GUINNESS PRO12: Ospreys return to top of table

Guinness PRO12 League
Guinness PRO12 League

OSPREYS 17 SCARLETS 15

Ospreys resisted a Scarlets fight back to win the Guinness PRO12 Welsh derby at the Liberty Stadium 17-15 and go back to the top of the table.

Tries from Aisea Natoga and Dan Lydiate, on his first start for the region, put the Ospreys in a strong position at 17-9 at the break.

But the Scarlets, despite losing Rhys Priestland through injury in the first half, got within two points with two second-half penalties for Steven Shingler.

Ospreys held on to win and it means Scarlets have only won once at the Liberty Stadium back in September 2007.

Lydiate made his first start for Ospreys with blindside James King moving to partner Alun Wyn Jones in the second row in place of Rynier Bernardo - the only change from the side that beat Ulster 31-20.

Despite recent injuries, Wales internationals Liam Williams and Priestland both started along with captain John Barclay, who made his comeback from a thigh strain. Aaron Shingler returned from illness while Hadleigh Parkes made his first start for the region.