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Ospreys 16-19 Cardiff Blues: Tomos Williams and goal-kicking of Jason Tovey fire first PRO14 win at Liberty Stadium since 2005

RESULT: Ospreys 16-19 Blues

Cardiff Blues defeated the Ospreys for the first time since April 2017 with a victory at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium.

PENALTY Blues! 16-19

Replacement flanker Olly Robinson had dropped a pass from Williams with a clear path to the try-line.

However, the Blues were awarded a penalty at the resultant scrum for Tovey to put them into the lead for a third time.

PENALTY Ospreys! 16-16

Blues’ substitute hooker Liam Belcher had his hands all over the ball at the ruck to concede a penalty.

McKenzie punished him to draw the Blues level.

TRY Blues! 13-16

A brilliant trademark chip from Tomos Williams over the top of the Ospreys defence as it rushed off its try-line enabled the chasing Evans to score.

Tovey converted and they were in front for a second time.

PENALTY Blues! 13-9

Blues reshuffled their back-line with Jason Tovey coming on at outside-half and Evans moving to inside-centre in place of Ben Thomas.

Tovey took over the goal-kicking and promptly found the target to reduce the deficit to four points with 24 minutes remaining.

PENALTY Ospreys! 13-6

Ospreys extended their lead to seven points with a penalty from McKenzie after Will Boyde infringed making a tackle.

Third yellow-card for the Blues!

Paulo had just returned to the fray when he winded Ospreys scrum-half Aled Davies with a thumping and legal tackle.

Play continued with Josh Adams killing the ball at a ruck near his try-line to receive the dreaded yellow-card, reducing the Blues to 13 men for a second time.

HALF-TIME: Ospreys 10-6 Blues

It was a dreary half of rugby although the weather in Swansea hasn’t helped.

Ospreys just about deserve to be in front but they have failed to make their temporary two-man advantage tell.

Jarrod Evans wide with shot at goal for Blues

Although they were down to 13 men, the Blues won a penalty after hooker Kirby Myhill was wrestled to the ground by Olly Cracknell.

But Evans blasted his attempt well wide of the target.

TRY Ospreys! 10-6

Tackle regulations have resulted in Wales scrum-half Tomos Williams joining Paulo in the bin.

Williams was attempting to stop Dan Lydiate going over in the corner but the flanker’s head was so low to the ground Williams inevitably grabbed him high.

It left referee Dan Jones without a choice other than to yellow-card Williams and award a penalty try, which is nowadays worth seven points because it doesn’t require converting.

Blues have new signing sin-binned for foul play

Lock Filo Paulo, who recently embarked on his second spell at the Blues, copped a yellow-card for taking out Dirksen with a thudding off the ball tackle.

New Zealander misses with regulation penalty

It’s been dreary stuff with penalties galore. Blues flanker Shane Lewis-Hughes is the offender this time but McKenzie’s regulation shot at goal thundered back off an upright.

PENALTY Blues! 3-6

Evans put the Blues into the lead after Ospreys scrum-half Aled Davies entered a ruck illegally on his 22.

PENALTY Blues! 3-3

Jarrod Evans has levelled matters with a penalty. It was awarded after the Ospreys illegally pulled down a driving maul.

Nervous start from Matthew Morgan

The Blues full-back surprisingly opted to put boot to ball after being put in space and having Owen Lane outside him unmarked.

Scott Williams was cutting off Morgan but he turned down the chance of taking him on or finding winger Lane.

Ospreys bomb chance of a try

Ospreys were denied a try after right-wing Hanno Dirksen failed to ground the ball following a kick-through from centre Scott Williams.

Blues full-back Matthew Morgan failed to grasp it in the slippery conditions and drizzle.

His mistake seemed to catch Dirksen by surprise and he knocked on with the line at his mercy.

PENALTY Ospreys! 3-0

Ospreys had a chance to take the lead through the boot of new outside-half signing Marty McKenzie after the Blues were penalised at a scrum.

