The Liberty Stadium is getting ready to welcome what should be the biggest Ospreys crowd of the season this Friday night when the Scarlets visit for the second leg of the Domino’s Derby series
The Boxing Day clash at Parc y Scarlets saw the Ospreys sneak a four point win on the road, a late Ian Evans try and five points from the boot of Dan Biggar enough to secure a 10-6 victory that saw the South Wales Evening Post Challenge Cup heading back to the Liberty once again.
The Scarlets now have an early opportunity to wrestle the silverware off the Ospreys, when the two teams go head to head once again in what promises to be another enthralling encounter in front of a bumper attendance.
With just short of 12,000 tickets already issued for the game, which kicks off at 7.15pm, the second highest crowd of the season is already confirmed and the campaign high of 12,378 that watched the Heineken Cup game against Leinster in October is in sight.
Skipper Alun Wyn Jones says that the players can’t wait to get back to the Liberty Stadium in front of a big crowd after two derby wins on the road over Christmas.
“It’s going to be a great occasion on Friday night” said Jones.
“This time of year is all about local derbies and traditional rivalries. We’ve been a part of two tough, close games against Cardiff and the Scarlets and we’ve been fortunate enough to get the results we wanted. Performances haven’t been perfect, far from it, but the character and spirit we’ve shown as a group have been very satisfying and have allowed us to pick up two wins away from home.
“Now we are coming back to the Liberty, we’re up against the Scarlets, and there’s a big crowd guaranteed, so there’s a real buzz about the place. These are the types of games that everybody looks forward to, players, coaches and supporters, and it’s great to see a big crowd at the Liberty. Hopefully that crowd number will rise significantly between now and kick-off, because games like this allow supporters to show how much the region means to them.”
Tickets for this game are available to purchase now at the Liberty Stadium Ticket Office, online at www.ospreysrugby.com/buytickets and via the Ticket Hotline on 0844 815 6665, with the New Year Double-Deal on tickets for this match and the Heineken Cup visit of Northampton Saints a week later costing just £30.
The Ticket Office/Hotline opening hours this week are as follows:
Mon 30th Dec 10am-6pm
Tues 31st Dec 10am-4pm
Weds 1st Jan 9am-4pm (Note that Swans v Man City kicks off 12.45pm)
Thurs 2nd Jan 10am-6pm
Fri 2rd Jan 10am-7.15pm (KO)
In addition, tickets can be purchased from the following Tesco stores in Ospreylia:
Tesco Extra Bridgend
Tesco Extra Fforestfach
Tesco Extra Llansamlet
Tesco Neath Abbey
Tesco Swansea Marina
For this game, you can also buy tickets from Tesco Extra Parc Trostre in Llanelli