to the referee as

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he was conducting his pigeon section. I think they were both

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after different outcomes, C what they say. Steve, happy New Year. The

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game goes ahead, are you happy it's going ahead? We definitely want to

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play the game. We have some concerns about the condition and safety but

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the referee feels it is playable, we are ready to go. You'll grow what

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are those concerns? The ground, the water is clearing up. There is an

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inconsistency in the conditions and turning the pages of an acceptable

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standard. Happy New Year, we have just had Steve Tandy here, and

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saying the pitch is not of an acceptable standard to play, what

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are your thoughts? The standing water has gone, not a problem. The

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referee says it is playable, let's have a game. It will be a tough game

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and a tough battle, physical. But we are looking forward to getting on

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and starting the New Year well. Kingsley Jones and his team ready to

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go. The interesting thing about this, the Ospreys are defending a

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proud record against a fellow Welsh regions, 27 of the last 29 games won

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against Welsh opposition. The weather is a leveller. That is what

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makes the Ospreys so impressive, they can win in different ways. But

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if it becomes an arm wrestle, you have guys like Alun Wyn Jones, Paul

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James, they want to play open and expansive rugby but it doesn't

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matter what the conditions are for the Ospreys. An all-weather team,

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proved by the statistics. A school more tries from their own half than

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any team in the league but also the most suffocating and brutal defence.

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They have a was a good defence but since Brad Davis has arrived, they

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have taken it up a notch. Watch them on Samson Lee here. Two tat was

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looking to knock him down and lurking in the back field is Justin

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Tipuric. They look to hold him as well. -- this is a ploy to get more

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turnover. At the technique of Baker. But for the Dragons, there are signs

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of improvement. A little off-load out the back, connecting players.

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The Dragons need to get their best ball carriers on the ball. Morgan is

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one of those, Jackson at eight another. They can go forward and get

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some field position and then they can bring the likes of young Aston,

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much talked about but this fella can score tries in all conditions. Let's

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look out for him tonight. Another one, double carrying the ball is

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Leigh Griffiths, the number seven. Set to be a battle royal between him

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and the wily campaigner Justin Tipuric. Can't wait for this. You

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relish these conditions as a seven. Justin Tipuric is arguably the most

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talented player in Wells -- Wales. He has ball-in-hand, a skilful as it

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comes. Up against Leigh Griffiths, who is the one player the Dragons

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came away on Boxing Day with credit really. Reminds me of Sam Overton

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when he was younger. Very good in attack. In these conditions it will

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be a fascinating matchup. Wheel were hoping the Giles but he hasn't been

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selecting this week. But you mentioned Ashton Hewitt. Someone who

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is a generally exciting talent. And some believe he is the fastest man

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in Welsh rugby. In all conditions, his good two tries in the Challenge

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Cup a couple of weeks ago in poor conditions. He has an all-around

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game now. The Blues try to bring him in a little bit too much. Trying to

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do too much and it cost them a bit. He is electric and gets on the end

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of things. He makes things happen, much like Giles, who unfortunately

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we will not see to night. Watch out for him tonight in the tricky

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conditions. You have great kickers in the Ospreys team who will test

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him tonight. You will get a bit of pressure in the air. We talked about

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the weather being a leveller, another thing that could have a

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massive impact is the home fans are among the most passionate and

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vociferous there are in the Pro12 championship. Phil Steele is amongst

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them. Thank you very much. This is where it happens, the Hazel Terrace.

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Death and has been standing on this Hazel Terrace for something like 12

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years, what do you hope the crowd might do today? By Queen only do,

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16th man, it is a great atmosphere in the Hazel Terrace. We love it,

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rain or shine. The pitch isn't great today but we just hope we can get

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six and six. Six from six would be something? Won definitely,

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absolutely. It is what you accept an derby days. Hopefully, conditions

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aren't great but hopefully we can spur the Dragons on for a win and

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start 2017 with a bang. You are famous for your singing on the Hazel

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Terrace. The big hit you hope to have into thousands of in his

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stand-up for the men of Gwent song, was the chances of getting a

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rendition before them they go out. Singing macro clear great atmosphere

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here. Great fun in the middle of the Hazel stand. Do you want to give us

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a verse as well? Beth and is confident, if you are a Dragons fan,

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would you be confident? They have a good record at home. You look at the

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team, the Ospreys have the talent, it will be difficult for the

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Dragons. But conditions are a leveller but I fancy Ospreys to have

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too much tonight. These games are running parade much closer than at

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the liberty, the margin just seven points. So the crowd of the pitch to

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make a difference. Dan Biggar is key to night. If he is on to night and

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controls the game, the Ospreys will win. You get what you get from Alan

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Wyn Jones and go, they will be giving up front but it is Dan Biggar

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for me. You go back to the Boxing Day game, the Blues dominated the

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Dragons physically. The Dragons pack will have to go up a notch to pull

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off a win here. All of the ingredients are in place and the

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game is going ahead despite doubts. The pitch is a little muddy but that

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is Manna from Heaven for these forwards. Alan Wyn Jones leading the

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Ospreys out onto the Rodney Parade pitch and we go and join the

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commentators, Jonathan Davies and Gareth Giles. COMMENTATOR: Thank you

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very much indeed. You see them running over the muddy patches

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earlier, Paul James and Scott Baldwin, starting on the front row

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for the Ospreys. Olly Cracknell at six, James King moves over to number

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eight. The Ospreys persist with both Dan Biggar and Sam Davies in the

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starting line-up. Sam Davies at full-back. A late change sees ducks

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and on the wing. Howells has injured a hamstring. A great day for sevens

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in this kind of weather, if you are a particular kind seven. And those

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forwards are going to have a big influence on proceedings. That far

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side of the pitch that the players run out from the tunnel is the muddy

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ester part and down the middle as well. Lewis Evans having a late word

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with the Dragons, a lot of it is about mindset as well. It was so

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late getting a firm decision on the game. I then think it will be a

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classic to night, it will be a dogfight to be honest. It is all

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down to mental toughness it. Ospreys clearly want to play but they have

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the mental toughness and know the job is to be done and get back on

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the bus and start again. For me, the pitch is bad compared to other

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pitches. But if you play against old Parish, even the old Cardiff Arms

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Park they have had worse conditions than this so just get on with it you

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know. Completely different to the Arms Park, Ed Jackson is an

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important ball-carrier. Griffiths can measure himself against Justin

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Tipuric. Sam Baird in the centre. And the impressive Ashton Hewitt on

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the wing. Not the best of nights for windows though. -- winners.

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Ian Davies was the man who made the ultimate decision and took his time

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about it. The awful pitching sections. A lot of pressure coming

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from the Ospreys not to play the game. He has said player safety is

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paramount. We will see how it goes. The kicking game will be very

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instrumental in today's conditions. Hoping for a good game. Sam Davies.

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We will see how the ball goes off the surface. Dan Biggar beforehand

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throwing the ball up and seeing their reaction as it plopped into

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the ground. Sam Davies looking for a bit of grass and finding. His

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opposite number. Angus O'Brien drilling it back down to Dan Biggar.

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, A on halfway. Dan Evans. Playing on the wing as he does like Sam

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Davies. Occupying the 15 shirt. Matavesi with the tackle. That is

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going to be a problem keeping hold of the slippery ball when the big

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hits come in. That is the dodgy part of the ground. A lot of sand has

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gone on it as well beforehand. The Ospreys players are standing deep,

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the dink over the top is an for the Dragons. As you can imagine, there

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will be a lot of kicking in this game, as we have seen in the first

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minute and a half. Chance to run that time, Dan Evans at Sam Davies.

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Those shirts are not going to be white for very long. Taken by

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Harris. And dumped right into the advertising hoardings as well. A

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very good tackle, lined him up and nailed him. Running across the

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field, nothing wrong with that tackle. This is old school tonight.

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Big hit. A few isolated patches move the scrum. I think there are

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beauties there, looking to kick early on but for me, the Ospreys

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with a couple of overlap opportunities already. The mindset

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is all about kicking and getting field position. Leigh Griffiths

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again in midfield, looking to hand off to Dan Biggar. Griffiths has got

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in their faces in the first couple of minutes. As an Ospreys player,

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you know the Dragons will come. You have to take the heat out a little

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bit. Quite the crowd down and get on with their job. If you are Dragons

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player, you just have to keep that momentum as much as you can.

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Good work, both on to tackle. Lost his support runners.

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He's played half the games at six and half at seven this season.

