Anglo-Welsh Cup wrap: Ospreys and Dragons win

Date published: November 18 2016

Ospreys claimed a bonus-point 31-7 win at Cardiff Blues while the Dragons overcame the Scarlets 36-21 to also pick up five points.

Cardiff Blues 7-31 Ospreys

Ospreys picked up their first win of the Anglo-Welsh Cup pool campaign as they got the better of Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park on Friday.

It was 7-7 at the interval in Cardiff as hooker Scott Otten crossed for the visitors while Rhodri Davies went over for the hosts to level.

Ospreys moved back in front when scrum-half Brendon Leonard scored and with Tom O’Flaherty breaking away for their third try, the men from the Liberty Stadium had enough breathing space to push on for the bonus-point score, which they secured through replacement Dan Evans.

O’Flaherty would add the late gloss for the Ospreys in a bonus-point win that takes them atop Pool 2, above Exeter, Worcester and Sale.

The scorers:

For Cardiff Blues:
Try: Davies
Con: B Jones
Red Card: Peikrishvili

For Ospreys:
Tries: Otten, Leonard, O’Flaherty 2, Evans
Cons: P Jones 3

Cardiff Blues: 15 Dan Fish, 14 Owen Lane, 13 Cory Allen, 12 Garyn Smith, 11 Rhun Williams, 10 Ben Jones, 9 Rhodri Davies, 8 James Sheekey, 7 Shane Lewis-Hughes, 6 Macauley Cook, 5 James Down, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Anton Peikrishvili, 2 Matthew Rees (c), 1 Brad Thyer
Replacements: 16 Liam Belcher, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Seb Davies, 20 James Botham, 21 Hemi Barnes, 22 Dane Blacker, 23 Harri Millard

Ospreys: 15 Dafydd Howells, 14 Tom Grabham, 13 Joe Thomas, 12 Jonathan Spratt, 11 Eli Walker, 10 Phil Jones, 9 Brendon Leonard, 8 Rob McCusker (c), 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Olly Cracknell, 5 Rory Thornton, 4 Adam Beard, 3 Rhodri Jones, 2 Scott Otten, 1 Gareth Thomas
Replacements: 16 Sam Parry, 17 Paul James, 18 Ma’afu Fia, 19 James Ratti, 20 Joe Bearman, 21 Matthew Aubrey, 22 Dan Evans, 23 Tom O’Flaherty

Referee: Ben White (England)
Assistant Referees: Rhys Thomas (Wales), Richard Brace (Wales)

Dragons 36-21 Scarlets

The Dragons claimed their first victory of the Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign as they saw off the Scarlets with a try bonus-point on Friday.

The home side were trailing 10-16 at the break as only a Sam Beard try and the boot of Angus O’Brien came as a response to hooker Dafydd Hughes’ try and 11 points from the boot of Scarlets number 10 Dan Jones.

But after the break the Dragons clicked and ran in four tries through Nick Crosswell, Carl Meyer, Harrison Keddie and another from Beard to seal a maximum that puts them three points behind Northampton in Pool 1.

The scorers:

For Dragons:
Tries: Beard 2, Crosswell, Meyer, Keddie
Cons: O’Brien 3, Robson
Pen: O’Brien

For Scarlets:
Tries: Hughes, Baldwin
Cons: Jones
Pens: Jones 3

Dragons: 15 Carl Meyer, 14 Pat Howard, 13 Sam Beard, 12 Adam Warren, 11 Ashton Hewitt, 10 Angus O’Brien, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Ed Jackson, 7 Ollie Griffiths, 6 Harrison Keddie, 5 Rynard Landman, 4 Nick Crosswell, 3 Leon Brown, 2 Rhys Buckley, 1 Sam Hobbs
Replacements: 16 Thomas Rhys Thomas, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Matthew Screech, 20 Nic Cudd, 21 Tavis Knoyle, 22 Arwel Robson, 23 Tyler Morgan

Scarlets: 15 Tom Williams, 14 Richard Smith, 13 Ioan Nicholas, 12 Gareth Owen (c), 11 Corey Baldwin, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Aled Davies, 8 Morgan Allen, 7 Joshua Macleod, 6 Jack Condy, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 4 Tadhg Beirne, 3 Nicky Thomas, 2 Dafydd Hughes, 1 Dylan Evans
Replacements: 16 Taylor Davies, 17 Luke Garret, 18 Simon Gardiner, 19 Ben Thompson, 20 Tom Phillips, 21 Declan Smith, 22 Jack Maynard, 23 Billy McBryde

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Gareth John (Wales), Richard Deacy (Wales)