GUINNESS PRO14 Sunday wrap: Scarlets and Ospreys triumph in Welsh derbies

Jimmy Booker
01 January 2018

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It was Scarlets and Ospreys who were celebrating after two Welsh derbies finished off 2017’s Guinness PRO14 action.

Scarlets stretched their lead at the top of Conference B to six points after a hard-fought 14-11 victory at Arms Park over Cardiff Blues.

After a difficult year thus far, Ospreys finished 2017 in successful fashion as they proved too much for Dragons in Round 12.

Ospreys end testing year on a high

While Ospreys remain bottom of Conference A, some big performances from their senior players saw them secure only their third victory of the season, ending a run of ten successive away defeats in the league.

Dragons were missing Wales internationals Hallam Amos and Tyler Morgan and tries from Ospreys’ Scott Baldwin, Cory Allen and Sam Davies, backed up by solid kicking from Dan Biggar, saw the visitors secure a 22-9 win at Rodney Parade.

The recalled Biggar set up the first two of Ospreys’ tries but fellow internationals Allen and Dan Lydiate both left the field with bicep and arm injuries respectively.

Young fly-half Arwel Robson slotted three penalties for the hosts while Gavin Henson was left out against his former side.

Scarlets claim victory at packed out Arms Park

A ferociously contested match saw visiting Scarlets tighten their grip on top spot of Conference B after coming from behind against Cardiff Blues.

They trailed 11-7 at the break after Ellis Jenkins crossed the whitewash and Gareth Anscombe added two penalties, cancelling out Tom Prydie’s converted score, but Rhys Patchell’s second-half try gave Scarlets their 10th triumph in 12 Guinness PRO14 matches.

Cardiff had chances to win the match themselves but the power of the Scarlets told and Danny Wilson’s outfit failed to make the most of the possession and territory.

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