There was a win and a loss for the Ospreys age-grade teams on Wednesday night as the U18s secured their first win of the season with an impressive 31-10 victory over the Dragons at Llandarcy while the U20s were unable to gain revenge over the Scarlets as they lost 41-31 in Llanelli.
At Llandarcy, Dan Brooks and Jed Evans crossed to score within the opening 15 minutes of the match to reward the Eyasses for their dominance. Daf Howells ensures the young Ospreys were in control of the game as he grabbed a hat trick of tries before the half time whistle had even sounded.
The young Ospreys would have been further in front but accuracy with the boot let them down as they squandered thirteen points.
Having it all to do in the second half, the Dragons came out looking to find a way back into the match. Angus O'Brien and Deryn Jones scored a try each for the Dragons to reward them for their efforts.
The Eyasses were unable to add to their five tries but centre, Joe Thomas slotted two penalties to ensure his team secured that all important victory.
The victory will give the Eyasses confidence ahead of their next fixture against the undefeated Cardiff Blues in the new year.
Meanwhile, it was definitely one for the neutrals as twelve tries were scored at Parc-y-Scarlets as the two U20 teams met for the second time in a week. As they did at Llandarcy last Wednesday, the Scarlets rallied into an early seventeen point lead. The Eyasses hit back through captain, Dai Griggs, who crossed the whitewash twice to make it four tries in two appearances for the Eyasses.
The Scarlets had control of the game as they went in 22-10 up at the break.
It was tit for tat in the second half as both teams exchanged tries. Rhodri Cole and Dominic Carroll grabbed tries for the young Ospreys as the Scarlets scored two tries of their own.
With ten points separating the two sides, the Scarlets managed to create daylight between them and the Eyasses as they scored a converted try.
The Ospreys did not give up as Ben Scott Thomas crashed over to score late on. It wasn't enough as the Scarlets managed to hold out for victory and to secure a double in the West Wales derby double header.