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Ospreys secure PRO12 derby win over Cardiff Blues

A try from skipper Alun Wyn Jones helped Ospreys come from behind to win the Guinness PRO12 derby clash against Cardiff Blues 13-6 at a rain-lashed Liberty Stadium.

Alun Wyn Jones scored the only try of the match for the home side. Credit: PA

Blues, who claimed a losing bonus point in the 13-6 defeat but have not won in Swansea since 2005, were leading 6-0 through two Jarrod Evans penalties before Jones squeezed over.

19-year-old Evans came in for his first PRO12 start for the Blues in place of Patchell and scored the only points of the first half with a seventh-minute penalty after the Ospreys were penalised for not releasing at a ruck.

But though Blues led 3-0 at the interval in rainy and blustery conditions Ospreys had the better of the territory in the first 40 minutes.

Blues suffered a major blow when Wales captain Sam Warburton left the field with an ankle injury in the 32nd minute but they finished the half the stronger and would have doubled their lead two minutes from time had fly-half Evans not missed with his second penalty attempt.

Ospreys started the second half without Biggar, who was replaced by Sam Davies, and he had an immediate impact with a series of kicks to the corner and missed a 42nd-minute penalty.

Evans boosted Blues' chances with a near 50-metre penalty after 50 minutes but after that it was all Ospreys as Jones got the ball on the tryline by the posts for a converted try.

And from then on in Ospreys played territorial tactics with Davies kicking penalties on 70 and 78 minutes.


Cardiff concede late to draw, whilst Newport win and Wrexham lose

Cardiff conceded a late goal against Burnley to draw 2-2 with their Championship rivals at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Burnley scored late on to draw with Cardiff. Credit: PA

The home side had gone two up with goals from Aaron Gunnarsson and Sean Morrison, but the Clarets halved the deficit with a goal five minutes before full-time, before Matt Connolly's injury-time own goal salvaged a point.

The draw leaves Cardiff 10th in the table and two points off the play-off spots.

Elsewhere there was better news for Newport County in League Two, who comfortably beat Luton 3-0. A hat-trick for Oliver McBurnie proving decisive for John Sheridan's men.

Wrexham though succumbed to a 3-2 defeat to Macclesfield in the National League - a late goal by James Gray not enough for the Welsh side at the Racecourse Ground.

Plaid Cymru 'cannot support' military action in Syria

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has said the party will not support military action in Syria, unless Prime Minister David Cameron addresses 'unanswered questions'.

Leanne Wood opposes military action in Syria. Credit: PA

A Commons vote allowing action against Islamic State could take place next week if David Cameron gains enough support.

But the Plaid leader remains dubious over a number of his claims.

Dropping bombs from the air will not lead to the defeat of IS. Neither will it the secure peace for the people of Syria or bring stability to the wider region. What is needed is a plan for a process of reconciliation and reconstruction. The Party of Wales urges all governments to redouble efforts to secure a comprehensive peace deal for Syria and the wider region. We urge world leaders not to repeat the mistakes of past Western military interventions in the Middle East. UK military action as currently proposed risks further escalation in Syria and making our own communities at home less secure. Unless the Prime Minister addresses all unanswered questions and brings forward a more comprehensive plan, Plaid Cymru cannot support military action."

– Leanne Wood, Leader, Plaid Cymru

Recently Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn came under criticism for his decision to write to his MPs outlining his opposition to action, before the Shadow Cabinet had reached an agreement.


'Complete performance' needed as Monk prepares Swansea for Liverpool

Swansea City boss Garry Monk says he's focused on securing a positive performance and result for his side, as they attempt to stop a slide which has brought only one win in nine league games.

Garry Monk is looking to turn Swansea's form around. Credit: PA

Monk's men play a resurgent Liverpool tomorrow, but says he's not looking at the form of the opposition.

...this week has been about us and concentrating the players on what we do best and improving in all areas. For us, it's about getting that performance. That's the biggest part. When you're in these periods you need a complete performance that gives you that belief to get through it. We know they 're capable of it and it's just getting that one result, that one performance.

– Garry Monk, Swansea City Manager

In team news Swansea's former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey misses out through suspension and Monk has a number of selection dilemmas ahead of the trip to Anfield.

He made four changes for the disappointing 2-2 home draw with Bournemouth but the likes of Kyle Bartley, Leon Britton, Wayne Routledge and Eder all appeared rusty.

They were difficult circumstances. We made the changes with the right intentions, and those players were part of the team that fought back from 2-0 down when as a team we were not performing at our best. They deserve big credit for that, and you don't judge them on that performance. Any player will tell you they need a run of games to get up to speed.

– Garry Monk, Swansea City Manager

Hundreds of jobs saved at steel group Caparo

A further 333 jobs have been saved at the steel group Caparo.

The sale preserves the jobs based in Wales and the West Midlands. Credit: PA

Administrators PwC said the Caparo Tubular Solutions business had been sold to the Gupta family, whose interests include the Simec and Liberty House groups.

The sale preserves the jobs based in Wales and the West Midlands.

"The sale of Caparo Tubular Solutions is a major boost for the Midlands economy, the employees of Caparo and more widely for the UK steel industry. This deal preserves all 333 jobs at Caparo Tubular Solutions, which manufactures, distributes and supplies advanced tube components and parts for the automotive and aerospace industries in the West Midlands and South Wales."

– Robert Moran, PwC
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