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Ospreys character impresses Tiatia

Ospreys technical coach Filo Tiatia was celebrating after his side crushed Cardiff Blues 29-7 in their LV= Cup clash.

Cardiff forged ahead through centre Gavin Evans' early try but the Ospreys quickly hit back as Matthew Morgan kicked four penalties in the first half, with a penalty try and a Morgan Allen touchdown helping them into a healthy half-time lead. Hanno Dirksen completed the scoring for the Ospreys late on.

"It was a good exercise," said Tiatia. "We didn't really execute, which was a bit disappointing, but we scored three good tries. And when we were down to 13 men, they showed a lot of character. A lot of young kids played and I'm really proud of them."

Cardiff Blues backs coach Gareth Baber, who shared responsibilities with his forwards counterpart Justin Burnell, was also glad of the chance to work with his region's young talent.

"For the future of the Cardiff Blues, we need these games to give the youngsters experience," he said. "It's big respect to our development system that these players are coming through. It bodes well for the future."

Baber was particularly pleased with wing Harry Robinson, at 17 years and nine months the youngest player ever to appear for the Blues.

"He's exciting," said the former scrum-half. "He reminds me in many ways of Leigh Halfpenny, though I wouldn't want to put any pressure on him."

Baber and Tiatia agreed on the usefulness of this much-maligned tournament.

"I think it's a great competition in terms of development," said Tiatia. "There were a few players here we hadn't seen much of and they showed potential.

"It's also a great opportunity for young coaches like myself."


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