Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Ospreys go fourth after Dragons defeat

Dan Biggar claimed 18 points as Ospreys defeated Newport Gwent Dragons

Ospreys moved into the top four of the RaboDirect PRO12 table as their returning Wales stars inspired them to an emphatic seven-try 52-19 victory over the Newport Gwent Dragons.

Tries from Kahn Fotuali'i, Tom Habberfield, Ashley Beck, Tom Isaacs, Dan Biggar, Dmitri Arhip and Justin Tipuric ensured a five-point haul for the hosts, which sees them leapfrog local rivals the Scarlets. Fly-half Biggar booted 13 points with replacement Matthew Morgan slotting the final two conversions.

Dan Evans and Toby Faletau went over for the visitors, while Steffan Jones slotted three penalties as the Dragons slumped to a record defeat in this fixture.

Ospreys fielded all six of the players who had helped Wales resoundingly thump England last weekend, and Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones, Alun Wyn Jones, Ian Evans, Biggar and the superb Tipuric enjoyed a comfortable return to regional action.

But the most telling return of the night could yet prove to be that of Dan Lydiate. The Wales flanker made his first appearance in six months for the visitors after breaking an ankle.

The tough-tackling back-rower has limited time to try and force his way into Lions contention, but made some typical juddering challenges before being replaced as planned at half-time.

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