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FT: Ospreys 24-10 Ulster

Ospreys broke a four-game losing streak to beat Ulster at home this afternoon.

Brendon Leonard added a try to the first half tally for the Ospreys in the closing minutes of the game, with another conversion from Dan Biggar making it 24-3. Ulster had kept pressure on the home side throughout the second half, but it was only in the closing minutes of the game Jacob Stockdale was able to make it over the whitewash.

Final score Ospreys 24-10 Ulster.

HT: Ospreys 17-3 Ulster

Ospreys are hosting Ulster in the PRO12 at the Liberty Stadium with a play-off place at stake.

Tom Habberfield opened the scoring for the homeside with Dan Biggar converting. Paddy Jackson gave Ulster their first points on the board.

A break from Tyler Ardron gave the Ospreys their second try and put them comfortably in the lead at half time.

Half time score Ospreys 17-3 Ulster.


Rugby clubs pay tribute to Wales international Norkett

Tributes continue to be paid to a Wales rugby international who was killed in a two vehicle crash near Glynneath.

Elli Norkett won four caps for Wales. Credit: PA

20-year-old Elli Norkett died in the collision on the A4109, Inter Valley Road on Saturday.

She had been a student at Cardiff Metropolitan University and was in her final year studying sport development.

In a statement, the Ospreys called her a "talented rugby player and good human being", whilst the WRU said they were "deeply saddened" by the news.

A proud Osprey, rugby was her life and she was immensely proud to represent Swansea Ladies, Ospreys Women, Wales Women and Wales Sevens, as well as Cardiff Met University and Great Britain Students Sevens. At just 20 years old, she had her whole life in front of her. Not only was she a talented rugby player she was a good human being, probably the most important thing about her.

– Ospreys statement

We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news about Elli Norkett. A talented, dedicated player and popular team-mate, Elli was a treasured member of the Welsh rugby family. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.

– Welsh Rugby Union spokesman

Other clubs and rugby figures took to Twitter to express their condolences, including international referee Nigel Owens.

Ospreys 29 - 7 Connacht

Ashley Beck scored Ospreys' fourth try Credit: PA photo

Rugby and the Ospreys went top of the Pro 12 table with a bonus point win over Connacht.

The Welsh side scored two tries in each half to beat the defending champions 29-7, but left it late to notch up their ninth bonus point of the season.

Steve Tandy's men - who saw off the Scarlets and Dragons over the Christmas period - had the better of the opening exchanges, No.8 Dan Baker crossing on 11 minutes.

Just minutes later Baker's back row colleague Ollie Cracknell got in on the scoring act, taking a flat pass from fly half Sam Davies to sprint home.

Davies - starting ahead of fellow Welsh international Dan Biggar - struck a penalty to extend the lead, before the Ospreys once again demonstrated their forward power, prop Nicky Smith burrowing over from short range.

Connacht finally got on the scoresheet, Sean O'Brien gathering when the ball went loose from a ruck. But Ashley Beck's last gasp try completed a fruitful afternoon for the home side.

FT: Dragons 0-10 Ospreys

Ospreys have beaten Dragons in the second Welsh derby of the day.

After a mostly scoreless second half, a Dan Biggar penalty extended the visitors' lead jut after 70 minutes. Despite efforts from the Dragons in the closing minutes of the game, it wasn't enough.

Final score: Dragons 0-10 Ospreys.

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