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He needs to get some want to chase that. And then you can see they are

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just giving field position away, that is the problem.

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Just got to keep your calm. An opportunity for the Dragons there.

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I'd like to have seen Morgan do a bit more here. He gets the ball.

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Here is the intercept. Put his head down. You're thinking, he's got to

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run straight at Davies and then out. He doesn't defend even, he's got the

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ball in the right hand but unfortunately he doesn't defend.

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Just watch. Inside, outside and he didn't even fend him. He missed.

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Lloyd Ashley at the Dragons' ten metre line, you can just make out.

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Jones driven back in the tackle. Scott Baldwin... That's a good pass.

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Sam Davies, quick hands to Dirksen. The Ospreys making light of the

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conditions. Paul James... Doing the basic stuff you'd expect. They

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certainly haven't changed their style, the Ospreys. A style that has

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brought them eight bonus points this season. It's not that bad, really.

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Again, the numbers are there. It's just the execution of the past

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thing. A couple of Dragons players ran up... You've just got to be

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aware of that and hit the right runner. He's taken the dummy runner

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out. If you get a guy going behind him, there's opportunities there.

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Just be careful... York pulling players your own side in the tackle

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there. You can't place them there, all right? Cory Hill, three caps

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during the autumn series. Australia, Japan and South Africa. He has

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plenty of experience in the Ospreys line-up. Paul James on Scott Baldwin

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in the front row, Alun Wyn Jones in the second row. Tipuric in the

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second row. These conditions won't faze those players at all. They'll

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relish it. The Dragons have started better than they did on Boxing Day.

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They were outmuscled. So far they've stood up to the physicality of the

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Ospreys. Carl Meyer... Great pace from

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Hewitt! Superb tackle by Sam Davies. He's good, isn't he? He's very, very

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quick. The acceleration there. He uses the touch as an extra defender

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makes a tackle. Very good work by Sam Davies. Hewitt could easily have

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got away from him. But he is an exciting talent, Ashton Hewitt. 21

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last month. Looking forward to that battle between Ashton Hewitt and

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Ciaran Giles but Giles is being well-managed by the Ospreys at the

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moment. Jonathan? There's the dummy runner. He's taken it out. What

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happens then, you know he's coming in there. Just seeing the overlap

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there. Sam Davies comes in short. You pick up the bridge defender.

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You've got three men outside... Davies calls four and is awarded a

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clean catch. The attacking coach... He's going to pick that up. He's

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been prepared to run at the back of the Ospreys from those long kicks.

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Tipuric! He is too quick! That's a great counterattack from the

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Ospreys. Tom Habberfield starting it but who better than Justin Tipuric

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to finish it? Brilliant. Got to make those tackles if you are in the

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Dragons but I think a man has gone down injured. He goes in... He falls

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off the tackle. Off-loads him. Too much space, too much speed. Lovely,

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lovely try by the Ospreys. Something from nothing. Cannot miss the

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tackle. Cracknell... It was good play by Cracknell. He created a

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space for Tipuric to come through. Great combination for the two

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flankers. It is basic stuff but he took the outside shoulder, but the

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ball back inside... He had got the smack in the face. Just had to hold

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on and complete the tackle. Daniel Biggar supplies the extras! The

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Ospreys on the board first. They'll be disappointed, the Dragons. They

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having created anything. The defence has been good until this

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opportunity. An missed tackle. That is why the Ospreys are so good. One

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opportunity, very clinical. James King underneath the restart. Sam

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Davies appears that time and that gives Biggar the option. The New

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Zealander with the kick downfield and Jackson with the return.

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O'Brien, straightout Sam Davies and he spots a big gap there. Doesn't

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quite find him as he would have liked. Looks for the far corner,

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that's where he aims his kick. Hewitt and Meyer back there. The

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South African born full-back does the necessary. So much talk about

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the kicking back and the aerial battle and the exit strategy. It's

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basically kicking. In a nutshell. They are winning the aerial battle

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because they are just getting a better distance on it. They are

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finding the grass rather than the player. They are putting the

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pressure on the Dragons players and have made a couple of errors kicking

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it straight in. They have done well, the Dragons.

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Pulling the drive down very, very quickly. Good awareness from Pat

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Howard. That allowed him to go for the mark.

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Off the top from Ashley. Smart call from the Ospreys. Easy call.

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I have a feeling they been told to play it.

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The most instant or player on the field so far is Sam Davies. Good

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kicking game. And then he is like a second eight. Hewitt. Still going,

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Ashton Hewitt. Just looking for the off-load. There goes on oil. Great

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thinking from him. Keeping the tempo going. They weren't back ten, this

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could be yellow. He's trying to slow the ball down. He has ten minutes in

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the bin. He didn't think so. That should have been a yellow for

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Derksen. So deliberate that is and that is similar again, deliberate.

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Negative he said. Instead of blood. Negative play. The hardest position

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to cover as well, scrum-half. Ospreys have the ball anyway.

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He's has settled into play nine. Number nines are usually chirpy.

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Going for Justin Tipuric. you love this though, he will love

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this. You've got to put it in straight here. Put a bit of pressure

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on him. Tipuric did well. Shows how important opensides are in the

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scrummage. A lot of credit to James King as well. The scrums have been

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fairly even in the first 20 minutes. That is good work. He realised he

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was on the back foot straightaway, picked it up as quickly as he

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possibly could. Quite a few line-outs. Too many

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errors now by Dragons. It is costing them. A good pass to Dan Evans.

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Spotted the big gap there. Sam Davies gets across. Not quite

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running freely, Dan Biggar. Got to get closer to the line, the chase.

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If you Ospreys, 14 men, for Dragons, you got to try to keep the ball in

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play and test the Ospreys. Dan Evans will take those all night.

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There is a mindset now, that the conditions are so bad that they have

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do tick all the time and I don't think that is the case. They have a

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variety of kickers, the Ospreys. Dan Evans, Sam Davies. They are coming

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out on top because of it. What is the record on kicks? I'm just

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thinking generally, in a game. It is quite poor from the Ospreys, down to

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14, the scrum-half normally goes in front of the line, at least try a

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little chip to expose them in some area. The Ospreys will be very happy

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with that, killed three off it three or four minutes just by kicking. Is

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songs of praise on the other side? Can they put somebody around the

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fringes now. Tie up the Ospreys defenders, they are being driven

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towards the touchline. He's the same as us, he has no idea whether ball

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is. Lewis Evans at Tipuric. They have slowed it down now. Got the

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defensive line in place. There is Baldwin and Cracknell waiting for

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him. Cory Hill. Davies looks to link up with

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Matavesi. Another one on the way. Good pick-up

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eventually by Dan Biggar, sensibly done. Sam Davies looks at the far

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corner. Tipuric is screaming on this side. He was not happy, there was a

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five-man overlap there the Ospreys. The kicking game may be working but

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there are times you have to keep your wits about you as well. They

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had so many on the near side here. Actually a good kick from Sam Davies

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in the end to put them under pressure.

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Cracknell spills it. Again, we want is even keeping ball-in-hand. You'll

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macro two passes, you've advantage, two passes and if it doesn't get

:37:43.:37:49.

anywhere, you have a scrum. They've got the extra man as well. The last

:37:50.:37:54.

thing you want to do is put it off the park.

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Not a great delivery from Sam Davies to Lloyd Ashley.

:38:07.:38:27.

Tom Habberfield's time in the bin is almost up. About two minutes to go.

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The Ospreys had a comfortable ride at 14 men. They are very comfortable

:38:37.:38:43.

defensively, aren't they? Oh Brian... -- oh O'Brien. Matavesi,

:38:44.:39:31.

back inside for Sam Davies. If you're going to play the ball, play

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the ball! Don't go down there for a rest, please.

:39:36.:39:49.

Fia over the ball but making no attempt to play the ball. A superb

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kick. They need to come away with something, the Dragons. The last

:40:00.:40:05.

chance for the Ospreys, back to 15 men. I'm not sure the selection of

:40:06.:40:16.

Sam Davies full-back and Dan Evans on the wing, I'm not sure that's

:40:17.:40:23.

working. I understand the need for a kicking game in these conditions.

:40:24.:40:34.

Steve Tandy the manager knows better I suppose. Price keeps it alive.

:40:35.:40:42.

Lewis Evans alongside him. It's going to be a terribly slow ball.

:40:43.:40:48.

