International Roundup

It was a busy weekend of International rugby, which saw 7 Ospreys and 11 Ospreys Women all in action on Saturday

Wales completed their first ever Under Armour series clean sweep as they overcame South Africa 20-11 to win their ninth test match in a row. Warren Gatland's side are on their best winning run since 1999 and is their fourth victory in a row against the Springboks.

The hosts crossed for two first half tries courtesy of tight-head prop Tomas Francis and full back Liam Williams with Gareth Anscombe and Dan Biggar kicking 10 points between them.

Jessie Kriel claimed South Africa's only try while Handre Pollard and Elton Jantjies contributed six points to their cause, to bring the final score to Wales 20 -11 South Africa.


Elsewhere, Wales Women couldn't end their autumn campaign with a third straight victory but still put in an impressive performance as they were beaten 38-21 by Canada. Against a team ranked fourth in the world, Rowland Phillips' side gave absolutely everything and played some fine rugby to boot.

Wales scored tries through Ospreys hooker Carys Phillips, Sioned Harries and Lisa Neumann and Robyn Wilkins kicked the rest of the points.

Wales started with a bang and after previous autumn wins over South Africa and Hong Kong, confidence was high in the home ranks. Ospreys Scrum-half Keira Bevan and full-back Lauren Smyth both produced promising openings, with Smyth looking especially dangerous as she ran back Canada kicks with intent. But it was not enough for the side to claim the victory, as the visitors took the 38-21 win.


Meanwhile, Ma’afu Fia earned his second cap for Tonga on Saturday afternoon. Despite going ahead 6-0 in the opening half, the Lelos powered their way back to take the lead, with the final score Georgia 20 – 9 Tonga.