Ospreys V Scarlets

The Ospreys team to face The Scarlets, in the Celtic League, at the Liberty Stadium "€" Tuesday 18th April "€" kick off at 7.10pm, will be as follows: -

The Ospreys team to face The Scarlets, in the Celtic League, at the Liberty Stadium – Tuesday 18th April – kick off at 7.10pm, will be as follows: -

15         Damian Karauna

14         Stefan Terblanche

13         Sonny Parker

12         Gavin Henson          

11         Richard Mustoe

10         Matthew Jones

9          Jason Spice                 

1          Duncan Jones (Captain)           

2          Huw Bennett

3          Adam Jones 

4          Alun-Wyn Jones           

5          Ian Evans

6          Jonathan Thomas          

7          Steve Tandy

8          James Bater


16         Richard Hibbard – Front Row

17         Andrew Millward – Front Row

18         Lyndon Bateman

19         Andrew Lloyd

20         Martin Roberts

21         Shaun Connor

22         Andrew Bishop 

Comment from Head Coach, Lyn Jones:

"There were huge positives in our performance at StradeyPark earlier this month.  It was a game in which we had opportunities to score, but in the end the Scarlets were good value for their victory and just edged it on the evening.  They have had a very successful season, having reached the final of the Powergen Cup, where they put together a performance that gave them a chance to beat London Wasps, although their efforts were in the end without reward”

“It is good to now be facing them at home and matches do not get any bigger than this one.  It will be our third home fixture this month, with hard earned wins coming against Glasgow and Edinburgh.  This has been a big achievement, with this season having been a constant battle with ongoing injuries to key players.  Again this week we have eleven players unavailable and it seems to have been like this for the whole season” 

“However difficult it is to deal with the injury situation, the squad remains in good spirits having won our last four consecutive home games.  The players are looking forward to testing themselves against what is a very good Scarlets outfit 

Injury and squad availability news

We currently have eleven players unavailable: -

Cai Griffiths (shoulder), Leigh Davies (knee), Shane Williams (back muscle strain), Richard Pugh (back muscle strain) have injuries, but expect to be available for selection against Leinster at the end of the month

Adrian Cashmores injury (back disc problem) is under assessment

Lee Beach (broken foot) is under rehabilitation, but is progressing well and now hopes to be available some time during May

Barry Williams and Paul James have had vertebrae disk surgery.  They remain on track to return against either Munster or Connacht

Brent Cockbain (hamstring), David Bishop (knee) and Ryan Jones (shoulder) have begun rehabilitation but will not play again this season

Remaining 2005/ 2006 season Fixtures

Ospreys v Scarlets – Liberty Stadium – Tuesday 18th April – kick off at 7.10pm

Leinster v Ospreys – Venue to be confirmed – Saturday 29th April – kick off at 7.35pm

Ospreys v Munster – Liberty Stadium – Friday 5th May – kick off at 7.10pm

Connacht v Ospreys – Sportsground – Friday 12th May – kick off at 6.30pm

Ospreys v Ulster (home) – 26/ 27/ 28 May – Venue and kick off time still to be confirmed