That's disappointing for the Dragons. Tom Habberfield can now

:40:49.:40:56.

come back on. Fill it with Kingsley Jones. You just said fair it's

:40:57.:41:04.

important you scored with the one-man strong, how concerning is

:41:05.:41:07.

that you didn't? We are not accurate enough. At this level when you get

:41:08.:41:13.

opportunities you have to take them. A lot of good play going to get in

:41:14.:41:17.

there but not clinical enough unfortunately on this occasion.

:41:18.:41:22.

You're kicking quite a bit, is that part of the plan? We know the

:41:23.:41:25.

Ospreys kicked the ball more than most. You've got to stay in a

:41:26.:41:30.

kicking battle. In conditions like today you've got to try and

:41:31.:41:34.

counterattack from deep and then you get the rewards with a penalty or

:41:35.:41:38.

turnover. We are conscious of that and need to get to the right areas

:41:39.:41:43.

and be patient. You probably can't glean it from up here on the country

:41:44.:41:47.

but at pitch side there is a bit of a wind that the Ospreys have got at

:41:48.:41:50.

the moment so that might help the Dragons are bit in the second half.

:41:51.:42:02.

Great work by Griffith. Hacked through... This is one of these grey

:42:03.:42:11.

areas where sometimes you see players get penalised for it. He's

:42:12.:42:15.

made the tackle, got back to his feet and played the ball. There's no

:42:16.:42:21.

ruck being formed. You've got to have a go here. I can't see a

:42:22.:42:26.

scoring spree today so you've just got to stay in the game. We've come

:42:27.:42:33.

in a bit too late here. Didn't look like there was any ruck above the

:42:34.:42:40.

tackle. Ollie Griffiths in his rise to get up and play the ball.

:42:41.:42:47.

Interesting to hear Kingsley's strategy about kicking back to the

:42:48.:42:52.

Ospreys and running back at them. The Dragons have made almost 300.

:42:53.:42:57.

100 of those almost coming from Carl Meyer. That's just running back and

:42:58.:43:00.

then kicking it. Drawn across the face by O'Brien.

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The Dragons needed those. That's a big miss, isn't it? He's just

:43:34.:43:39.

finished work for the year, hasn't he?! On his way back.

:43:40.:43:55.

The other one just needed pumping up a little bit. Happy with that one.

:43:56.:44:05.

Maybe Angus O'Brien should have changed it before the kick. Meyer

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again, returning. Jackson striving to get the ball to

:44:13.:44:36.

ground. Tipuric again close to the offside line.

:44:37.:44:46.

Sam Davies is the one to the left, Dan Biggar to the right. Nothing

:44:47.:45:35.

happened really. It's been a huge kicking battle. Too many mistakes by

:45:36.:45:43.

the Dragons. They haven't built any momentum because of errors. This

:45:44.:45:51.

penalty will give the Ospreys field position. They haven't been in the

:45:52.:45:56.

Dragons' half. For much of this first half... They mentioned last

:45:57.:46:06.

week trying to keep the Blues on their 22 metre area. That is the

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same with the Ospreys. That is poor from the Dragons. That is a nothing

:46:17.:46:20.

kick. It's a very difficult kick to go either way in these conditions.

:46:21.:46:25.

You've just got to load the touchline. Someone should have taken

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that. It's a very difficult kick. I decide, right in the centre field.

:46:33.:46:42.

-- either side. King takes the line-out. Lewis Evans...

:46:43.:47:21.

Dislodging it from Baldwin's grasp, Sam Beard. Sam Beard was three

:47:22.:47:33.

seasons with Edinburgh. Pat Howard trying to take up the

:47:34.:48:21.

field and Biggar with him. Knoyle just finding Sam Davies...

:48:22.:48:35.

For a change, Dan Evans doesn't go... He just got bored of it! He

:48:36.:48:47.

thought I'm bored of it, I'll have a run here! It's either boredom or

:48:48.:48:56.

he's embarrassed. Good pressure from the Dragons. Even Hanno Dirksen's

:48:57.:49:07.

kicking it now! O'Brien, trying to go the long way round.

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They've got to hang on in, the Dragons, in this battle. Like an arm

:49:19.:49:31.

wrestle. He had just the one league game with

:49:32.:49:43.

the Ospreys in 2008-2009. Cracknell again involved. Baldwin...

:49:44.:50:01.

Paul James... The Ospreys are giving away far less

:50:02.:50:35.

ball than the Dragons. You can just sense we are one score again, ten

:50:36.:50:41.

points, in these conditions. Possibly a big margin.

:50:42.:50:57.

Good leg drive from Jackson. Gained few extra metres. O'Brien couldn't

:50:58.:51:09.

go straight to touch. Finding the play, the full-back, again. One for

:51:10.:51:16.

Biggar to chase. Nicely picked up by Meir. Perfectly from O'Brien's

:51:17.:51:27.

little side foot. Dirksen getting the wrong side of the ruck. No

:51:28.:51:32.

advantage coming to the Dragons. Just a minute and a half of the

:51:33.:52:04.

first period remaining. The Dragons have had few

:52:05.:52:17.

opportunities to break the duck. Hewitt tries one way, then the

:52:18.:52:31.

other. I think, a good line-out... There will be one last chance, then,

:52:32.:53:04.

for the Dragons to get on the school board. Before they head back to the

:53:05.:53:08.

changing room -- scoreboard. So the clock goes red as the Dragons

:53:09.:53:38.

try and end the half with their first points of the evening. Tab is

:53:39.:53:49.

no oil has a look to see what the opportunities are. Nick Crosswell

:53:50.:53:58.

takes it on. Poor execution. Griffiths keeps possession in

:53:59.:54:05.

Dragons' hands. Jackson. Tyler Morgan... This is the longest

:54:06.:54:20.

they've spent it the Ospreys 22. O'Brien to Pat Howard.

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A loose pass, missed by everybody except James King for the Ospreys.

:54:32.:54:39.

That'll do as far as the visitors are concerned. They've got the any

:54:40.:54:47.

points of the first half. An excellent try from Justin Tipuric.

:54:48.:54:51.

It was never going to be a try -fest in these conditions. Just the one in

:54:52.:54:56.

the first. Opportunities limited for the Dragons. The Ospreys have done

:54:57.:55:02.

what they need to. Sound defence, and the one chance they had, the man

:55:03.:55:07.

in the blue cap finished it off, Justin Tipuric's try converted by

:55:08.:55:12.

Dan Biggar, giving the Ospreys a lead of 7-0 at half-time. The

:55:13.:55:15.

Dragons captain Lewis Evans is with Phil. How do you think the first

:55:16.:55:24.

half went? Really good. I think you can see conditions dictating the way

:55:25.:55:27.

both sides are playing. Still a kicking battle. If we can start

:55:28.:55:31.

playing a few more, we can start getting a few more points on the

:55:32.:55:34.

board. How important is it you get the first core of the second half?

:55:35.:55:39.

It is very important. We need to get one or two more foothold in the

:55:40.:55:44.

game. Not make some silly errors. The game's there for us. Thanks the

:55:45.:55:51.

time, have a good orange! STUDIO: All the talk before the match was

:55:52.:55:55.

about the weather. Lots of rain at Rodney Parade nearly led to the game

:55:56.:55:59.

being called off. After pitch inspections that was back on and the

:56:00.:56:03.

Ospreys started the brighter. Tom Habberfield swivelling out of the

:56:04.:56:08.

tackle. Lovely link Blake from Cracknell and Tipuric proving too

:56:09.:56:12.

fast for the defence. That was the only score of the first half.

:56:13.:56:16.

Habberfield later saw a yellow but the Ospreys abide that period

:56:17.:56:21.

without conceding any points. -- survived that period.

:56:22.:56:36.

