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Ospreys team to play Newport Gwent Dragons

The Ospreys team to play Newport Gwent Dragons at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday 20th April 2014, KO 4.45pm, is as follows:

 

15 Richard Fussell

14 Jeff Hassler

13 Jonathan Spratt

12 Ashley Beck

11 Hanno Dirksen

10 Dan Biggar

9 Tom Habberfield

 

1 Duncan Jones

2 Scott Baldwin

3 Aaron Jarvis

4 Ryan Jones

5 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

6 James King

7 Justin Tipuric

8 Dan Baker

 

 

REPLACEMENTS

 

16 Scott Otten

17 Nicky Smith

18 Adam Jones

19 Tyler Ardron

20 Sam Lewis

21 Tito Tebaldi

22 Sam Davies

23 Aisea Natoga

 

Aaron Jarvis makes his 50th appearance for the Ospreys

 

Head Coach Steve Tandy said:

 

“We picked up a crucial win at the Liberty last Friday, against Leinster, but the reality of our position means that we have to hit those standards again on Sunday against the Dragons and then twice more again over the final few weeks of the season. We know that our play-off destiny is out of our hands but that doesn’t mean that we won’t be giving it everything to try and put pressure on the teams above us. We have to do that, we have to make sure that if one of them slip-up, we are in a position to take full advantage. With some of the key games coming up featuring the top teams playing each other, points will be dropped, that’s inevitable.

 

“In terms of the Ospreys, whatever the outcome over the next few weeks it is crucial that we keep building momentum on and off the pitch. I keep saying it, but there is no going away from the fact that we have a young group of players, and there is some exciting talent coming through the ranks who are getting some invaluable experience at the top end of the game. 

“What they will have taken from winning such a tight game against a quality team like Leinster last week you can’t measure. If we have the support, crowd wise and financially, to keep this group of players together as they develop and flourish then the future for the Ospreys is a pretty exciting one, and all credit to the board for the money they invest into our development structure. We are beginning to see the benefits of that investment, but there is a long way to go yet.

 

“We know what the Dragons will bring on Sunday and with it being a derby game at the Millennium, the message will be very much that the boys need to stay grounded, forget about everything that is going around them, and focus on the job in hand. They can’t afford to get distracted, for us it’s about getting and getting the job done. They set the benchmark  against Leinster and they mustn’t fall below that, they’ve got to keep on striving to improve. If they do that, then we could extend our season into the play-offs, and beyond that, go into the new season positively.”

 

The following players were unavailable for selection through injury:

 

Dmitri Arhip – Achilles

Joe Bearman - Bicep

Ryan Bevington - Groin

Richard Hibbard - Shoulder

Tom Isaacs – Ankle

Ben John - Shoulder

Lloyd Peers - Shoulder

Tom Smith - Knee

Eli Walker - Hamstring

Rhys Webb - Knee

Sam Williams - Shoulder

 

Forthcoming Fixtures

 

Thurs 1 May 6.00pm KO (Local) - Zebre v Ospreys - PRO12

Sat 10 May - 6.30pm KO Ospreys v Connacht - PRO12

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