The Ospreys team to play Cardiff Blues at Liberty Stadium on Saturday 5th January 2019, KO 3.00pm, is as follows:
15 Dan Evans 14 George North 13 Cory Allen 12 Scott Williams 11 Luke Morgan 10 Sam Davies 9 Aled Davies 1 Rhodri Jones 2 Scott Baldwin 3 Tom Botha 4 Adam Beard 5 Alun Wyn Jones 6 Olly Cracknell 7 Justin Tipuric (Capt) 8 Sam Cross.
REPLACEMENTS – 16 Scott Otten 17 Gareth Thomas 18 Alex Jeffries 19 Lloyd Ashley 20 James King 21 Tom Habberfield 22 Luke Price 23 Owen Watkin
The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:
Dan Baker – Knee; Bradley Davies – Knee; Ma’afu Fia – Achilles; Lesley Klim – Hamstring; Dan Lydiate – Elbow; Nicky Smith – Ankle; Kieran Williams – Groin
Ospreys Head Coach, Allen Clarke, said:
“There’s been a positive reaction from the whole squad in training this week; it’s now essential we carry that into the match at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
“Our execution needs to be better and we must be more clinical to finish off the opportunities we are creating. We dominated many aspects of the game versus the Dragons but we need to translate that dominance onto the scoreboard.
“We know that we are going to have to be at our best against a Cardiff side who are confident on the back of two wins over the Christmas period. The boys are really looking forward to the challenge and to playing at home again in front of our supporters who created a brilliant atmosphere when we were last at home against the Scarlets. Their support really energises the team and is truly appreciated ”
Sat 12 Jan – 3.00pm – Ospreys v Worcester Warriors – Liberty Stadium
Sat 19 Jan – 2.00pm (Local) – Pau v Ospreys – Stade Municipal de Hameau
Fri 24 Jan – 7.35pm – Glasgow v Ospreys – Scotstoun