Ospreys end year on winning note

Mon, 31 Dec 2012 17:59
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Eli Walker and Ashley Beck tries were enough to keep Ospreys' Pro12 play-off charge on course with a 14-3 victory over the Dragons on Monday.

Eli Walker and Ashley Beck tries were enough to keep Ospreys' Pro12 play-off charge on course with a 14-3 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons on Monday.

Speedy wing Walker notched his third try of the campaign as early as the fourth minute as the reigning champions stormed out of the blocks, and they looked on course to seal their third consecutive league win with ease.

Instead the visitors were made to work all the way by a dogged Dragons outfit, but despite their tenacity, Beck's second-half effort resigned them to a sixth defeat in seven Pro12 games.

The Ospreys were ahead in their first attack through Walker who finished expertly in the left corner after a sweeping move.

The wing was tackled by Will Harries but somehow kept his feet in the air as he was being dragged to touch. Dan Biggar, who finished the game with four points, slotted the conversion from the touchline for a 7-0 lead.

Moments later, Tom Prydie missed the chance to reduce the arrears for the Dragons with a penalty, but on 12 minutes he made no mistake after the Ospreys captain Kahn Fotuali'i was penalised ten yards for dissent.

Despite their initial bright start, the Ospreys were struggling, with handling errors gifting Newport territory.

However, Steve Tandy's troops stood up to wave after wave of attacks from the hosts and they escaped midway through the first half with their lead intact.

A ten-minute lull of kicking between the side's backs saw the Dragons charge halt somewhat, but Biggar came up short with a penalty six minutes before the break.

Two minutes after the restart Walker came within a whisker of notching his and Ospreys' second try but prop Phil Price palmed the ball into touch before he could ground it.

The Ospreys were beginning to up the pressure and seven minutes later Biggar attempted a clever kick that Prydie had to collect beyond his try-line, otherwise Ross Jones would have been in to score in the right corner.

But their second-half dominance eventually told when replacement Beck went over with his first meaningful contribution of the match on 62 minutes.

The centre, on for Jones just four minutes previously, latched onto a Biggar charge down to find his way under the posts. Biggar's conversion made it 14-3 to the visitors.

Despite a renewed effort from Newport to gain a losing bonus point, they found Ospreys' defence too determined to break and the Liberty Stadium outfit held on to move onto the coattails of fourth-placed Glasgow Warriors in the Pro12 table.

The scorers:

For Newport Gwent Dragons:
Pen:
Prydie

For Ospreys:
Tries:
Walker, Beck
Con: Biggar 2

Teams:

Newport Gwent Dragons:
15 Hallam Amos, 14 Will Harries, 13 Pat Leach, 12 Andy Tuilagi, 11 Tom Prydie, 10 Lewis Robling, 9 Jonathan Evans, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Nic Cudd, 6 Lewis Evans (captain), 5 Rob Sidoli, 4 Andrew Coombs, 3 Dan Way, 2 Sam Parry, 1 Phil Price.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Gustafson, 17 Owen Evans, 18 Nathan Buck, 19 Adam Jones, 20 Tom Brown, 21 Wayne Evans, 22 Steffan Jones, 23 Jack Dixon.

Ospreys: 15 Richard Fussell, 14 Ross Jones, 13 Tom Isaacs, 12 Andrew Bishop, 11 Eli Walker, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Kahn Fotuali'i (captain), 8 Joe Bearman, 7 Sam Lewis, 6 Ryan Jones, 5 James King, 4 Lloyd Peers, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Ryan Bevington.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Duncan Jones, 18 Cai Griffiths, 19 Jonathan Thomas, 20 Morgan Allen, 21 Tom Habberfield, 22 Matthew Morgan, 23 Ashley Beck.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Neil Hennessy, Rhys Thomas (both Wales)
TMO: Paul Adams (Wales)

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