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Ospreys team to face Scarlets

Guinness PRO12 Editor

20 Sep 2012


The Ospreys team to play the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets on Friday 21st September, KO 7.05pm, is as follows:

15 Richard Fussell
14 Hanno Dirksen
13 Tom Isaacs
12 Andrew Bishop
11 Tom Grabham
10 Dan Biggar
9 Kahn Fotuali’i

1 Duncan Jones
2 Richard Hibbard
3 Aaron Jarvis
4 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)
5 Ian Evans
6 George Stowers
7 Justin Tipuric
8 Joe Bearman

16 Scott Baldwin
17 Ryan Bevington
18 Joe Rees
19 Jonathan Thomas
20 Ryan Jones
21 Rhys Webb
22 Matthew Morgan
23 Jonathan Spratt

The following players were not considered because of injury:
Adam Jones – Knee
Eli Walker – Shoulder
James Goode – Groin
Tom Habberfield – Ankle
James King – Shoulder
Ashley Beck – Pelvis

Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said:
“This derby is always a big game, something special, and no doubt that will be the case on Friday. It’s great that local rivalries still mean so much, that despite the changes in the game we can still have these big derby matches.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that who will be going into the game as favourites given recent results. They have been playing good rugby, scoring tries, and their tails will be up, but we’ll be doing everything we can to ensure that our fans there on Friday night can head back this side of the bridge proud of their team.

“I’ve already spoken about how disappointed we were with the performance on Friday night. The overall performance wasn’t acceptable and the players are well aware of that. We have our own internal standards that we expect from any Ospreys team and on Friday night in particular we didn’t reach those standards.

“It’s been a tough few weeks but despite the disappointment we’ve still managed to learn a lot from three games, something that will stand us in stead throughout this season and beyond that. Through necessity we have to work with a smaller group of players this season and it’s been crucial that we have a look at our squad depth at this point of the season. It’s not been easy as we all know, but we have to start kicking on from where we are.”

Forthcoming Fixtures
Sat 29 Sep – 18.30 KO – Ospreys v Munster – RaboDirect PRO12
Fri 5 Oct – 19.05 KO – Zebre v Ospreys – RaboDirect PRO12
Fri 12 Oct – 20.00KO – Ospreys v Benetton Treviso – Heineken Cup
Sun 21 Oct – 15.00KO – Leicester Tigers v Ospreys – Heineken Cup
Sat 27 Oct – 14.30KO – Ospreys v Connacht – RaboDirect PRO12