Ospreys team to play Benetton Treviso

The Ospreys team to play Benetton Treviso at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday 17th September, 2016, KO 7.35 pm, is as follows:

15 Dan Evans

14 Jeff Hassler

13 Ben John

12 Josh Matavesi

11 Dafydd Howells

10 Sam Davies

9 Tom Habberfield (Capt)


1 Paul James

2 Sam Parry

3 Dmitri Arhip

4 Lloyd Ashley

5 Rory Thornton

6 James King

7 Justin Tipuric

8 Tyler Ardron



16 Scott Baldwin

17 Gareth Thomas

18 Maafu Fia

19 Alun Wyn Jones

20 Olly Cracknell

21 Rhys Webb

22 Dan Biggar

23 Keelan Giles


Tyler Ardron makes his 50th Ospreys appearance

Keelan Giles will make his senior Ospreys debut if he comes off the bench

The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:

Dan Baker - Ear

Ashley Beck Hip

Hanno Dirksen - Knee

Brendon Leonard Groin

Dan Lydiate - Shoulder

Scott Otten Hand

Daniel Suter - Neck

Sam Underhill Shoulder

Owen Watkin - Knee


Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:

It was an big performance from us out in Connacht last weekend, entirely different from the previous week but really pleasing. We were able to step up to the challenge and deliver what we needed to against a very good team who enjoyed a lot of possession and territory, particularly either side of half time. I think we showed character and resilience, we didnt buckle under pressure and everybody knew their role, staying calm, and we got our reward in those last 10 minutes.

As pleasing as it was to come away with five points, we know that there were areas of our game where we need to sharpen up. Its only going to get tougher over the next few weeks so nobody will be allowed to get ahead of themself. The season is only two weeks old so what the table looks like today is irrelevant really.

The season is all about momentum and we are building nicely off the back of a good summer, and its great that we are able to introduce a few more senior boys this weekend who cant wait to pull the jersey on again. The depth we are starting to develop is important for us over the course of a long season.

Its not going to be straightforward on Saturday. Treviso have posed some real problems for Leinster and Ulster over the last couple of weekends, they will be physical and strong up front. We need to make sure we are on our game if we want to keep things ticking over, growing that momentum.


Forthcoming Fixtures

Fri 23 Sep 7.35pm KO Leinster v Ospreys RDS PRO12

Sat 1 Oct 5.30pm KO - Ulster v Ospreys Kingspan Stadium PRO12

Fri 7 Oct 7.35pm KO Ospreys v Cardiff Blues Liberty Stadium PRO12

Fri 14 Oct 7.05pm KO Ospreys v Newcastle Falcons Liberty Stadium Challenge Cup