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- Guinness PRO12
- 20th Apr 2014
- KO 16:45
- Ground: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
- Att: 30,411
RaboDirect PRO12: Ospreys made hard work of beating Dragons
The Ospreys made hard work of their 14th straight win over Welsh opposition as Newport Gwent Dragons were defeated 20-10 at the Millennium Stadium.
It keeps the Ospreys play-off chances alive but it could have been far more comfortable had they been disciplined in the first half and turned huge pressure into points.
But it was only in the final 20 minutes that the Liberty Stadium men put the seal on the game.
To get to that outcome, the Dragons' try came via scrum-half Richie Rees, with Kris Burton converting and wing Tom Prydie landing a long-range penalty.
The Ospreys' points came via a penalty try and a touchdown for scrum-half Tom Habberfield, while fly-half Dan Biggar converted both and also landed two penalties.
At either end of the match, the Ospreys were dominant and twice in the first 14 minutes were denied tries when full-back Richard Fussell's effort was scrubbed for an earlier knock on, while number eight Dan Baker knocked on in the action of touching down.
Indeed, the Ospreys had so much possession and territory, they should have been running away with it but were frustrated by indiscipline at the loose situations within metres of the Dragons' line, where they were repeatedly penalised and lost the ball to turnovers.
Ospreys' Welsh international Ryan Jones, at lock, was sin-binned for killing the ball at a ruck five metres from his line but the Dragons could not take advantage as the match was remarkably left scoreless at half-time.
That first half of defiance by the Dragons had an immediate positive impact as they broke the deadlock within six minutes of the restart with a superbly worked try that Burton converted.
Rees started and finished the move on the right that involved full-back Hallam Amos, centre Tyler Morgan and lock Cory Hill before the scrum-half dashed in from 15 metres.
But the Ospreys hit back when replacement flanker Nic Cudd high-tackled Biggar and was sent to the sin-bin, leaving the Welsh international fly-half a 38-metre penalty chance that he took.
The game began to open up further as the Ospreys mounted another attack and, this time, made no mistake on the Dragons line as Habberfield dived over from two metres for a try that Biggar converted.
A silly error by centre Jonathan Spratt, where he put his arm up in midfield and deflected the ball while in an offside position, earned him a yellow card and saw Prydie land a 38-metre penalty to level the match.
Finally, the Ospreys went in front when Biggar booted a 40-metre penalty as they put down the hammer again, forcing Morgan to infringe and get a yellow card before a scrum on the Dragons line was collapsed, leaving referee Nigel Owens no option but to award a penalty try.
Fussell was again left without a try when he knocked on over the line in the second but it would only have been a gloss-adding score.
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Sunday 21st December|
|16:00||Dragons vs Zebre|
|Friday 26th December|
|14:05||Cardiff Blues vs Dragons|
|17:00||Munster vs Leinster|
|18:45||Ulster vs Connacht|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:40||Glasgow vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Ospreys vs Scarlets|
|Sunday 28th December|
|14:00||Zebre vs Treviso|
|Thursday 1st January|
|14:05||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Cardiff Blues|
|17:00||Connacht vs Munster|
|Friday 2nd January|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Glasgow Warriors|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Zebre|
|14:40||Leinster vs Ulster|
|17:05||Scarlets vs Ospreys|
|Friday 9th January|
|19:35||Connacht vs Edinburgh|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Scarlets|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:40||Cardiff Blues vs Leinster|
|15:00||Zebre vs Munster|
|Sunday 11th January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Ulster|
|16:00||Ospreys vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Wednesday 14th January|
|TBC||Leinster vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Connacht|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Ulster vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Zebre vs Glasgow|
|TBC||Munster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Ospreys 31 - 20 Ulster|
|Glasgow Warriors 21 - 18 Munster|
|Friday 19th December|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 9 Scarlets|
|Edinburgh 48 - 0 Treviso|
|Leinster 21 - 11 Connacht|
|Sunday 30th November|
|Glasgow Warriors 19 - 15 Dragons|
|Saturday 29th November|
|Connacht 14 - 8 Scarlets|
|Leinster 18 - 12 Ospreys|
|Zebre 18 - 10 Edinburgh|
|Friday 28th November|
|Cardiff Blues 36 - 25 Treviso|
|Munster 21 - 20 Ulster|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff Blues|
|Treviso 24 - 24 Leinster|
|Friday 21st November|
|Ulster 25 - 16 Ospreys|
|Connacht 43 - 3 Zebre|
|Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow Warriors|
|Dragons 12 - 38 Munster|
|Saturday 1st November|
|Ulster 23 - 6 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Scarlets 28 - 13 Zebre|
|Cardiff Blues 24 - 28 Munster|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com