A Luke Morgan try was enough for the Ospreys to end the Scarlets run of 10 consecutive derby victories with a 19-12 win at the Liberty Stadium today, Saturday (Dec 22).
Off a scrappy loose pass, Morgan had the pace to dive onto the ball during the second half. Fly-half Sam Davies added 14 points with the boot in a man of the match display.
With a surprise call of Hadleigh Parkes at fly-half, Scarlets could only claim four penalty kicks through Rhys Patchell (3) and Dan Jones (1).
The first half was a kicking battle, with Patchell and Davies trading early penalties to make the scoreline 9-6 in favour of the visitors at half time.
However the Ospreys turned up the pressure in the second half and were rewarded when Morgan was able to take full advantage when a Jonathan Davies’ pass went loose, a kick and chase resulted in the only try of the match. Davies converted.
Davies slotted a penalty before stepping into the pocket and nailing a drop goal to give his side breathing space. Shortly afterwards he extended the lead to 19-9 with his second drop goal.
A late penalty by Jones brought the Scarlets back to within 7 points.
There was to be controversy at the end however, as the stadium clock reached 80 minutes Davies booted the ball into touch much to the delight of the home crowd, but referee Ben Whitehouse insisted that time was not over so Scarlets had one final attacking opportunity.
A five meter line-out was poorly executed though and the Ospreys this time managed to finish the match off and continue their impressive home record.
Final score: Ospreys 19 – 12 Scarlets
Man of the Match: Sam Davies