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Ospreys team to play the Scarlets

Guinness PRO14 Rugby Editor

5 May 2017

Ospreys team to play the Scarlets

The Ospreys travel to West Wales to face the Scarlets in a mouthwatering Welsh Regional derby at Parc Y Scarlets on Saturday afternoon (Kick off 5:15pm, live on Sky Sports and BBC Wales).

The Ospreys team to play the Scarlets at the Liberty Stadium, on Saturday 6th May 2017, KO 5.15pm is as follows:

OSPREYS

15 Dan Evans
14 Keelan Giles
13 Kieron Fonotia
12 Josh Matavesi
11 Tom Habberfield
10 Dan Biggar
9 Rhys Webb (Capt)

1 Nicky Smith
2 Scott Baldwin
3 Rhodri Jones
4 Bradley Davies
5 Tyler Ardron
6 Sam Underhill
7 Justin Tipuric
8 James King

REPLACEMENTS

16 Scott Otten
17 Paul James
18 Dan Suter
19 Lloyd Ashley
20 Dan Baker
21 Brendon Leonard
22 Jonathan Spratt
23 Dafydd Howells

Dan Evans will become the first player in Ospreys history to make 30 appearances in a single season, completing his third consecutive campaign where he has played in every regular season Guinness PRO12 game since joining the Ospreys in 2014

The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:

Dmitri Arhip – Shoulder
Ashley Beck – Shoulder
Sam Davies – Chest
Hanno Dirksen – Knee
Ma’afu Fia – Knee
Jeff Hassler – Achilles
Ben John – HIA
Alun Wyn Jones – Shoulder
Dan Lydiate – Knee
Rob McCusker – Ankle
Brian Mujati – Shoulder
Sam Parry – Neck
James Ratti – Shoulder
Eli Walker – Back
Owen Watkin – Knee

Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:

“There’s one game to go in the regular season and in this part of the world it doesn’t get bigger than Scarlets v Ospreys so I’ve no doubt it’s going to be a great occasion in front of a big crowd.

“It was a huge win for us against Ulster last week which put us in control of our destiny and that’s all you can ask for after Round 21. We know that we had a bit of a bump in the road through April but the win has given that breathing space and we are heading west aiming to finish the job. We don’t want to leave anything to chance.

“What’s important to us now is starting to build some momentum. If we are going to extend the season to the end of May in the Aviva, we have to do it the hard way as it will mean three games on the road against sides currently above us in the table. That’s the challenge and we are looking forward to it. You have to enjoy it, these end of season fixtures are why we play the game.

“The Scarlets have been the form team in the PRO12 in the latter part of the season and will feel that they are favourites for this one with a big, vocal crowd behind them. We’ve got to front up and with a fair bit of travelling support there as always, we want to give them something to shout about.”

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