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Ospreys score narrow victory against Zebre

Sam Davies kicked all of the Ospreys' points as they battled back to edge out Zebre 15-14 in their Guinness PRO12 match in Italy.

Davies booted five penalties to ensure the visitors extended their 100 per cent start to the new season. Their record came under threat in the early stages of the game with an unconverted try from Giulio Bisegni for Zebre.

Davies pegged the Italians back to 5-3, but a Gonzalo Garcia penalty restored the lead to five points. Another Davies penalty followed to make it 8-6 at half-time, but Garcia landed his second soon after the break.

Davies booted his third penalty before Zebre had Giulio Toniolatti sent to the sin-bin.

Both teams missed penalties before Davies found his range again to put the visitors 12-11 in front.

Garcia's third kick turned the match back in Zebre's favour, but Davies had the last say with eight minutes remaining to make it five wins out of five for his team. Final score Zebre 14-15 Ospreys.


Cardiff Blues fightback not enough against Leinster

Leinster were made to fight all the way for their second Guinness Pro 12 win at the RDS Arena with a late bonus point try sealing a 37-23 triumph over the Cardiff Blues.

Rhys Ruddock's storming solo try had Leinster leading 13-9 at half-time, with Ian Madigan kicking eight points and Rhys Patchell contributing all 9 for Cardiff.

Converted efforts from Cory Allen and Sam Warburton put the Blues back in the hunt at 27-23, but the defending champions made certain of victory with Madigan's third penalty and Luke McGrath's late try.

Coombs banned for three-weeks after stamp citation

Wales forward Andrew Coombs is banned for three-weeks after allegedly stamping on Alun Wyn Jones. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Wales and Dragons forward Andrew Coombs has been banned for three weeks after being cited for allegedly stamping on Alun Wyn Jones's head.

The incident happened during last Friday's Guinness Pro12 match between Newport Gwent Dragons and the Ospreys at Rodney Parade.

Coombs appeared before a disciplinary committee in Dublin yesterday, which upheld the citation.

In imposing a suspension of three weeks, the committee took into account the various mitigating factors including the player's apology to his opponent and his previous good disciplinary record.

Andrew Coombs is free to resume playing on Monday October 6, 2014 and has the right of appeal.

– Guinness Pro12 statement

The 29 year old will miss the Dragons' next three Pro12 games against Glasgow, Treviso and the Scarlets.

Scarlets wait on Williams fitness

Llanelli Scarlets' Liam Williams in action Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Scarlets Head coach Wayne Pivac is giving fullback Liam Williams until Thursday to prove his fitness for Saturday's Pro12 match against Treviso.

Welsh international Williams missed the 42-12 defeat against Leinster on the weekend after injuring his groin during his sides warm up in Dublin.

Although the Scarlets are confident he'll recover in time to be fit for the visit of the Italians.

Centre Regan King is set to miss a second consecutive game due to injury.

Pivac says he's keen for his Scarlets side to make amends after the heavy defeat to Leinster.

We let the fans down and we let ourselves down and we need to show we are a better side than that this weekend when we play Treviso.

We created scoring opportunities in Dublin, but we didn't make the most of them. Individual errors cost us and, if we have an error rate like that against the top teams, that's what happens.

– Wayne Pivac


Welsh rugby referee Nigel Owens let off speeding after needing toilet

Nigel Owens is Wales' top official Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/Press Association Images

International World Cup referee Nigel Owens has escaped penalty points for speeding after telling how he was dashing to the toilet while driving on the motorway.

43 year-old Owens, Wales' top rugby official, was clocked breaking the speed limit in his BMW while on the way to a rugby match in Pontypridd on Boxing Day last year.

Although he told a court he put his foot down on the M4 motorway because he urgently needed the toilet.

Magistrates agreed it was an emergency - and spared him penalty points on his driving licence.

David Pickering is voted off Welsh Rugby Union board

David Pickering (L) has been voted off the Welsh Rugby Union board Credit: PA

Welsh Rugby Union chairman, David Pickering, has failed to be re-elected to his post on the board of the governing body.

He will stand down from the role in October.

Gareth Davies and Anthony Buchanan both finished ahead of him in today's ballot.

A new chairman will now be chosen from the 18-strong board at next month’s AGM.

I want to be the first to publicly congratulation both Anthony and Gareth on winning the vote.

I know both of them personally, they are great rugby men and I will be offering them all the help I can as they join the board of the Welsh Rugby Union.

– David Pickering
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