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Ospreys team to play Benetton Treviso

Tandy welcomes back six players from Wales duty for Sunday's PRO12 clash against Treviso at the Liberty Stadium

The Ospreys team to play Benetton Treviso at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday 16th February, KO 4.00pm, is as follows:

15 Sam Davies

14 Jeff Hassler 

13 Jonathan Spratt (Capt)

12 Ashley Beck

11 Aisea Natoga

10 Dan Biggar

9 Rhys Webb

 

1 Ryan Bevington

2 Scott Baldwin

3 Aaron Jarvis

4 Lloyd Peers

5 James King

6 Tyler Ardron

7 Sam Lewis

8 Joe Bearman

 

 

REPLACEMENTS

 

16 Matthew Dwyer

17 Duncan Jones

18 Dan Suter

19 Ryan Jones

20 Dan Baker

21 Tom Habberfield

22 Matthew Morgan

23 Hanno Dirksen

Rhys Webb makes his 100th Ospreys appearance

Head Coach Steve Tandy said:

“It’s good to be heading back to the Liberty after five weeks away. There has been plenty to like about the performances in recent weeks, with a largely young group of players setting about the job in the absence of our international contingent. They’ve shown a good attitude, a desire to play in a positive way, and have shown an understanding of how we are trying to take our game,

“After the win against Sale in Bridgend it was a different kind of challenge out in Ulster last week, and we were very unlucky to have to settle for a losing bonus. It was particularly pleasing to see a squad missing more than 20 players through injury and international duty really going toe-to-toe with a far more experienced, star-studded team. With a little more composure, a little more experience, we could have snatched a well deserved win at the death which would have been a fantastic boost for us going into back-to-back home games.

“As it is, we have no margin for error these next two weekends. Treviso will provide us with a tough challenge and we know that we’ll need to sharpen up from where we were last weekend. It gets even tougher then next week when we have the league leaders, Munster, here at the Liberty. The games at this time of the year will shape the end of season placings so it’s crucial we get the right performance in these games, on and off the field, if we are going to secure a place in the top four.

“Even with the players coming back to us from Wales this weekend, for which we are grateful, 

this is still a young group we’ve got. They are growing game by game, and are enjoying having this opportunity to show what they can do. With the young talent coming through, there is a genuinely positive feeling about our future, and I hope that is shared by the supporters. It’s important that they get behind the boys, not only this week but between now and the end of the season - and beyond. We are doing our bit for the future in terms of developing local young talent, but we need the community to do their bit as well, Bums on seats give us the cash to keep these boys here.”

The following players were unavailable for selection through injury:

Dmitri Arhip – Achilles

Andrew Bishop – Back

Tom Isaacs – Ankle

Ben John - Shoulder

Tom Smith - Knee

Eli Walker - Hamstring

Forthcoming Fixtures

Sun 23 Feb 4.00pm KO – Ospreys v Munster – PRO12

Fri 28 Feb 7.35pm KO - Edinburgh v Ospreys - PRO12

Fri 21 March 7.05pm KO - Ospreys v Cardiff Blues - PRO12

Fri 28 March 7.35pm KO - Glasgow v Ospreys - PRO12

Fri 11 April 7.05pm KO - Ospreys v Leinster - PRO12

Sun 20 April - 4.45pm KO - NG Dragons v Ospreys - PRO12