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Ospreys defeat Zebre 39-22 in Pro 12

The Ospreys have finished with a comfortable win over hosts Zebre in the Pro 12.

Justin Tipuric playing for the Ospreys back in 2012 Credit: EMPICS Sport

Two tries from Justin Tipuric helped their case, along with others from Jeff Hassler, Eli Walker and Jonathan Spratt.

The final score was Zebre 22, Ospreys 39.

Ospreys players both sign national dual contracts

Scott Baldwin and James King. Credit: Welsh Rugby Union

Welsh rugby have signed two new players on national dual contracts, Ospreys hooker Scott Baldwin and back-rower James King.

27-year-old Scott Baldwin made his international debut two years ago and has won 15 caps in his career, as well as starting as hooker in Wales’ recent 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign.

James King, 25, also featured in the recent World Cup, winning the latest of his seven caps against Uruguay in the pool stages of the tournament.

It’s excellent news, not only for the Ospreys but for Welsh rugby, that two key players who have been heavily involved with the region and the national squad have signed up to a future in Wales. Both James and Scott have the qualities and characteristics that we want from our players at the region and we are delighted that their talents are now being recognised on a wider stage.

– Andrew Millward, Ospreys Rugby General Manager

Scott Baldwin has signed a four year deal and James King has signed for three years.

Welsh rugby now have 14 players on national dual contracts.


Full time: Ospreys 19 - 19 Racing Metro

The Ospreys fought back valiantly in the second half to claim a 19-19 draw against French side Racing Metro in the European Champions Cup.

Josh Matavesi's late try rescued a draw for the Ospreys. Credit: PA

The hosts trailed 16-6 at half-time at the Liberty Stadium, but Dan Biggar kicked two penalties to narrow the scores. Johannes Goosen's drop goal put Racing Metro 19-12 ahead with just eight minutes left, but the Welsh side found a thrilling response.

Flanker Justin Tipuric broke clear, and his pass found Rhys Webb, then Josh Matavesi to touch down. Biggar kicked an easy conversion to take his tally to 14 for the afternoon.

With the scores locked together, it was a nervy last few minutes, but the draw means the Ospreys are still in with a chance in Pool 5.

Half time: Ospreys 6 - 16 Racing Metro

The Ospreys have it all to do in the second half after a powerful Racing Metro had the better of the first period at the Liberty Stadium.

Lock Francois Van der Mewe scored the only try of an opening half which also saw Osprey James King sent to the sin bin.

Wales outside half Dan Biggar kicked two penalties for the Ospreys.


Ospreys 42-7 Treviso (FT)

The Ospreys gained bonus point in a convincing 42-7 win over Treviso at the Liberty Stadium. Tries from Dan Baker, Jeff Hassler, Rhys Webb and two from Dan Evans helped seal the victory.

Ospreys 26 - 15 Cardiff Blues

Guinness PRO12 leaders Ospreys made it six wins from six by beating Welsh rivals Cardiff Blues 26-15 in a one-sided clash at the Liberty Stadium.

The match may have finished two tries each, but the Ospreys dominated possession and territory for large periods and could easily have achieved a bonus-point win.

The home side scored a try in each half for Dan Evans and Rhys Webb, with Dan Biggar supplying 16 points with four penalties and two conversions. The Blues rallied at the end with tries for Lloyd Williams and Kristian Dacey.

Adam Jones faced his former region Ospreys for the first time since joining them in August.

In the early stages the Blues struggled to get their hands on the ball and soon found themselves 9-0 behind after 11 minutes through three Biggar penalties.

It did not get any better for the Blues as Warburton found himself yellow-carded for not being 10 metres when Webb attempted a tap penalty.

That offence saw Biggar make it four penalties on the trot.

The Blues did get on the scoreboard on 26 minutes with a finely struck penalty from Rhys Patchell on halfway.

The only thing missing from the Ospreys' confident performance was a try, but that arrived on 29 minutes in the form of full-back Evans went over after another wave of attacks by the home side.

In the dying minutes the Blues finally got some momentum and scored two late consolation tries.

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