Ospreys team to play Cardiff Blues

The Ospreys team to play Cardiff Blues at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday 28th November 2015, KO 3.00pm, is as follows:


15 Dan Evans

14 Tom Grabham

13 Jonathan Spratt

12 Hanno Dirksen

11 Eli Walker

10 Dan Biggar

9 Brendon Leonard


1 Ryan Bevington

2 Sam Parry

3 Dmitri Arhip

4 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

5 Rory Thornton

6 Dan Lydiate

7 Justin Tipuric

8 Dan Baker




16 Scott Otten

17 Nicky Smith

18 Aaron Jarvis

19 Lloyd Ashley

20 James King

21 Tom Habberfield

22 Sam Davies

23 Ben John


The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:

Tyler Ardron Knee

Scott Baldwin - Shoulder

Ashley Beck ACL

Rynier Bernardo Ankle

Gareth Delve - Shoulder

Jeff Hassler Knee

Dafydd Howells - Hamstring

Paul James Calf

Josh Matavesi HIA Protocols

Rhys Webb Foot


Ospreys Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said:

“This is another big game for us. They are coming thick and fast now and will keep coming right through December and Christmas into the New Year. It’s a real test of our resources and will stretch the squad but we are in a pretty good place at the moment and really want to build on the momentum we’ve started to generate over the last few weeks.

“We’ve played two of Europe’s form teams over the last two weekends and have come out the other side in a pretty good place. Exeter and Clermont provided us with two different kinds of challenges but we stood up to them and exceeded any expectations on us from outside the environment. Last weekend in France was particularly pleasing as we showed a real maturity about our play. There was a game plan, a target for the afternoon, which was to go out there and try to ask questions of them by playing our own game and going for tries.

“At different points in the game it would have been easy to throw the towel in but this group of players won’t do that. There’s a strong culture in place that we’ve worked hard to build and that meant they kept pressing on and got their reward on the day.

“This weekend is a different kind of challenge, but one with its own pressures. We’ve got to park up Europe for a few weeks and concentrate on climbing the PRO12 table. We’ll only do that by bringing the same intensity and desire we’ve seen the last few weeks, combined with attention to detail and a level of accuracy and understanding that has maybe been missing in the first part of the PRO12 campaign.

“The Blues will come here believing they can get the win they want and, like us, need, so that they can move up the table. It’s a contest that will bring with it all the usual stuff you get with a derby and there’ll be a bigger than normal crowd with plenty of passion. That’s fantastic for everybody but we can’t get caught up in that. We have to feed off the energy and give the supporters something to sing about, but not let the derby become the be all and end all. We have to be bigger than that and stay focused on what we want to achieve. If we do that we can put together the right level of performance.”

Forthcoming Fixtures

Sun 6 Dec 3.00pm KO (Local) Zebre v Ospreys PRO12

Sat 12 Dec 5.15pm KO Ospreys v Bordeaux Begles ERCC

Sat 19 Dec 6.15pm KO (Local) Bordeaux Begles v Ospreys - ERCC

Sat 26 Dec 2.05pm KO Scarlets v Ospreys PRO12