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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.

HT: Dragons 0-7 Ospreys

Newport Gwent Dragons are hosting Ospreys at a very muddy Rodney Parade in today's second Welsh derby.

The game was in doubt due to the condition of the pitch, but after three pitch inspections, it was deemed fit for play.

Jason Tipuric broke out to make it over the line to get the Ospreys their first try of the game, with the extra two points provided by a Dan Biggar conversion. Ospreys's Tom Habberfield was sent to the sin bin for tackling without arms, but it made no difference to the score.

Half time: Dragons 0-7 Ospreys.

FT: Scarlets 15-10 Blues

Scarlets held on to their first half lead to beat Cardiff Blues at Parc y Scarlets.

Scott Williams carried the ball over to increase the Scarlets' lead, with Rhys Patchell securing the conversion. Willis Halaholo brought the Blues back into the game with a try and Steve Shingler closed the gap to five points again.

Aled Thomas had a couple of chances to put the Scarlets further ahead, but could not capitalise on them.

Final score: Scarlets 15-10 Blues.

HT: Scarlets 8-3 Blues

Scarlets welcome Cardiff Blues to Parc y Scarlets in the first derby of New Year's Day.

Steffan Evans put the hosts ahead just after 10 minutes crossing the line with a try. Rhys Patchell added to the lead with a penalty against his former club, but Steve Shingler closed the gap to five points for the Blues shortly after.

Half time score: Scarlets 8-3 Blues.


Debts force London Welsh into voluntary liquidation

London Welsh Rugby Club has announced it is seeking voluntary liquidation.

The club says its current business model is 'totally unsustainable' and it has no alternative.

London Welsh has reached a difficult point in its illustrious history. Due to a playing budget of £1.7million and gates at games numbering as low 400, the Club’s current business model is totally unsustainable.

The debts accrued from trading in this way have left the Club with no alternative but to seek liquidation. Having to break that news to 40 staff members yesterday was extremely difficult.

All creditors of London Welsh Rugby Club will be contacted by the liquidator.

– Gareth Hawkins, London Welsh Chairman

In a statement issued this afternoon, the club said it is hoped the team will be able to return to playing at Old Deer Park, but first its business model will have to be changed to a semi-professional set-up.

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