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Ospreys ease past Treviso

Ospreys eased past Treviso 33-13 in Italy to move second in the Guinness Pro12 table.

Eli Walker, Dan Evans, Justin Tipuric and Rhys Webb all claimed scores as the Welsh visitors secured a vital four-try bonus-point victory at Stadio Monigo.

Glasgow's 36-17 victory over Cardiff Blues ensured the Ospreys could not scale the Pro12 table summit, but Steve Tandy's side will return home pleased with a solid night's work.

Simone Ragusi crossed for Treviso's sole try, with full-back Jayden Hayward landing a conversion and two penalties.

Dan Biggar converted two of the Ospreys' four scores and added three penalties on a night when a host of returning Wales stars made the clear difference.

Tandy's side notched their third-straight victory with ultimate ease despite a gritty opening, with Biggar, Webb, Alun-Wyn Jones and Dan Lydiate all back in the starting XV.

Wing Walker marked his 50th Ospreys appearance with a try, in a victory that further boosts the regional side's chances of making the end-of-season play-offs.

The visitors only led 11-3 at the break in an attritional affair, but the superior class and influence of that Test influx paid dividends, as Tandy's troops marched to victory.

Ospreys leapfrogged Ulster and Munster with their victory, with both Irish provinces aiming to catch up in Saturday fixtures.

Ulster take on Connacht in Galway while Munster face a trip to Murrayfield to take on Edinburgh.


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