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Preview: Springbok Orie in line for debut as Ospreys reinforced

Avatar Ross Lawson 1 Nov 2019

Conference B leaders Connacht make the trip to South Wales tomorrow buoyed by their Round 4 toppling of Toyota Cheetahs and hoping to build on their growing Guinness PRO14 momentum.

Ospreys, meanwhile, come into the fixture with just a solitary win this season, lying sixth in Conference A after what has been a stop-start opening to their campaign.

Bonus-point victories have been the order of the day for the Irish side since their first round defeat to Scarlets, and head coach Andy Friend has now given five players their maiden start of the Guinness PRO14 season including in-form centre Tom Farrell and tighthead prop Dominic Robertson-McCoy.

But Ospreys boss Allen Clarke has largely opted for continuity over change despite his side’s slow start to the season, naming an unchanged backline as they seek to pick up their first win over an Irish province in seven attempts.

Kick-off: Liberty Stadium, Swansea | KO 17:15 UK time, Saturday 2 November

How to watch: Live on S4C TV, DAZN, TG4 and Premier Sports 1

Players to watch out for: Marvin Orie (Ospreys), Niyi Adeolokun (Connacht)

While Clarke has retained faith in the crop of players who succumbed to a 28-12 defeat in Munster last weekend, second-row Marvin Orie makes his debut for the Welsh region to inject some South African experience into the pack.

The arrival of Orie this week – on a loan deal until December 26 – will surely rejuvenate a depleted Ospreys side who have lost a raft of players to the World Cup, with the Springbok international eager to make an immediate impact.

Connacht wing Niyi Adeolokun, meanwhile, was in scintillating form in Round 4 as the Irishmen toppled Cheetahs, providing an effective combination of attacking potency and defensive stability.

The wide man was clinical in taking his first half try and proved a continual menace for the Cheetahs to deal with, arriving in Round 5 with plenty of momentum he will be hoping to build upon in Swansea.

Key stat: The last five fixtures between the two sides have all been won by the home side on the day, whilst Connacht’s only victory in thirteen previous visits to Liberty Stadium was in October 2015.

Ospreys: Cai Evans, Hanno Dirksen, Scott Williams, Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler, Tom Williams, Luke Price, Matthew Aubrey, Rhodri Jones, Sam Parry, Tom Botha, Marvin Orie, Lloyd Ashley, Dan Lydiate (c), Olly Cracknell, Dan Baker

Replacements: Scott Otten, Gareth Thomas, Ma’afu Fia, Sam Cross, Morgan Morris, Reuben Morgan-Williams, James Hook, Lesley Klim

Connacht Rugby: Darragh Leader, Niyi Adeolokun, Tom Farrell, Peter Robb, John Porch, Conor Fitzgerald, Kieran Marmion, Denis Buckley, Dave Heffernan, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, Ultan Dillane, Joe Maksymiw, Eoghan Masterson, Jarrad Butler (c), Paul Boyle

Replacements: Jonny Murphy, Matthew Burke, Conor Kenny, Cillian Gallagher, Robin Copeland, Caolin Blade, Tom Daly, Stephen Fitzgerald


Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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Report: Connacht creep past Ospreys to go four unbeaten

Avatar Peter White 2 Nov 2019

Connacht extended their unbeaten run to four matches to strengthen their Guinness PRO14 credentials by battling to a scrappy win over Conference A strugglers Ospreys in Swansea.

First-half tries from Niyi Adeolokun and Peter Robb put the visitors in charge, and despite Ospreys hitting back through a Sam Parry score, the Irishmen clung on for the win.

The victory sees Connacht triumph at the Liberty Stadium for just the second time in 14 visits, while the Welshmen slump to their fourth defeat in five to mark a disappointing start to the fresh campaign.

Key moments

The hosts had won their last three games at the Liberty and Luke Price took his chance to kick his side in front in the early stages after a period of good ball retention.

But Connacht responded almost instantly with their first sniff of an attack, Adeolokun completing a fabulous kick-and-chase after good hands from Tom Farrell to give the Irishmen the lead.

Conor Fitzgerald extended the visitors’ advantage with his boot after Ospreys fell the wrong side of a couple of contentious penalty decisions, and after Dan Lydiate was sent to the sin bin, Robb found a gap and went over for his side’s second try.

The hosts enjoyed a sustained period of possession around the half-hour mark without reward, but the remaining 10 minutes of the first period stayed scoreless, giving Connacht a slender 17-3 advantage at the break.

The caginess continued in the opening stages of the second half with neither team able to truly gain control of the game.

But Ospreys kept plugging away and a dominant driving maul saw Parry bulldoze over in the corner to reduce the deficit with 25 minutes to go.

A Fitzgerald penalty after an hour restored Connacht’s lead to 10 points, and despite a determined defensive effort from the Welsh region, the match remained in the balance for its remainder and the advantage stayed with Connacht.

Man of the match

Connacht fullback Darragh Leader deserves credit for marshalling expertly from the back and he made plenty of yards when he carried, asking the Ospreys defence a myriad of questions.

But his teammate Peter Robb stood out at centre, making 46 metres, drawing several defenders and scoring a try to help steer the Galway-based side to a hard-earned win.

Play of the day

Connacht had barely had a touch of the ball in the opening five minutes of the contest, but Luke Price’s penalty for Ospreys seemed to burst the visitors into life and they hit back with a brilliant score.

Clever hands from Conor Fitzgerald, John Porch and Tom Farrell found Niyi Adeolokun on the wing, who kicked deep into Ospreys territory before running the length of the pitch, collecting and going over to give the 2015-16 champions the lead.


Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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