Second-half rout ensures home comforts for Ospreys

Ospreys 42 Dragons 10

The hosts saw off their Welsh regional rivals by five tries to one with skipper Ryan Jones, Dan Biggar, who scored 22 points, Nikki Walker and Ryan Bevington adding to a first-half penalty try.

The Ospreys led 16-3 at the break – Biggar knocking over three penalties and a conversion, while opposite number Jason Tovey kicked a single penalty.

And they had to wait until nine minutes into the second half for their next try, when Ryan Jones went in for a pushover score.

A poor line-out from the Ospreys allowed the Dragons to pounce for their only try, which was scored by scrum-half Wayne Evans.

And with prop Aaron Coundley in the sin-bin for continual collapsing of the scrum the Ospreys scored three more tries through Biggar, who finished off an impressive counter attack, and Walker and replacement prop Bevington.

Ospreys scorers: Tries: Penalty, R. Jones, Biggar, Walker, Bevington. Cons: Biggar 4. Pens: Biggar 3.

Dragons scorers: Tries: W. Evans. Cons: Tovey. Pens: Tovey.

OSPREYS: Byrne, Bowe, Bishop, Hook, Williams, Biggar, M. Phillips, James, Bennett, A Jones, A Jones, J Thomas, Collins, Holah, R Jones.

Replacements: Walker for Bishop (66), Nutbrown for M Phillips (73), Shervington for Bennett (73), Bevington for A. Jones (65), Gough for A Jones (65), Tiatia for R Jones (65).

NEWPORT-GWENT D’GONS: Harries, Hughes, Gomer-Davies, Leach, Fussell, Tovey, W. Evans, Coundley, Willis, Castle, Sidoli, MacDonald, Coombs, Harris, L Evans.

Replacements: Riley for Leach (66), Greendale for W. Evans (73), Palmer for Castle (50), Groves for MacDonald (66), Burns for L. Evans (41).

Referee: Nigel Owens (WRFU).

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