Not much time spent in the Ospreys' 22, the Dragons that is. It does

:56:37.:56:44.

tales with the fact they pride themselves on not only not allowing

:56:45.:56:47.

opposition across the try line but into the 22. The Scarlets spent 20

:56:48.:56:55.

seconds in the Ospreys' 22 last week. If you are a stats man, a lot

:56:56.:56:59.

of tries conceded from within your own 22 in the second phase. They do

:57:00.:57:06.

pride themselves, they've got a big kicking game, they tried to get out

:57:07.:57:11.

of their own territory and they've succeeded in that in the first. A

:57:12.:57:16.

lot of kicking but the Ospreys have more kickers and kickers. We said at

:57:17.:57:21.

the top of the programme, the average winning margin in this game

:57:22.:57:25.

at Rodney Parade is seven points. It's currently 7-0 so sticking to

:57:26.:57:30.

tradition. It was always going to be tight. Conditions are tough. Safety

:57:31.:57:36.

first from both teams. It's a tight game. Newport Gwent Dragons don't

:57:37.:57:39.

help themselves. They make so many basic errors. It doesn't allow them

:57:40.:57:45.

to build any pressure on the Ospreys. So many basic errors, just

:57:46.:57:50.

take the pressure of the Ospreys. It's a very even match. One chance

:57:51.:57:54.

from the Ospreys and they've taken that try. A case in point, ten

:57:55.:57:58.

minutes when Habberfield was in the bin. When the Dragons did get an

:57:59.:58:03.

opportunity with an attacking line-out, they ended up turning the

:58:04.:58:07.

ball over. It's the type of kicks as well. They find the grass, well, the

:58:08.:58:13.

mud. It takes the sting out of any counterattack. It takes time out of

:58:14.:58:18.

the game. Good aerial assault. It gives them time. They are very

:58:19.:58:21.

clever at that. When you've got Dan Evans on the wing, Sam Davies,

:58:22.:58:27.

Matavesi, even Hanno Dirksen boss kicking the ball. There's a lot of

:58:28.:58:33.

kicking options there and do good chase line. -- even Dirksen was

:58:34.:58:38.

kicking the ball. Martin mentioned opportunities in games like these

:58:39.:58:41.

are few and far between. The Ospreys have had one and a ticket. -- they

:58:42.:58:50.

take it. It was a great bit of play from Habberfield. Look where

:58:51.:58:54.

Habberfield comes from. Out of nowhere. It's a second line of chase

:58:55.:58:59.

that's very important. It's great support play. He's got lots of

:59:00.:59:03.

options. I like what Cracknell does. He takes the last defender O'Brien

:59:04.:59:08.

is likely to the left and you're not going to catch Justin Tipuric. It's

:59:09.:59:12.

good smash and grab plague that you need when you're away from home. All

:59:13.:59:21.

instigated by an organised kicking Chase -- smash and grab plague. Is

:59:22.:59:23.

there anything he can't do? That is the quality they have got.

:59:24.:59:51.

That is what the Dragons like. He's a world-class player that is what we

:59:52.:59:56.

hear every week, they work on it in pre-season, almost following the New

:59:57.:00:00.

Zealand way. The front five and the back row all as comfortable as the

:00:01.:00:05.

backs with ball-in-hand. It is important in these conditions, the

:00:06.:00:08.

little rugby we have seen, the quality has come from Ospreys. Even

:00:09.:00:11.

the hard yards and the short carries. They get to the gain line,

:00:12.:00:17.

they forced the defensive line back. It takes its toll in the end. We saw

:00:18.:00:22.

the Scarlets over Christmas, it takes its toll later in the game

:00:23.:00:26.

with the bench that Steve has picked as well. Dragons are by no means out

:00:27.:00:33.

of this. The missed penalty by Angus O'Brien, that was a big blow, 7-3

:00:34.:00:40.

gives you something to feed on. They get a score first after half-time,

:00:41.:00:45.

they are back in this, if the Ospreys go to macro schools in

:00:46.:00:48.

front, it would be difficult to pull back. The ball has seen a lot of

:00:49.:00:54.

air. It was even in the first 1015 minutes but the Ospreys with the

:00:55.:00:58.

range of kickers they have got are beginning to win that battle. They

:00:59.:01:03.

kicked similar amount of time but with the Dragons, it has been

:01:04.:01:08.

errors. A good clean ball, an exit strategy, the coach will be thumping

:01:09.:01:13.

his head in the stand. This was a kick battle, the last of about eight

:01:14.:01:17.

kicks, straight into touch. The Ospreys are more measured, they take

:01:18.:01:20.

the ball to the line a little bit more. There's more distance and they

:01:21.:01:24.

find the ground, look at many bounces it takes. Sam Davies pixies

:01:25.:01:30.

head up and looks for the grass, nails it between the two centre

:01:31.:01:34.

halves if you are a football fan. Look at the time and distance, it

:01:35.:01:40.

all takes its toll and allows you to get your defensive chase and people

:01:41.:01:46.

in position. The Ospreys sitting on a 7- 0/2-time lead, 40 more minutes

:01:47.:01:50.

of rugby coming up in the festive derbies and there is a lot coming

:01:51.:01:58.

your way in 2017. 20 16th of a fair share of surprises. Not just in the

:01:59.:02:07.

rugby world. What might 2017 off? Can the Lions mauled the All Blacks

:02:08.:02:11.

down under? How many Welsh men will make the tour? Will Wales recover

:02:12.:02:19.

their swashbuckling ways in the Six Nations and the South Pacific? Our

:02:20.:02:25.

most exciting talents, will they be given a chance to shine? What are

:02:26.:02:30.

the prospects of a major trophy for the Welsh region? The prospects of a

:02:31.:02:37.

trophy on looking good at the moment, over the season and 2017

:02:38.:02:43.

will begin with two Welsh regions in the top four. If Ospreys win, they

:02:44.:02:47.

will recover their second-place and the Scarlets beat the Blues earlier

:02:48.:02:52.

this afternoon. 15-10 was the final score. Two tries from the Scarlets,

:02:53.:02:58.

this was the best of them, Steph Evans with great build-up work and

:02:59.:03:02.

Jonathan Davies with great awareness to the inside pass. The finish from

:03:03.:03:08.

Scott Williams, his centre partner, they are back in the top four after

:03:09.:03:12.

they dropped to six. The upshot is we have two Welsh sides in the top

:03:13.:03:18.

four and that is pleasing. We might go to approach will find this year,

:03:19.:03:22.

that is good. The Ospreys looked really strong. Home form and squad

:03:23.:03:27.

form. Scarlets are some big game players, if they can keep everybody

:03:28.:03:31.

fit, they can beat anyone on their day. It is about getting the

:03:32.:03:35.

momentum in the second half of the season. It is looking good but

:03:36.:03:38.

Glasgow are coming up the rails, Leinster and Munster are strong and

:03:39.:03:44.

don't forget Ulster. Scarlets need to learn their lessons with a spent

:03:45.:03:47.

the bulk of the season in the top four but slipped out at the end.

:03:48.:03:54.

They got off to a flyer last season. Identify will make that mistake.

:03:55.:03:58.

This time they started slowly but they seem to have got themselves

:03:59.:04:01.

together. I think the Ospreys are the strongest Welsh region without

:04:02.:04:05.

doubt because of the depth and the changes they can make. But the Six

:04:06.:04:10.

Nations, can you keep that momentum going? The Welsh and Irish tunes,

:04:11.:04:14.

when your stars go, can you keep your momentum going during the Six

:04:15.:04:19.

Nations period? That will be upon us before we know it. Most of the

:04:20.:04:23.

pundits are talking about an Anglo-Irish Six Nations and the

:04:24.:04:28.

final game in Dublin being a champion to decide, is that

:04:29.:04:34.

premature? It always is. That is one the Six Nations is a great

:04:35.:04:39.

competition, it throws up surprises. If you look at it, of course in

:04:40.:04:42.

glint and Ireland looked to be in the best vein of form. Especially

:04:43.:04:47.

after the autumn and the success against the southern hemisphere.

:04:48.:04:50.

Their key players are playing exceptionally well. I think England,

:04:51.:04:55.

they have really improved. It is all about the axis of ten and 12. They

:04:56.:05:00.

have got that sorted. Ben Youngs, sniping, maybe a bit different but

:05:01.:05:06.

those are the two sides. The good thing is, Wales have them at home.

:05:07.:05:12.

You get a good start in the Six Nations and then you can build

:05:13.:05:15.

momentum and hopefully not get injuries. The Italian game is

:05:16.:05:21.

crucial. We have to show willing and creativity and the clinical in the

:05:22.:05:25.

tackle and put the Italians away. Then we can build from that.

:05:26.:05:29.

Defensively, we can always improve and be strong but the first game,

:05:30.:05:36.

get a good win. Bring the big boys back to principality Stadium. In

:05:37.:05:41.

deed. We will catch up with you in the second half. Jonathan talking

:05:42.:05:43.

about how England have their house in order and going for a second

:05:44.:05:49.

consecutive Grand Slam. Wales often come good in the face of adversity.

:05:50.:05:57.

