Ospreys team to face Leeds Carnegie

The Ospreys team to Leeds Carnegie in the LV= Cup on Thursday 4th February 2010 at Liberty Stadium, kick off at 7.35pm, will be as follows:-

15 Tom Prydie
14 Hanno Dirksen
13 Sonny Parker
12 Ashley Beck
11 Jonny Vaughton
10 Gareth Owen
9 Jamie Nutbrown
1 Ryan Bevington
2 Marc Breeze
3 Craig Mitchell
4 Andy Lloyd
5 Ian Evans
6 Jerry Collins (Capt) 
7 Steve Tandy
8 Tom Smith
16 Ed Shervington
17 Cai Griffiths 
18 Will Taylor
19 Richard Kelly
20 Conor McInerney
21 Ben Lewis
22 Rhys Webb
23 Ben John

Marc Breeze and Hanno Dirksen make their first starts for the region

Replacements Will Taylor, Conor McInerney and Ben John will make their Ospreys debuts if used as replacements

Ospreys Player/Coach Filo Tiatia said:

"Obviously we were disappointed with the result last week, but there's a lot of things we can take from the performance. Our job as coaches is to work this week to fix the things that didn't work for us on Friday night, to make sure that we can put on a really good performance for our fans at the Liberty on Thursday. We've gone through the review performance, the players have seen the footage and as a collective group we know the areas that we need to fix. It's all about experience for the youngsters involved, and making sure that we learn from them.

"A lot of young kids were on show against the Dragons, and that'll be the case again on Thursday night, it's a real opportunity for them to stand up and show us what they can do. It's difficult for us to prepare for games when we have so many players away on international duty, but this is where the beauty of this competition is, as with its development status it allows us to throw in some of the talented kids that we've got coming through, to expose them to a decent standard of footy. It'll stand us in good stead in the long term, with regards to the depth of talent available to us at the Ospreys, that's for sure.

"We want to round off this competition on a high, and that will be our target on Thursday night, to put together a performance of the standard we expect at the Ospreys. I know that we have young kids itching to go, we have players coming back from injury, and guys who haven't had a lot of game time lately, so with everyone looking to make a point, I'm sure we'll be able to put on a good show for our fans."
Forthcoming Fixtures
Thurs 4th Feb - Ospreys V Leeds Carnegie - LV= Cup - Liberty Stadium - 7.35pm                                   
Sun 21st Feb - Ospreys V Connacht - Magners League - Liberty Stadium - 5.00pm
Sun 7th Mar – Edinburgh V Ospreys – Magners League – Murrayfield – 2.00pm
Sat 27th Mar – Newport Gwent Dragons V Ospreys – Magners League - Rodney Parade – 6.30pm