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- Guinness PRO12
- 26th Dec 2012
- KO 17:30
- Ground: Liberty Stadium, Swansea
- Att: 19,443
RaboDirect PRO12: Ospreys soar over Scarlets
The Ospreys cruised to a crushing 32-3 RaboDirect Pro12 victory over second-placed Scarlets at the Liberty Stadium.
Dan Biggar scored 14 points for the hosts, who climb up to fifth place in the table after their three-try victory.
The visitors had two players sent off late on but by then the Ospreys had completed a league double over their Welsh rivals after a penalty try and two further tries for lock James King and skipper Kahn Fotuali'i.
Fly-half Dan Biggar added 14 points with the boot and Fotuali'i also kicked a drop-goal as Ospreys stormed to victory in front of a crowd of 19,443 in Swansea.
The Scarlets were not helped that they had replacements Rob McCusker and Gareth Owen sent off in the final minutes and also had another three players sin-binned - George Earle, Tavis Knoyle and Aled Thomas.
The Ospreys, who were boosted by the return of Wales prop Adam Jones for his first start in two months, were dominant throughout after taking the lead when Biggar kicked a third-minute penalty from a scrum offence.
Good pressure from the Ospreys, who hammered at the Scarlets' 22, ended with a snap drop-goal from scrum-half Fotuali'i to double their lead.
Centre Ashley Beck's kick to the corner forced a five-metre scrum and the Scarlets eight disintegrated,referee Nigel Owen awarding a penalty try converted by Biggar.
There was some respite for the Scarlets when fly-half Thomas opened the visitors' account with a 27th-minute penalty.
Jones went over the line again but referee Owen had already blown for a penalty which Biggar kicked to give the Ospreys a 16-3 lead on 34 minutes, with his opposite number Thomas missing his own shot at goal two minutes later.
Biggar knocked over his third penalty in injury time to give the Ospreys a 16-point half-time lead and they continued to dominate in the second half, scoring an unconverted try for King on 48 minutes after Richard Fussell had broken down the left flank.
The lead was increased to 24 with a fourth Biggar penalty and matters did not get any better for the Scarlets as replacement scrum-half Knoyle was sin-binned for taking Eli Walker without the ball, as Fotuali'i squeezed in at the left corner.
The Scarlets had a third man, fly-half Thomas, sent to the bin before a dramatic final three minutes saw McCusker and Owen both shown red for foul play.
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Friday 6th March|
|19:35||Cardiff Blues vs Connacht|
|19:35||Glasgow Warriors vs Zebre|
|Saturday 7th March|
|14:40||Ospreys vs Munster|
|17:15||Scarlets vs Leinster|
|18:00||Treviso vs Edinburgh|
|Sunday 8th March|
|16:00||Dragons vs Ulster|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:35||Leinster vs Glasgow|
|19:35||Ulster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 28th March|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Zebre|
|14:40||Scarlets vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Munster vs Connacht|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Cardiff Blues|
|19:35||Benetton Treviso vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 11th April|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Munster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Scarlets|
|14:40||Connacht vs Ulster|
|Sunday 12th April|
|16:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Leinster|
|Friday 24th April|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Zebre|
|19:35||Ulster vs Leinster|
|Saturday 25th April|
|TBC||Munster vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Scarlets|
|TBC||Connacht vs Glasgow|
|Saturday 9th May|
|TBC||Ulster vs Munster|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Connacht 53 - 5 Treviso|
|Zebre 23 - 17 Dragons|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 15 Edinburgh|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Munster 22 - 10 Glasgow Warriors|
|Friday 27th February|
|Ospreys 9 - 9 Leinster|
|Ulster 25 - 20 Scarlets|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|Dragons 25 - 30 Connacht|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Glasgow 19 - 16 Ospreys|
|Scarlets 25 - 25 Munster|
|Friday 20th February|
|Edinburgh 17 - 20 Ulster|
|Leinster 29 - 8 Zebre|
|Benetton Treviso 40 - 24 Cardiff Blues|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Leinster 14 - 16 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Zebre 10 - 54 Glasgow|
|Scarlets 32 - 14 Connacht|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Munster 33 - 16 Cardiff Blues|
|Friday 13th February|
|Edinburgh 24 - 16 Ospreys|
|Ulster 43 - 3 Benetton Treviso|
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