The public were happy with the performances in the autumn. We need

:05:58.:06:03.

to keep our main players injury free. The likes of Alan Wyn Jones,

:06:04.:06:07.

Toby Faletau, if they are in the team, we have a chance against

:06:08.:06:15.

anyone. If we win in Italy, I think we are too strong for the Italians,

:06:16.:06:19.

the second game sets up the whole tournament. You go on autumn

:06:20.:06:24.

international form, England are not far off untouchable but they are

:06:25.:06:28.

beatable in Cardiff, no doubt. I'm looking forward to it already. The

:06:29.:06:32.

Dragons are turning to the field. Martin said earlier that the Dragons

:06:33.:06:38.

are still in this, a 7-point game, do you see the Ospreys being too

:06:39.:06:46.

strong? I do. Steve has gone big and heavy again, it will take its toll

:06:47.:06:50.

in the end. It is not getting any better, they will try and grind it

:06:51.:06:54.

out. They have the firepower to score again and if they get the next

:06:55.:07:00.

score, I think it will be a foregone conclusion. Martin on his way back

:07:01.:07:03.

to the commentary box and we can do that as well joining Jonathan Davies

:07:04.:07:12.

and Gareth Charles. COMMENTATOR: Ospreys will have seen Leinster

:07:13.:07:16.

overtake them in the Pro12. They can reclaim second place behind Munster

:07:17.:07:20.

if they carry on in the second half as they did in the first. The one

:07:21.:07:28.

converted try of the evening belonged to the Ospreys in the first

:07:29.:07:32.

half. Dan Biggar gets the second underway. No changes during the

:07:33.:07:43.

interval except for a couple of clean shirts. Tom Habberfield as

:07:44.:07:50.

welcome about getting in on the tackle. A poor option on the short

:07:51.:07:55.

side, nothing on. Trying to get the ball to few it but you got to put

:07:56.:08:01.

him in the right position. He needs to be one on one housewife, coming

:08:02.:08:05.

into the line may be, swap him with the full-back and uses base but they

:08:06.:08:10.

just wrap him up. Cracknell again holding him up and driving him into

:08:11.:08:12.

touch. Welcomes ducted line-out drive by

:08:13.:08:35.

the Ospreys. Very clinically done. -- well constructed. Advantage being

:08:36.:08:45.

played from the line-out. Didn't go anywhere so this might go back. I

:08:46.:08:53.

think they went expecting that ball because the backline was very flat.

:08:54.:09:00.

I think they should go for goal here, two scores. Unless they think

:09:01.:09:07.

they will kill the game, get a try, catch and drive.

:09:08.:09:22.

Howard looks like he has had a stinger. Early on in the second

:09:23.:09:35.

half, big line-out. Three points available but the Ospreys going for

:09:36.:09:41.

a second try. Again, penalty advantage being played in their

:09:42.:09:45.

favour as the line-out is brought them illegally. You'll agree got go

:09:46.:09:47.

left, it is on. They called Ian Davis's attention to

:09:48.:10:00.

the fact that he had taken a knock. He has just caught Tipuric's knee I

:10:01.:10:36.

think. Or Tipuric has just got his head with his knee. He's done all

:10:37.:10:43.

the hard work, just catches in with his knee.

:10:44.:11:01.

At least that's not on the playing surface.

:11:02.:11:13.

Howells was meant to play. Just tweaked a hamstring. It is Brendon

:11:14.:11:21.

Leonard getting stripped off. Jonathan Spratt has come onto the

:11:22.:11:23.

bench. The one highlight of the first half

:11:24.:11:48.

was set up by Tom Habberfield. Rate work by Olly Cracknell, dragging

:11:49.:11:54.

Angus O'Brien across and putting Justin Tipuric in the hole and he

:11:55.:11:56.

had plenty of space to round it off. Hanno Dirksen, walking off a good

:11:57.:12:04.

sign. Habberfield goes on to the wing.

:12:05.:12:27.

Leonard comes on at scrum-half. Line-out again, definitely going for

:12:28.:12:32.

the kill here, the Ospreys. Two kickable penalties, catch and drive.

:12:33.:12:43.

Driving line-out. After three minutes of the second half, long way

:12:44.:12:47.

back for the Dragons. All this came from a poor decision to go down the

:12:48.:12:53.

short side. The Dragons have won it. Harris has it. He has got in a

:12:54.:13:03.

couple of those throws. Habberfield to Sam Davies. Leonard, Baldwin.

:13:04.:13:20.

Running Sam Davies was in two minds. Did he get penalised? Dan Biggar to

:13:21.:13:38.

Sam Davies. Good work by Leigh Griffiths.

:13:39.:13:49.

I thought they were unlucky to get penalised there. He said he was fine

:13:50.:13:59.

the first time, then that could go and dropped back a second time on

:14:00.:14:09.

it. Fine margins on it. There heaters, the opportunity. As an old

:14:10.:14:16.

openside, you would be disappointed with the decision there. I think

:14:17.:14:22.

that is a penalty for the Dragons. OK, he was wrong second time but the

:14:23.:14:30.

first time, the penalty was for him. The Ospreys have been stuck in this

:14:31.:14:34.

corner for most of the four and a half minutes played in the second

:14:35.:14:38.

half. They have done very well in the line-out, the Dragons against

:14:39.:14:41.

the Ospreys. The quality they have in the second row, you don't often

:14:42.:14:47.

see that. Alan Wyn Jones trying to get it forward again. They go in

:14:48.:14:53.

together, back comes the ball to Leonard.

:14:54.:15:02.

As ever, James King quietly getting on with his job. The Ospreys are

:15:03.:15:16.

very patient until the opportunity comes. Important period of defending

:15:17.:15:30.

for the Dragons. They have been stuck in 22 in the second half as

:15:31.:15:34.

the Ospreys go in search of a second try.

:15:35.:15:48.

The Ospreys have two keep their width as well. They are showing

:15:49.:15:56.

their hand up, they have to keep their width. Leonard one small

:15:57.:16:08.

forwards involved. 15 phases the Ospreys have gone through. Alan Wyn

:16:09.:16:11.

Jones takes it up within three or four metres of the Dragons try line.

:16:12.:16:23.

Dan Biggar orchestrating things from ten. Have they worked the space out

:16:24.:16:34.

wide? Sam Davies roll-out of the first tackle. But the ball stripped

:16:35.:16:40.

from his grasp on the Dragons have it and a chance to clear. Despite

:16:41.:16:52.

all of that pressure, the Dragons survive. He picked his moment really

:16:53.:17:06.

well. Just got in, there he is, he's just gone a little bit too early,

:17:07.:17:11.

too high. You can argue for Ospreys it is a penalty for them. He was

:17:12.:17:15.

taken off his feet, perhaps a bit of justice from the earlier decision.

:17:16.:17:20.

We now have good Nic Cudd is from the breakdown but Leigh Griffiths is

:17:21.:17:26.

in great form as well. -- Ollie Griffiths. Dan Biggar, just a

:17:27.:17:38.

locate, and easy take for Travis noil. Just little things like that.

:17:39.:17:57.

Sam Davies wasn't held. Inside ball to Habberfield. Again, he flies

:17:58.:18:18.

forward in the tackle. Neither side at the moment able to hang onto the

:18:19.:18:20.

ball long enough. If you're an Ospreys fan, Dan

:18:21.:18:39.

Biggar, they only need one score in front. The next chance, you take a

:18:40.:18:45.

3-pointer, two scores ahead. Whether it is a drop goal a lot has made

:18:46.:18:51.

about the pitch, just drop it and whack it.

:18:52.:19:16.

Dragons back at the 22. Nothing he can do except put it on top of the

:19:17.:19:43.

stand. The first ten minutes has been all Ospreys. Keeping the

:19:44.:19:50.

position. A change in the Dragons front row.

:19:51.:20:05.

Hobson coming on. A similar change in the Ospreys ranks.

:20:06.:20:17.

Not quite yet. He does well, he got across there. He has done an heroic

:20:18.:20:34.

job, across well. They have done their homework in the last few days

:20:35.:20:37.

because they have really done a job on the Ospreys line-out. Head in

:20:38.:20:48.

hands. That is a killer for the forwards, you do your job, win the

:20:49.:20:51.

possession back and he's given it straight back to Ospreys. A couple

:20:52.:20:59.

of kicks now, poor execution. You've got to hang it up.

:21:00.:21:20.

