Wales centre scores twice as Ospreys dominate Scarlets

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Ospreys centre Keiran Williams looking on.

Ospreys centre Keiran Williams looking on.

Wales inside centre Keiran Williams scored two tries as Ospreys claimed a 31-9 bonus-point triumph over Scarlets in the United Rugby Championship in Swansea on Sunday.

Scarlets have not won at their Welsh rivals since October 2017 and they never looked likely to break that losing run as Ospreys’ pack was the dominant force in a static game.

The hosts scored four tries to nil with Morgan Morris and Dan Edwards also on the try-scoring sheet. Jack Walsh kicked three conversions and a penalty with Edwards adding a conversion.

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Three penalties from Ioan Lloyd was Scarlets‘ response, although it was the visitors who drew first blood at the Stadium.

Ospreys were penalised at the first scrum, which enabled Lloyd to give his side a fourth-minute lead.

However, Scarlets immediately bungled the restart and the hosts made them pay when Williams joined a line-out drive to force his way over.

Walsh converted before Lloyd kicked his second penalty to leave Scarlets trailing 7-6 at the end of an evenly-contested first quarter.

Ospreys then turned down a couple of kickable penalties in favour of more attacking options and were rewarded when Williams crashed over for his second try.

A thumping tackle from Vaea Fifita on Max Nagy won Scarlets a penalty and once again Lloyd was on target but that score was quickly nullified with a first penalty success for Walsh.

Ospreys led 17-9 at the interval and, 10 minutes after the restart, they extended that advantage when Morris finished off a succession of forward drives for the home side’s third try.

Scarlets replaced internationals Gareth Davies and Wyn Jones in an attempt to reverse their fortunes but it proved fruitless in a disappointing afternoon that left them joint bottom of the United Rugby Championship table.

Their replacement prop Steff Thomas was sin-binned in the 67th minute for repeated team offences and Ospreys took advantage to score their bonus-point try when creative play from Nagy gave debutant Edwards a run-in.

The teams

Ospreys: 15 Max Nagy, 14 Daniel Kasende, 13 Owen Watkin, 12 Keiran Williams, 11 Luke Morgan, 10 Jack Walsh, 9 Reuben Morgan-Williams, 8 Morgan Morris (c), 7 Jac Morgan, 6 Rhys Davies, 5 Adam Beard, 4 James Fender, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Dewi Lake, 1 Nicky Smit
Replacements: 16 Sam Parry, 17 Gareth Thomas, 18 Rhys Henry, 19 Harri Deaves, 20 Tristan Davies, 21 Rewan Kruger, 22 Dan Edwards, 23 Luke Scully

Scarlets: 15 Johnny McNicholl, 14 Tom Rogers, 13 Joe Roberts, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Ioan Lloyd, 9 Gareth Davies (c), 8 Carwyn Tuipulotu, 7 Teddy Leatherbarrow, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Jac Price, 4 Alex Craig, 3 Harri O’Connor, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Wyn Jones
Replacements: 16 Shaun Evans, 17 Steff Thomas, 18 Joe Jones, 19 Morgan Jones, 20 Ben Williams, 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Charlie Titcombe, 23 Ioan Nicholas

Referee: Mike English (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Adam Jones (Wales), Rhys Jones (Wales)
TMO: Ian Davies (Wales)

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