Ospreys youngsters suffer home defeat

The Ospreys Under-18's suffered a home defeat at the hands of Newport Gwent Dragons at Llandarcy on Wednesday evening.

Having been beaten when the two sides met at Newbridge last month, the Gwent region bagged a bonus point in beating the Eyasses 27-14.

It was a victory that not only made up for their defeat on home soil, but one that takes them into second place in the championship behind runaway leaders the Blues.

Full-back Matthew O’Brien, whose kicking so far this season has been nothingshort of exemplary, kicked off the scoring with a penalty before Dafydd Morgan crossed for the first of three first half tries for the visitors.

O’Brien converted and though Matthew Morgan was on the mark with a 23rd minute penalty, the Dragons were back into their stride three minutes later when O’Brien converted his own try whilst the hosts were down to 14 men.

A Morgan penalty before Tom Ashmead’s try on the stroke of half time made it 22-6 to the Dragons and though the Ospreys threatened a comeback of sorts after the interval, it was the visitors who made sure when replacement Jean Bruzulier bagged a second try in as many matches to make the game safe.

Morgan’s third penalty and a late try from Matthew Vaughan provided the Ospreys with some respectability, but the night belonged to the Dragons.