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Amended team to face Benetton Treviso

Following today's PRO12 disciplinary verdicts, the Ospreys team to play Benetton Treviso on Friday 13th January 2012 at Liberty Stadium, kick off at 8.00pm, will be as follows:

15 Barry Davies

14 Tommy Bowe

13 Andrew Bishop

12 Ashley Beck

11 Shane Williams

10 Dan Biggar

9 Rhys Webb

 

1 Paul James

2 Richard Hibbard

3 Adam Jones

4 Ian Gough

5 Ian Evans

6 Tom Smith

7 Justin Tipuric (Capt)

8 Joe Bearman

 

Replacements:

16 Huw Bennett

17 Ryan Bevington

18 Aaron Jarvis

19 Jonathan Thomas

20 Chauncey O’Toole

21 Kahn Fotuali’i

22 Matthew Morgan

23 Tom Isaacs

 

Chauncey O’Toole will make his Heineken Cup debut if he comes off the bench

George Stowers is suspended

 

The following players were not considered because of injury:

Ryan Jones - Calf

James King - Ear

Richard Fussell – Ankle

Ben John - Groin

Joe Rees - Hamstring

Alun Wyn Jones – Foot

Gareth Owen – ACL

Nikki Walker – ACL

 

Ospreys Head Coach, Sean Holley, commented:

“We’ve still got something to play for in Europe and we’ll strive for that. We’re going to try and finish as strongly as we can and then see what happens at the outcome.

 

“We’re still smarting at the Saracens games, we gave them a head start, but we can’t dwell on that, we’ve got to look at these next two games now and getting as much as we can out of them. It’s about giving a good account of ourselves and at least putting ourselves in a position where should all the other permutations work out we are well placed. If they don’t, then we at least need to be in the best position to achieve an Amlin place, which could be on the cards.

 

“There’s been plenty of straight talking about the place and everyone knows what is at stake. There’s still plenty to play for. Pride is there at the bottom line of it, our reputation is at stake in Europe and it’s important that we get as many ranking points as we can, and to do that we have to achieve as positive a finish as we can. Ranking points and the pool draw is crucial moving forward in this competition.

 

“We aren’t going to be throwing the towel in, that’s not the Ospreys way. We are committed to the cause 100 per cent and we’ll fight for everything. We have to look to give a home performance that will get us the desired result and will make our supporters proud. Any game in Europe is a tough test and It’s important that we’re all together for this one, team and supporters alike.”

 

 

Forthcoming fixtures

Sun 22 Jan – Biarritz v Ospreys – Parc des Sports Aguilera – Heineken Cup – 2.00pm (Local)

Fri 27 Jan – Ospreys v NG Dragons – Riverside Hardware Brewery Field – LV= Cup – 7.05pm

Sat 4 Feb – Worcester v Ospreys – Sixways – LV= Cup – 3.00pm

Fri 10 Feb – Edinburgh v Ospreys – Murrayfield – RaboDirect PRO12 – 7.35pm

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