Planet Rugby

Natoga treble sinks Blues

21st March 2014 19:16

Share:

Flying winger Aisea Natoga scored three as the Ospreys ran out comfortable 34-9 derby winners over Cardiff Blues on Friday.

Natoga's treble and scores by Ashley Beck and Rhys Webb saw the Swansea-based region, watched by a Liberty Stadium crowd of just under 9,000, pick up all five points and cement their place in the play-off zone. It was their 13th win in a row against fellow Welsh opposition, while the Blues' winless run on the road in the PRO12 continues.

Ospreys were well worth their 17-9 half-time lead, running in three tries with the boot of Gareth Davies being the Blues' only source of points. Centre Beck was first to get his name on the scoresheet with just 10 minutes gone after good work from fellow Wales' internationals Justin Tipuric and Alun Wyn-Jones. Dan Biggar added the extras with what proved to be his only successful kick of the first half.

Playing their first game since Phil Davies' resignation, the Blues offered very little as an attacking force but a Davies penalty, after the Ospreys had infringed following Webb's charged down kick, got them on the board.

Webb atoned for that error shortly after when he stabbed a smart kick down the narrow side for Natoga to run on and score. Ospreys continued to stretch the Blues by playing with width, Jeff Hassler impressing with his work rate, but two long-range penalties from Davies cut the deficit to just three points.

The home side's superiority was better reflected when the two Sams, Lewis and Davies, combined well to put in Natoga for his second. Blues were unable to change the course of events in the second period and Ospreys went further ahead when the lively Webb darted past two defenders and touched down at the second attempt after initially being held up inches short of the line.

Biggar turned the five points into seven with the conversion. A lack of conviction and a plethora of mistakes from both sides, admittedly in wet conditions, brought a lull in the intensity as the game entered the final quarter. With 66 minutes on the clock, Blues finally strung together some phases and Robin Copeland touched down. However, a knock on earlier in the move from Gareth Davies meant play was called back by referee Nigel Owens.

Natoga had the final word when he squeezed in at the corner after shrugging off the tackle of Alex Cuthbert, whose disappointing night was complete when he was tap tackled by Joe Bearman en route to the try line with his only opportunity of the night.

The scorers:

For Ospreys:
Tries: Beck, Natoga 3, Webb
Cons: Biggar 3
Pen: Biggar

For Cardiff Blues:
Pens: Davies 3

The teams:

Ospreys: 15 Sam Davies, 14 Jeff Hassler, 13 Jonathan Spratt, 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Aisea Natoga, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Dan Baker, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Sam Lewis, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Ryan Jones, 3 Aaron Jarvis, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Duncan Jones.
Replacements: 16 Scott Otten, 17 Marc Thomas, 18 Adam Jones, 19 James King, 20 Joe Bearman, 21 Morgan Allen, 22 Tom Habberfield, 23 Hanno Dirksen.

Cardiff Blues: 15 Dan Fish, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Cory Allen, 12 Gavin Evans, 11 Harry Robinson, 10 Gareth Davies, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Robin Copeland, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 Ellis Jenkins, 5 Filo Paulo, 4 Chris Dicomidis, 3 Taufa'ao Filise, 2 Rhys Williams, 1 Gethin Jenkins (c).
Replacements: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Sam Hobbs, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Lou Reed, 20 Macauley Cook, 21 Lewis Jones, 22 Simon Humberstone, 23 Isaia Tuifua.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wal)
Assistant referees: Ian Davies, Jon Mason (both Wal)
TMO: Dermot Moloney (Ire)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 19
Gloucester vs Exeter19:45
Saturday , September 20
Sale vs London Welsh14:00
London Irish vs Saracens15:00
Harlequins vs Wasps15:00
Bath vs Leicester15:15
Sunday , September 21
Newcastle vs Northampton14:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , September 19
Munster vs Zebre19:30
Cardiff Blues vs Ulster19:35
Connacht vs Leinster19:35
Saturday , September 20
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Glasgow14:40
Scarlets vs Benetton Treviso18:00
Sunday , September 21
Ospreys vs Edinburgh16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Friday , September 19
Brive vs Toulon18:00
Saturday , September 20
Racing Metro Paris vs Toulouse18:00
La Rochelle vs Bordeaux-Begles18:00
Clermont Auvergne vs Lyon18:00
Castres vs Oyonnax18:00
Grenoble vs Bayonne18:00
Montpellier vs Stade Francais18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , September 19
Lions vs Pumas19:10
Saturday , September 20
Western Province vs Griquas15:00
Blue Bulls vs Sharks17:05
Eastern Province Kings vs Cheetahs19:10
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Wednesday, September 17
Southland vs TasmanSouthland vs Tasman Preview
Thursday , September 18
Northland vs Taranaki19:35
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 14
Wasps 20 - 16 NorthamptonWasps vs Northampton Report
Newcastle 18 - 20 London IrishNewcastle vs London Irish Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Cardiff Blues 12 - 33 GlasgowCardiff Blues vs Glasgow Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Bordeaux-Begles 27 - 21 MontpellierBordeaux-Begles vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
ITM Cup
Waikato 26 - 21 Counties ManukauWaikato vs Counties Manukau Report
Hawkes Bay 41 - 0 Otago
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 13
Gloucester 34 - 27 Sale SharksGloucester vs Sale Sharks Report
Bath 53 - 26 London WelshBath vs London Welsh Report
Exeter 20 - 24 LeicesterExeter vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Rugby Championship
New Zealand 14 - 10 South AfricaNew Zealand vs South Africa Report
Australia 32 - 25 ArgentinaAustralia vs Argentina Report
More Rugby Championship results
Guinness PRO12
Leinster 42 - 12 ScarletsLeinster vs Scarlets Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Toulouse 9 - 13 Clermont AuvergneToulouse vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Racing Metro Paris 28 - 11 LyonRacing Metro Paris vs Lyon Report
Bayonne 23 - 6 Brive
Oyonnax 40 - 27 Grenoble
Toulon 24 - 28 Stade FrancaisToulon vs Stade Francais Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Griquas 31 - 27 PumasGriquas vs Pumas Report
Cheetahs 30 - 30 SharksCheetahs vs Sharks Report
Lions 35 - 33 Western ProvinceLions vs Western Province Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Bay Of Plenty 12 - 27 AucklandBay Of Plenty vs Auckland Report
Southland 36 - 34 Northland
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 12
Harlequins 0 - 39 SaracensHarlequins vs Saracens Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Benetton Treviso 10 - 21 MunsterBenetton Treviso vs Munster Report
Newport Gwent D'gons 15 - 17 Ospreys
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens29
2Bath29
3Leicester Tigers29
4Exeter26
5Northampton26