Scarlets take Welsh derby honours over Ospreys

Guinness PRO12 League
Guinness PRO12 League

SCARLETS 22 OSPREYS 10

Scarlets gained sweet revenge over Ospreys in a full-blooded encounter at Parc y Scarlets as they beat the Guinness Pro12 leaders 22-10.

Not only was it a fine response for Scarlets’ 17-15 defeat at the Liberty Stadium last weekend, but the victory was also their first over Ospreys since Boxing Day 2011.

Ospreys were undone by tries from Liam Williams and John Barclay, while Rhys Priestland kicked over 12 points. All Ospreys could muster was a try from Dan Evans and a penalty and conversion from the boot of Dan Biggar.

The defeat also ended a run of 17 wins for the Ospreys against all the other Welsh regions going back to 2011.

It did not help the visitors that they were forced into a significant late change when influential Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb withdrew through illness just before kick-off. He was replaced by Martin Roberts.

The only other change for Ospreys saw wing Aisea Natoga replace Eli Walker.

Wales centre Scott Williams returned to captain the Scarlets after recovering from a shoulder injury, with Hadleigh Parkes moving out to the wing as Kristian Phillips banned for three games after a tackle on Dan Evans in the reverse fixture last week.

In a feisty first half the Scarlets showed huge desire to avenge the previous weekend’s loss at the Liberty Stadium and deserved their 14-3 lead at the break.