Monday 1 May 2017

Ospreys keep up pace

A try from Welsh flanker Justin Tipuric helped the Ospreys start 2017 with a victory. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
A try from Welsh flanker Justin Tipuric helped the Ospreys start 2017 with a victory. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Independent.ie Newdesk

The Ospreys moved back up to second in the Pro12 table by running out 10-0 winners against Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade.

Ospreys started 2017 with a victory thanks to a try by Wales flanker Justin Tipuric and five points from the boot of international team-mate Dan Biggar, and sit two points behind leaders Munster.

The Dragons headed into the game in 10th place and on a run of five straight wins in all competitions in Newport but couldn't cause an upset despite the tricky conditions being something of a leveller.

Meanwhile, Steff Evans scored one try and created another as Scarlets claimed an important 15-10 derby victory over Cardiff Blues to regain fourth place.

Scarlets' two tries came from Evans and skipper Scott Williams, with Rhys Patchell providing a penalty and a conversion.

Blues, who claimed a losing bonus point, were indebted to a fine try from centre Willis Halaholo in the second half, converted by Steve Shingler.

Irish Independent

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