Ospreys PS 14 - 33 Yorkshire Carnegie

Despite a powerful start and an early 14 point lead by the Premiership Select side , indiscipline cost them and after two yellow cards they fell to a defeat in their final BIC game.

It was a promising start from the Ospreys Premiership Select,they withstood an early attack from Yorkshire Carnegie before launching their own, only a knock on spoiling the early chance. For the next few minutes the play was firmly between the 22's as neither team could manage to breach the other's impressive defence.

That was until, with ten minutes on the clock, the Ospreys PS had a line out just inside their opponents half. They passed it to midfield quickly and some good teamwork and breaks put them ahead and Keelan Giles outran the visitors to put the ball down between the posts. Joel Matavesi slotting it down the middle for the conversion.

Try scorer Keelan Giles soon had the home side back on the offensive but this time he was just beaten by the Yorkshire defence. However a knock on halted Carnegie and the Ospreys Premiership Select took advantage of the resulting scrum. The ball was quickly passed out and Joe Thomas easily ran in to score in the corner. Joel Matavesi adding the extra's despite a difficult kick.

Yorkshire Carnegie started to get themselves back into the game as the first quarter came to an end. When the home side were penalised, they put themselves into the danger zone with a good place kick. The rolling maul powered forward and as they Ospreys PS pack wheeled Jack Barnard popped over the line. Joel Hodgson with a successful conversion.

There were good opportunities for both sides following the try but handling errors as well as solid defence from the opposition stopped any efforts progressing. It stayed that way until the last play of the first half. With a line out on the 5m line and the Ospreys Premiership Select side down to 14 men after Rynier Bernardo was yellow carded, Yorkshire Carnegie made short work of powering over for their second. The conversion just failed to reach its target and  the visitors just trailed at half time.

HT: Ospreys Premiership Select 14 - 12 Yorkshire Carnegie

Yorkshire Carnegie started the second half much better than they did the first. They put pressure on the depleted home side from the first whistle and within two minutes Rob O'Donnell was over the try line.  Hodgson this time able to add the conversion.

A kicking game followed and Yorkshire Carnegie blinked first as their ball went straight out. With a line out in the Carnegie half and back up to 15 men after Bernardo returned from the bin, it looked like the perfect moment for the Ospreys Premiership Select to get back into the game but the throw went long and the chance was lost.

The home side were back in contention soon after with another line out. The pack rolling over the 5m line before the forwards individually started to power forward. However the Ospreys PS couldn't make it the final few feet and eventually the ball was turned over and Yorkshire Carnegie cleared it out of the danger zone.

More good breaks from Giles, Tom Grabham and Kieran Williams followed but the Ospreys just couldn't find the gap needed in the solid wall of Yorkshire Carnegie defence.

As the final quarter started the Ospreys found themselves back down to 14 men as Lloyd Evans was yellow carded for a tip tackle. With a line out in the corner following, Yorkshire Carnegie were just too powerful to defend against and replacement Lee Imiolek scored the visitors 4th try of the afternoon. Fellow replacement Harry Leonard adding the conversion.

Five minutes later and the visitors were back on the attack. Still a man down, the Ospreys Premiership Select just couldn't hold them out and Jarad Williams was able to put the ball down. Leonard adding the extra 2 points with a second successful conversion.

Once back to a full quota the Ospreys started to gain a bit of momentum to their moves. Ifereimi Boladau, who had made some exceptional tackles throughout the match, taking his turn to attack rather than defend and carrying the ball forward. However his, and several other attacks were ended with knock ons and the final whistle came before the Ospreys could find their third try.

FT: Ospreys Premiership Select 14 - 33 Yorkshire Carnegie

Dan Griffiths, Ospreys Premiership Select Head Coach, remarked on the game:

"There's a lot of positives to take from today, there was some really good rugby played in patches by us and we put some really good phases together. It's just those key moments like the two yellow cards that have ended up in us not getting the result.

"There's no substitute for experience and coming up against full professional outfits is not something they can get playing in the Premiership so it's been a step up for the team, a team which is made up of really young lads. It's been difficult but they are learning on the job so we have to accept that there are going to be tough times but what we have shown today is that there are a lot of very capable players in that group that will only get better having had this experience."