Can you confirm the Hanno Dirksen situation please? It was at the head

:21:21.:21:28.

so looking at it on the screen, taking every precaution. This is an

:21:29.:21:34.

old-fashioned game that you and I will remember from our days, how do

:21:35.:21:39.

you play it from now? By and large, a huge quantity of kicks in the game

:21:40.:21:43.

in the first half. Territorially we have been pretty good but with that

:21:44.:21:48.

comes responsibility to do more with possession. Only one score ahead,

:21:49.:21:53.

does that concern you? Won it does. Especially with a little bit of the

:21:54.:22:00.

discipline. -- little bit of ill discipline.

:22:01.:22:06.

The Ospreys have had over 80% of the ball in the second half. Do will be

:22:07.:22:17.

a zone is? Is that after nine o'clock?

:22:18.:22:34.

Morgan thought he was coming in for that one. Karl Maier thought he was

:22:35.:22:44.

the dummy runner. And given the little possession may have had in

:22:45.:22:47.

the second half, that is quite literally throwing it away. The last

:22:48.:22:53.

Ospreys line-out was penalised and not being straight. They are really

:22:54.:22:55.

struggling with their line-out, Ospreys. They went forefront in the

:22:56.:23:06.

first half to get some clean ball. Cracknell down in front, safe all.

:23:07.:23:09.

Matavesi. Karl Meyer looking for distance. Sam

:23:10.:23:37.

Davies is there. Pops it up to Dan Biggar. Incredibly, he managed to

:23:38.:23:51.

get it. Smith. And it has gone forward. A little trickery from Dan

:23:52.:23:59.

Biggar, not his usual jump up in the air and catch it. That's where the

:24:00.:24:02.

knock-on occurred. The win against the Scarlets in the

:24:03.:24:37.

last game is the only time the Ospreys have not had a winning bonus

:24:38.:24:44.

point this year. That is where they are so good, they can adapt their

:24:45.:24:50.

style to any conditions. This was never going to be a classic today

:24:51.:24:56.

but they have ground it out. Strang in the Dragons in the first 15

:24:57.:25:03.

minutes of the second half. They just can't get out of the half,

:25:04.:25:14.

can't get any ball, the Dragons. Is there any point in standing there

:25:15.:25:18.

because they are understanding in midfield maybe. Given the option.

:25:19.:25:35.

Referee allowing them to play it even though the front rows had gone

:25:36.:25:49.

down. Not getting it beyond the Ospreys defenders.

:25:50.:26:08.

It is a real baseline game. It is like July. This is the advert for

:26:09.:26:40.

summer rugby, isn't it? And that's just the number of kicks. Did you

:26:41.:26:48.

find out the record. The boys in the van are looking for the world record

:26:49.:26:55.

for number of kicks in a match. There have only been 75 kicks in

:26:56.:27:01.

this game, that's all. It feels like more. 50% of them are good ones. He

:27:02.:27:18.

is struggling. Hypothermia. His conference of the rugby and pervert

:27:19.:27:19.

conditions, welcome to Wales body. A telling kit, no pressure at all. A

:27:20.:27:53.

real let off for the Ospreys. They've had so little possession in

:27:54.:27:56.

the second half, the Dragons, they have to make better use of it. There

:27:57.:28:12.

we are, normal service is resumed. Even the crowd are taking the Mickey

:28:13.:28:18.

now. Get the Mexican wave going. Every kick bringing cheers, that is

:28:19.:28:25.

out on the full, isn't it? The referee says he is clearly inside.

:28:26.:28:37.

Football markings. Interesting to see that again. He's close, isn't

:28:38.:28:49.

he? That is very close. Landed in play anyway. Doesn't make any

:28:50.:28:53.

difference where he is. He's outside of the 22 but it bounces in. You

:28:54.:29:07.

know it's a boring game when you get excited about something like that, I

:29:08.:29:10.

thought that was going to be the big talking point of the second half.

:29:11.:29:14.

Jonathan Spratt has come on. He's done him. Yellow macro right,

:29:15.:29:35.

kick this, if you're the Ospreys, kick it, ten points. That's what I

:29:36.:29:41.

would do. Emma Croker there is no way you can see the Dragons scoring

:29:42.:29:49.

two tries. I think they are so confident and are in total control

:29:50.:29:54.

of the game, that they think they can shut out the Dragons, one more

:29:55.:30:01.

try, you never know. 20 minutes to go, they should still be thinking of

:30:02.:30:11.

the bonus point of four tries. That's a dreadful throw. That's the

:30:12.:30:17.

pressure of the last 15 minutes. They didn't even compete that time,

:30:18.:30:21.

the Dragons. An easy ball for Alun Wyn Jones. Scott Baldwin

:30:22.:30:24.

disappointed with himself. When was the last time we had two

:30:25.:30:35.

consecutive games with no points in the second half?

:30:36.:30:59.

Stay up, stay up! Jackson trying to get the Dragons away from their own

:31:00.:31:12.

try line. Which is exactly what is in the background. Taverners noil

:31:13.:31:21.

gets the kick in. A good kick. -- Tavis Knoyle. No fixtures in the

:31:22.:31:29.

Premiership but there was a big programme yesterday and we now know

:31:30.:31:32.

seven of the eight teams in the top eight. The last place will be

:31:33.:31:48.

between Cardiff and other -- ever Vale. If they do no worse than

:31:49.:31:55.

Cardiff, they will clinch that last eight spot. There is 30 cans of

:31:56.:32:04.

paint behind me. I think Newport have got a game here tomorrow. I

:32:05.:32:12.

think they played football here yesterday. Could be a try-fest here

:32:13.:32:19.

tomorrow with the black and Ambers. Thornton wins the line. Adam Warren

:32:20.:32:27.

has come on in the Dragons midfield. Jackson gets the tackle in an bald

:32:28.:32:35.

win. Way way back from Justin Tipuric. Griffiths gets the tackle

:32:36.:32:40.

in. Matavesi makes ground. Carl Meyer should get there first,

:32:41.:33:07.

and does. His route is blocked by Alun Wyn. Forced out of play. This

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will be a very good position for the Ospreys. Even when nothing was on,

:33:16.:33:27.

just to chase the pressure from the Ospreys, they kept it up all the

:33:28.:33:32.

time. Carl Meyer, nowhere to go. They won themselves this position.

:33:33.:33:39.

It is painstaking staff but the Ospreys are sticking to their plan.

:33:40.:33:41.

Doing what they need to do. Thornton again, safely gets the

:33:42.:34:02.

possession. The Dragons sacked it really early. So difficult to play

:34:03.:34:07.

off this ball and get any momentum, it's so static. Nicky Smith under

:34:08.:34:15.

pressure from Ollie Griffiths. Good defending from Sam Hobbs. Got

:34:16.:34:34.

the tackle in. Biggar goes for the drop goal. A knock an advantage

:34:35.:34:44.

being plagued by Davies. Usually the kick brings the advantage to an end.

:34:45.:34:55.

Maybe, because it was an attempt at points, he's called him back.

:34:56.:35:22.

Sam Davies alongside Dan Evans on the far side of the scrum.

:35:23.:35:37.

Not quite allowed to get the ball out on that occasion. The Dragons

:35:38.:35:48.

head coach Kingsley Jones is listening in. In terms you're really

:35:49.:35:54.

under the cosh in the second-half. A bit frustrating. Our line-out

:35:55.:36:03.

defence has been particularly good. You have to credit Dan Biggar, the

:36:04.:36:07.

way he's controlling the game. We are doing well to defend from those

:36:08.:36:10.

situations and get ourselves out of trouble but we are unable to get a

:36:11.:36:14.

foothold, particularly in their half. I suppose when you get the

:36:15.:36:18.

ball, the kick isn't quite good enough and they come straight back

:36:19.:36:24.

at you. Some inaccuracies. Several things, to be honest. There's lots

:36:25.:36:28.

of good in what we do and our defence has been good. We are in a

:36:29.:36:32.

vulnerable position here from the scrum but we have been good in many

:36:33.:36:37.

areas. We just need to get a foothold. Thank you. Matavesi, the

:36:38.:36:49.

Ospreys again make their way into the 22. One-handed from Leonard.

:36:50.:36:52.

Good pressure defence from the Dragons. But it is relentless from

:36:53.:37:00.

the Ospreys. Nicky Smith the next one. You can't blame the effort from

:37:01.:37:07.

the Dragons but it is all on the back foot as Biggar picks out Sam

:37:08.:37:13.

Davies. Morgan getting the tackle in. And they win the turnover.

