Six-try Ospreys put Zebre to the sword

Date published: November 7 2015

The Ospreys returned to the victory trail in style with an emphatic 36-3 victory over Zebre at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Tries from Jonathan Spratt, Josh Matavesi, Eli Walker, Justin Tipuric and Sam Parry gave the hosts a bonus-point victory in what was a dominant performance. 

The Italian visitors will feel very disappointed with their performance which sees them fall to their fifth defeat of the season and ends their two-game winning streak.

In contrast, Ospreys earned only their second victory of the season but there will be some disappointment for the hosts. Dan Biggar had a poor afternoon with the boot, missing four of his six efforts at the posts. 

The result sees the hosts climb away from the foot of the PRO12 table as they look to qualify for the Champions Cup once more. 

Zebre will look to put this result behind them and will hope that it does not spoil what has been a relatively strong start for the Italian side. 

Spratt scored the first try of the match in the fifth minute, the outside centre going over in the corner to give the hosts an early lead. 

Matavesi scored the Ospreys' second try, charging clear from 35 metres out to go in under the posts. Biggar added the extras to give his side a 12 point lead. 

The Ospreys had their third midway through the first half, as Walker finished off a slick move in the 25th minute, Biggar missed the conversion but still they led 17-0. 

Five minutes later Carlo Canna added Zebre's only points of the match via the kicking tee after Ospreys were penalised for hands in the ruck.

Biggar missed his third kick just before the break to leave the score at 17-3 to the home side at half-time. 

The Ospreys had to wait for 15 minutes of the second half before Tipuric rounded off a great team move, going over to score the hosts' bonus point try. 

Not long after Walker scored his second try with Biggar adding the conversion to give the Ospreys a 26-point lead. Biggar was replaced soon after, following an uncharacteristically poor goal-kicking display from the fly-half. 

To add insult to injury for the visitors, Michele Visentin was sent to the sin-bin with 14 minutes to go for a late, no-arms tackle. Parry added another converted try for the hosts with five minutes to seal the win.

The scorers:

For Ospreys:
Tries: Walker 2, Spratt, Matavesi, Tipuric, Parry
Cons: Biggar 2, Davies

For Zebre:
Pen: Canna
Yellow Card: Visentin

Ospreys: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Dafydd Howells, 13 Jonathan Spratt, 12 Josh Matavesi, 11 Eli Walker, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Brendon Leonard, 8 Dan Baker, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 James King, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 4 Lloyd Ashley, 3 Aaron Jarvis, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Paul James.
Replacements: 16 Sam Parry, 17 Ryan Bevington, 18  Cai Griffiths, 19 Olly Cracknell, 20 Sam Underhill, 21 Tom Habberfield, 22 Sam Davies, 23 Ben John.

Zebre: 15 Guglielmo Palazzani, 14 Kayle Van Zyl, 13 Giulio Bisegni, 12 Matteo Pratichetti, 11 Leonardo Sarto, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Andries Van Schalkwyk, 7 Johan Meyer, 6 Jacopo Sarto, 5 George Biagi (c) 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Dario Chistolini, 2 Andrea Manici, 1 Andrea Lovotti.
Replacements: 16 Oliviero Fabiani, 17 Andrea De Marchi, 18 Pietro Ceccarelli, 19 Federico Ruzza, 20 Emiliano Caffini, 21 Marcello Violi, 22 Michele Visentin, 23 Edoardo Padovani.

Referee: Gary Conway (Ireland)