Ospreys too strong for Blues in LV= Cup

The Ospreys were too strong for Cardiff Blues as they came away from Cardiff City stadium with a 7-29 Anglo Welsh Cup victory on Saturday night.


The Ospreys fielded a depleted side due to the Six nations starting next week which meant that they could not select 13 of their players.


Cardiff Blues were in a similar situation but still sent over Gavin Evans early on and the Ospreys responded with a penalty try and a Morgan Allen scored a try.


The Ospreys lost lock Ian Evans and prop Cai Griffiths to the sin bin in the second half but the match was won after fly-half Matthew Morgan kicked four penalties and converted Hanno Dirksen’s try.


“It was a good exercise. We didn’t really execute, which was a bit disappointing, but we scored three good tries,” Ospreys coach Filo Tiatia told the BBC.


“And when we were down to 13 men, they showed a lot of character. A lot of young kids played tonight and I’m really proud of them.


“I think it’s a great competition in terms of development.


“There were a few players here tonight we hadn’t seen much of and they showed potential.


“It’s also a great opportunity for young coaches like myself.”


Final Score Cardiff Blues 7 (7) Ospreys (24) 29


Scorers


Cardiff Blues
Try: G Evans.
Con: Griffin.


Ospreys
Tries: Penalty, Allen, Dirksen
Con: M Morgan.
Pens: M Morgan 4.


Att: 10,320


Ref: D Pearson (England).


Teams


Ospreys : 15 Tom Prydie,14 Kristian Phillips,13 Gareth Owen,12 Ashley Beck,11 Hanno Dirksen,10 Matthew Morgan,9 Rhys Webb,,1 Duncan Jones,2 Mefin Davies,3 Cai Griffiths,4 James Goode,5 Ian Evans,6 James King,7 Justin Tipuric (Capt),8 Tom Smith ,


Replacements:16 Huw Bennett,17 Craig Cross,18 Will Taylor,19 Richard Kelly,20 Morgan Allen,21 Jamie Nutbrown,22 Tom Isaacs,23 Dai Flanagan


Cardiff Blues :15 Dan Fish 14 Steve Taylor 13 Gavin Evans 12 Dafydd Hewitt (C) 11 Harry Robinson 10 Joe Griffin 9 Rhys Downes,8 Tom Brown 7 Josh Navidi 6 Luke Hamilton 5 Macauley Cook 4 Bryn Griffiths 3 Sam Hobbs 2 Kristian Dacey 1 Tom Davies


Replacements :16 Rhys Williams 17 Lewis Smout 18 Will Griff John 19 Cory Hill 20 Owen Sheppard 21 Lewis Jones 22 Lewis Williams 23 James Loxton

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