:37:14.:37:22.

Excellent defence. Tavis Knoyle looking if they can get them away,

:37:23.:37:28.

they can't. Clearer lines, now. It would be worth making a change at

:37:29.:37:38.

scrum-half. Get Pretorius on, Dorian Jones. Maybe extra kicking to get

:37:39.:37:47.

out of their own 22. A big penalty won again by Ollie Griffiths. Over

:37:48.:37:54.

the ball early. Can't move much in that position. He's relished these

:37:55.:38:02.

conditions today. Ollie Griffiths epitomising the defensive adverts.

:38:03.:38:11.

-- defensive effort. The easiest thing is when you don't have the

:38:12.:38:15.

ball, it's when you've got the ball to try and create something, they've

:38:16.:38:19.

lacked that. Conditions are difficult. Crosswell on his own

:38:20.:38:26.

ball. Ashton Hewitt is high. An apology from Cracknell. A clumsy

:38:27.:38:29.

tackle. The Dragons can at last spend some

:38:30.:38:45.

time in the Ospreys' half. That is the directive these days,

:38:46.:39:19.

and it is meant to keep the tackle is lower. Just going back to this

:39:20.:39:24.

decision, even if it goes over they've still got to score a try.

:39:25.:39:29.

You can be stuck in your half full game, trying to put a bit of

:39:30.:39:33.

pressure on the Ospreys. Not easy kicking in these conditions.

:39:34.:39:43.

Good effort by Angus O'Brien. Not quite, though. Just pushed it,

:39:44.:39:56.

didn't he? I'd have gone for the touch there, I think. Keep a little

:39:57.:40:03.

bit of ball. They are under the cosh, aren't they? Double change in

:40:04.:40:16.

the second row for the Dragons. Sam Underhill is an foot the Ospreys.

:40:17.:40:23.

He didn't catch it. I think he's just fed up. After that! LAUGHTER

:40:24.:40:54.

That's the best kick he's put in all day, that is!

:40:55.:41:10.

Drifting a bit of centre, the throw. A bit of leeway shown.

:41:11.:41:48.

See who is going to crack first. We are going up towards three figures

:41:49.:42:10.

as far as kicks go. It feels more like four figures! It's horrendous,

:42:11.:42:17.

let's be honest. CHEERING It's embarrassing. When the crowd

:42:18.:42:21.

are taking the Mickey out of you, it's embarrassing.

:42:22.:42:32.

I think they are taking the Mickey out of the kicking.

:42:33.:43:03.

Howard just lost his footing as the ball approached.

:43:04.:43:14.

We are into the final ten minutes of the game. So only time for another

:43:15.:43:20.

couple of dozen kicks. Former Dragon, Sam Parry, on the

:43:21.:43:45.

Scott Baldwin. You've got a lot of thinking to do, Jonathan! I can't

:43:46.:43:52.

wait for this! Pick the bones out of this one, Jeff. I'd put the ball

:43:53.:43:59.

down and runaway! Normally buy now we've got a sheet in front of us and

:44:00.:44:05.

a mark... There isn't one mark by any of the names here! A couple of

:44:06.:44:07.

names. Ruck was formed. Ollie Griffiths...

:44:08.:44:34.

They aren't going to score three tries now, are they? Kick it. Davies

:44:35.:44:45.

was really clear straightaway there was a ruck forming. A bit too keen

:44:46.:44:55.

that kind, Ollie Griffiths. -- that time, Ollie Griffiths.

:44:56.:45:07.

How long have we got? I've got to pick a man of the match, you've got

:45:08.:45:22.

to talk for the remainder of the game! Shaun Lunt can do that! --

:45:23.:45:29.

Sean can do that! It's been a long time coming, but

:45:30.:45:48.

there are points in the second half. And they belonged to Dan Biggar and

:45:49.:45:53.

the Ospreys. It's been total domination in the second half.

:45:54.:46:16.

Lloyd Fairbrother, I think. 97 kicks from hand! There's no contact

:46:17.:46:37.

here... Let's have a look. We're just checking the actions of 18

:46:38.:46:45.

black. Here it comes. I'll try and show you the angle from the stand

:46:46.:46:51.

side as well. I've got the guy round the neck on the floor there. That's

:46:52.:46:55.

a penalty. Show me the first one again. Lloyd Fairbrother took a

:46:56.:47:03.

bump... Is that 17 holding him by the neck?

:47:04.:47:14.

He's connected with the shoulder. I'm going to penalised 17 black.

:47:15.:47:21.

Just watch this angle. Poor technique, no arm, wrong

:47:22.:47:35.

shoulder... He could have hurt himself more than anything, there.

:47:36.:47:38.

Penalty, get on with it. Just be careful, because you do run

:47:39.:48:07.

the risk there. OK, the mark is there. Step of it.

:48:08.:48:33.

Rory Thornton has claimed every line-out since coming on. Sam Parry

:48:34.:48:44.

keeps it in there. Until Brendon Leonard picks his moment. Especially

:48:45.:48:57.

when you've got to run that back, your ten points down, there's only

:48:58.:49:00.

six and a half minute, you've got to try something, haven't you?

:49:01.:49:04.

Otherwise you're killing the clock, giving the ball back to the Ospreys.

:49:05.:49:13.

You've got to have your bonus to try something. I think they are

:49:14.:49:17.

demoralised now. There's no change from the Ospreys' defence. Ollie

:49:18.:49:26.

Griffiths picks up the loose line-out ball. Pretorius to Jones.

:49:27.:49:31.

Morgan... Just behind his shoulder, Pretorius. Buckley. Landman.

:49:32.:49:43.

As the Dragons at last get a chance to keep ball in hand. Ashton Hewitt

:49:44.:50:05.

to Tyler Morgan once again. That's a tackle! Pretorius... The chase is

:50:06.:50:19.

on. Pat Howard gets it but even though he ground the ball it's not

:50:20.:50:21.

forward. Just a tinge of disappointment.

:50:22.:50:39.

Quite clearly went forward. Clearly forward. I think I'll be

:50:40.:50:49.

disappointed with that, Pat Howard. So, the Ospreys try line remains

:50:50.:50:52.

intact. Penalty goes the Dragons' way. Went

:50:53.:51:28.

he goes scrum again? Try and get a bonus point now? Dorian Jones like

:51:29.:51:35.

looks like he might go for the corner. Lewis Evans' call.

:51:36.:51:53.

After being under the cosh for pretty much the whole of the second

:51:54.:51:59.

half, the Dragons may have an opportunity to grab something from

:52:00.:52:06.

this game. Good drive, kept their positions well, now they've what the

:52:07.:52:11.

ground. Was it illegal? Play on, says Ian Davies. Hobbs gets driven

:52:12.:52:22.

on by Ed Jackson and Ollie Griffiths. There's the ball first

:52:23.:52:26.

Sarel Pretorius. Lewis Evans the skipper... Pretorius... Nicky Smith

:52:27.:52:39.

defending the outside centre position. Landman... Again,

:52:40.:52:45.

Pretorius looks wide. Fairbrother has a go. Now it's the Ospreys'

:52:46.:52:54.

turned to do a bit of defending. Pretorius, change of direction to

:52:55.:53:03.

Lewis Evans. Matavesi leads that defence... And the ball is held up

:53:04.:53:14.

off the floor. Excellent defensive work as the Dragons are denied.

:53:15.:53:22.

Jonathan, man of the yours. For me, Ollie Griffiths had a good game but

:53:23.:53:25.

for me it's got to be that man there. Olly Cracknell, ten tackles,

:53:26.:53:34.

of after 65 minutes so he still tops those stats. His contribution has

:53:35.:53:38.

been immense. Very good performance by the young man.

:53:39.:53:54.

He has certainly made his presence felt since coming down to join the

:53:55.:53:58.

Ospreys. Still only 22 years old. They are trying hard to get back

:53:59.:54:38.

into it. It looks as though the Ospreys will be keeping a clean

:54:39.:54:46.

sheet. 35-17, the corresponding fixture down at the Liberty at the

:54:47.:54:52.

end of October. A solitary try this evening in the first half, way back

:54:53.:55:01.

from Justin Tipuric. James King tries to clear the decks again.

:55:02.:55:11.

Underhill giving enough, and enough is enough, says Dan Biggar. Brave

:55:12.:55:16.

defensive effort by the Dragons in the second half. The Ospreys very

:55:17.:55:21.

much in control, couldn't add to the first half try, but their winning

:55:22.:55:32.

ways continue. That's four in a row for them after the blip in Munster.

