Zebre Bradley Davies

Ospreys claw back for a bonus point win against Zebre

TRY OSPREYS! Before we could even write the opening line, Ospreys were off to a flyer in Parma. A couple Ospreys set plays, that looked straight off the training ground, opened up the right side for Luke Morgan who shipped it out to Harri Deaves for the finish. Jack Walsh converts, 0-7 to the Ospreys. What a first minute.

TRY OSPREYS! Ospreys were not resting on their laurels. Quick ball and some wonderful set plays carved open the Zebre defence, allowing Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler to go over for the try. Walsh converts, 0-14 Ospreys.

Champagne rugby seemed the appropriate term for the Ospreys’ first 15 minutes, the young guns were lighting up the early stages of this one.

Despite the early dominance from the Ospreys, Zebre answered back on the 20 minute mark. Zebre Parma win a penalty, pin the ball near the Ospreys five metre line and a set play opens up Jacobus van Wyk to finish on the wing. Zebre unable to convert, 5-14 Ospreys.

Zebre were next to score. A chip over the top is recovered by Zebre and Taina Fox-Matamua scores from the next play. Zebre convert, 12-14 Ospreys.

Penalties seemed to be costing the boys momentum in this one, Taina Fox-Matamua scored his second try for Zebre. Tiff Eden converts. Zebre lead 19-14 as the half-time whistle blows.



The first-half momentum seemed to carry over into the second for Zebre. A strong first ten minutes saw them come away with another try, this time from Luca Andreani. Zebre unable to convert, 24-14.

Ospreys began to build themselves into the second half slowly, some solid scrummaging from the pack was building pressure on Zebre.

Ospreys bring on the reinforcements as Stephen Myler comes on for Jack Walsh and James Fender replaces Huw Sutton.

TRY FOR OSPREYS! Some quality work going through the phases is eventually powered over by Morgan Morris as he bumps off a few tacklers. Stephen Myler converts, 24-21 to Zebre.

Ospreys make a substitution as Elvis Presley's biggest fan, Rhys Henry comes on for Tom Botha.  

TRY FOR OSPREYS! A chip over the top was recovered by Luke Morgan who tipped the ball into hands of Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler. Tiaan is tackled but Ospreys manage to distribute quick ball and it goes touchline to touchline to Keelan Giles who breaks down the left. Keelan offloads to Morgan Morris, who offloads to Reuben Morgan Williams who goes over for the try. Myler converts, 24-28 to the Ospreys.

A close finish coming here as Ospreys entered the lead with ten minutes to go.

Last minute substitutions for Ospreys see Tom Cowan-Dickie and Garyn Phillips come on field for Elvis Taione and Captain, Nicky Smith.

In the dying seconds, Zebre win a penalty and pin the ball near the Ospreys’ try line. A rolling maul ensued but the ball popped out, which is seen and booted out by Rhys Henry. Ospreys come away with a huge win in Parma.