:55:33.:55:36.

It's only Munster above them in the table. The Ospreys starting the New

:55:37.:55:44.

Year as strongly as they finish the old one. Couldn't manage another

:55:45.:55:50.

bonus point, but in these conditions they won't mind. The game only just

:55:51.:55:55.

went ahead, the Ospreys will be glad to get it out of the way and keep on

:55:56.:56:01.

and go from Rodney Parade with a win and four points. 10-0 the margin of

:56:02.:56:06.

victory in the end for the Ospreys. Man of the match, Olly Cracknell, is

:56:07.:56:13.

with Phil. Congratulations, will give you our Guinness man of the

:56:14.:56:22.

match award. It's Sally's birthday today. In a strange masochistic way,

:56:23.:56:27.

did you enjoy it? I did quite enjoy it. This sort of game seek the way I

:56:28.:56:33.

play quite a lot. It's good to get the winners. Once you got the first

:56:34.:56:37.

try, did you always feel that might be enough? I think so. We do back

:56:38.:56:43.

our defence quite a lot so that was key. The Dragons put quite a lot of

:56:44.:56:48.

pressure on us but just pleased to get over the line, really. You went

:56:49.:56:52.

out there for that bit of defence at the end but how impressive was that?

:56:53.:56:57.

Massive. Great shift at the end. They came really close and the

:56:58.:57:02.

second half was just, throughout the whole second half, really close. I

:57:03.:57:06.

think that last set sums up the attitude of the boys today. Well

:57:07.:57:10.

done, nine from nine. Great, very good. Cheers. STUDIO:

:57:11.:57:21.

Congratulations to Olly Cracknell, today's man of the match. Another

:57:22.:57:25.

victory for the Ospreys. They really gain second place in the table.

:57:26.:57:30.

Munster are top of the pile... The Scarlets are into fourth courtesy of

:57:31.:57:35.

their victory over the Blues. Which means 2017 begins we have two Welsh

:57:36.:57:41.

regions in the top four of the Pro12 table. Dragons dropped to tenth as a

:57:42.:57:48.

result of today's defeat. You don't have to be called Ollie to be a of

:57:49.:57:52.

the man of the match but it certainly helps. Olly Cracknell, he

:57:53.:57:58.

did that bit of magic to put Tipuric away. Very physical, like you said,

:57:59.:58:03.

those conditions suiting him. I think he deserved that coming out on

:58:04.:58:08.

the winning team as well. Although Ollie Griffiths was probably a close

:58:09.:58:12.

second in the man of the match race and he himself defensively at least

:58:13.:58:17.

had a cracking game. Yet, it was a game for the sevens. He has a lot of

:58:18.:58:21.

defending to do and he had opportunities to get over the ball.

:58:22.:58:25.

He was particularly influential for the Dragons. As much as the Ospreys

:58:26.:58:29.

huffed and puffed, he chose the breakdowns to go to and was

:58:30.:58:34.

successful. That was a little illegal but this one he was a bit

:58:35.:58:38.

unlucky. That's a penalty, he's over the ball, he's their first and the

:58:39.:58:45.

second attempted got away. Good tackler, good prospect, he's one for

:58:46.:58:59.

the future. So many sevens, in the Scarlets, Thomas Young is tearing up

:59:00.:59:02.

the Aviva at the moment. Ollie Griffiths with a real defensive

:59:03.:59:08.

performance. You might say Tipuric was quiet today but the Ospreys had

:59:09.:59:12.

all the ball. It's a nice game for Ollie Griffiths, he's a poacher. He

:59:13.:59:16.

did his job really well and stopped the Ospreys creating much momentum.

:59:17.:59:21.

Yet another victory for the Ospreys. We become used to talking about the

:59:22.:59:25.

tries they score. Bonus points galore, especially in Europe. Today

:59:26.:59:31.

it was all about attitude and defence. It had to be about

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attitude. You can see why Steve Tandy and his team didn't want to

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play today. As dominant as they were, the Dragons were still in the

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game. This was the second half. Ironically it was an Ollie Griffiths

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penalty. They did show their determination and they showed their

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class in the end to grind out a win, get on the bus and get home.

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They also showed confidence to turn down a number of kickable penalties.

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There was buried the end where the Dragons could have got close. The

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Dragons finally got out of their own half and had a penalty in the middle

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of the park. I think they should have gone for the corner. You might

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only get one opportunity, which they did at the end. They could have put

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pressure on the Ospreys but they didn't. Even if the 3-pointer gone

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over, I'm not sure what they would have gained from that. Apart from a

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couple and is where you thought they could come back into it, Dan Biggar

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bossed the game. He put them in the corners. And the Ospreys back

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squeezed the life out of the Dragons pack. If there are positives for the

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Dragon, they disrupted the line-out almost at will at times. Getting a

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shove on as well. But errors let them down. It seems to be deja vu.

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It was the same in the first half against the Blues. Here, they kicked

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the ball is rated at three times. We know they don't like to be kept

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waiting. When you design the Boxing Day game as one for the purists, how

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would you describe that? Probably one for the traditionalists. I think

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wearily disappointed, irrelevant of conditions. The out of territory we

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had, we should have capitalised more. We had to put pressure on. We

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are really disappointed coming out. Yes, job done but we could have put

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more than that on the park. Another four points and 949. When you have

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conditions like that, this block of three games, Scarlets, Dragons and

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Connacht is a turning point in the season for us. So far so good but a

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massive game against Connacht coming up. If you make it ten from ten, how

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will that set you up? We are not looking at it like that. Without

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giving away too much, we still have a bit of hope in us from last year.

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It doesn't have only play games like this. It probably does because it

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heightens that. We have a big game coming up and we have the win and it

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is time to move on. Simon Jones was talking at the beginning there about

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what we were talking about, the fact the Dragons did disrupt them in the

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line-out and got the shove in the scrum. So aspects that the Dragons

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can be pleased with. It shows what a perfectionist he is that he wins at

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night game on the trot and is not happy. Only he can get the word

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dysfunctional into a post match interview. The scrum was good, in

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the first half in particular. Defensively they were good. Against

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the Blues in the second half, they didn't concede a point. There are

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good signs but they lack that little bit of quality and finishing power.

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They couldn't get Ashton Hewitt involved in the game today. At home,

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they look pretty strong. One try for us to watch back again. We might as

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well milk it. Habberfield creates the opening. He makes the initial

:03:24.:03:30.

break. We talked about Olly Cracknell in support and his fellow

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flanker, with the athleticism to finish. The one highlight of the

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game really. It was early on and you wondered if conditions were not that

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bad. But it turned into a real kicking fest, which you would

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associate with the game seven or eight, nine yes ago. Just watching

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the ball go back and forward over your head. It is what it is, but

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that one to bed and move on. On that, the boys in commentary

:04:01.:04:03.

expressed their views on the kicking game. To a certain extent,

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conditions dictate tactics. The Ospreys, when they knew they had to

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play, they had to play that way. Promised the boys in the truck I

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wouldn't mention kicking but I have do. If you take the Ospreys there,

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they will go there. They will bore you and kick you and play gaining

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ground until you make an error. Pat Howard knocked the ball on just

:04:25.:04:28.

under the stand. They don't care if the crowd booing, they are going to

:04:29.:04:32.

take it to the wire and they have lots of good kickers and also

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structure and good field position. Credit to them. They played the

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conditions and changed their mind set when the starting whistle went.

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All of that stuff with art of the way. Alun Wyn Jones didn't want to

:04:45.:04:51.

look beyond the Connacht game, but the Ospreys have won Pro12 titles

:04:52.:04:55.

for times. You talk about the hurt of coming a class easing, it is

:04:56.:04:58.

halfway through the season, too early to talk about them as title

:04:59.:05:04.

contenders? They are definitely title contenders, it is about

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getting those top two spots and the home semifinal because they are so

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difficult to beat at home. We mention the Six Nations is crucial

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when the big players are away. Many congratulations to Ospreys, they are

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on a roll right now, nine in a row in all competitions, the 11th win in

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a row over the Dragons. Many congratulations to them, happy New

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Year to you all is well, good night.

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Ross Harries presents the second of Scrum V's festive derbies with live coverage of Dragons v Ospreys from Rodney Parade.

Studio guests include former Wales internationals Jonathan Davies and Martyn Williams, and former Ospreys head coach Sean Holley.