The New Zealander, the brother of All Blacks Damian McKenzie, slotted it to give them the lead.

Kick-off looming between Ospreys and Blues

This is a pivotal match for both sides and it should be a physical battle,

Ospreys cannot overtake Dragons in table after former star gives Gwent region triumph over Scarlets

Spectators in Swansea will hope for a better spectacle than the second half between the Dragons and Scarlets in Newport.

There was mitigating circumstances with the rain pelting down on Rodney Parade but it became a war of attrition with former Ospreys play-maker Sam Davies pinching it 22-20 for the Dragons with the final kick of the match, a drop-goal.

It means the Ospreys, even if they beat the Blues, cannot overtake the Gwent region, who have climbed to fifth, in the Conference A table.

The startling Ospreys statistic when Justin Tipuric is in their side

Since the start of last season the Ospreys have won 12 out of 14 Guinness PRO14 games with Justin Tipuric in their side.

Without him they have triumphed in just two out of 15. It needs to be stressed that when flanker Tipuric has been off limits to his region, for most of that time the same has applied to other Wales players such as Alun Wyn Jones - just two defeats in 10 PRO14 games last term - so a degree of caution needs to be attached.

Even so, nobody would surely doubt the influence of Tipuric on the Ospreys. However, Wales captain Jones is still sidelined by injury.

Blues team news

The classy Rey Lee-Lo and youngster Ben Thomas continue their midfield partnership for the Blues.

But the match has come too soon for back-row poacher Josh Navidi to make his return from the hamstring injury he picked up at the World Cup.

Nevertheless, the visitors welcome back Brad Thyer and James Ratti, who faces his former team, to their pack, with Thyer making his 50th PRO14 appearance.

Conditions could be a factor at Liberty Stadium

It had been raining heavily in Swansea and, although it has stopped, pitch conditions promise to be greasy and tricky.

That may please the Ospreys, whose strength appears to be up front, and not the silky backs of the Blues.

Ospreys have had an astonishing hold over the Blues

Ospreys’ only defeat to the Blues in their last 17 meetings in the Guinness PRO14 since 2010 was a 35-17 loss on Judgement Day at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in April 2017..

They have clashed 32 times with the Ospreys winning 23, Blues eight with one draw.

Cardiff Blues defeated the Ospreys for the first time since April 2017 as they won their Guinness PRO14 derby at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium.

It was only the second occasion the Ospreys have lost to the Blues in 18 championship meetings since 2010 and their first home reverse against them for 14 years.

The regions have now clashed 33 times with the Ospreys winning 23, Blues nine with one draw.

A try from Jarrod Evans, created by the brilliance of scrum-half Tomos Williams, conversion and two penalties from substitute Jason Tovey – Evans also landed one – was just enough for the Blues to edge a dreadful encounter in foul wet weather in front of a low attendance of 6,664.

Ospreys had led 10-6 at the end of a first half and extended it to 13-6 but failed to take advantage of the Blues having had three players – lock Filo Paulo, Williams and wing Josh Adams – sin-binned.

Victory enabled the Blues to climb to fifth in Conference B while the Ospreys, who have won just once in 12 outings in all competitions, remained rooted to bottom spot in Conference A.

Back-row forward Shane Lewis-Hughes celebrated signing a new three-year contract with the Blues with a man of the match performance.

You can read below what happened during the match.

Scott Williams cuts a dejected figure following Ospreys' latest defeat

Ospreys: C Evans; H Dirksen, T Thomas-Wheeler, S Williams, L Morgan; M McKenzie, A Davies; N Smith, S Otten, M Fia, A Beard, B Davies, D Lydiate, J Tipuric (capt), O Cracknell.

Subs: D Lake, R Fawcett, S Gardiner, M Orie, M Morris, S Venter, L Price, K Williams.

Try: Pen try; pens: M McKenzie (3).

Blues: M Morgan; O Lane, R Lee-Lo, B Thomas, J Adams; J Evans, T Williams; B Thyer, K Myhill, S Andrews, F Paulo, J Ratti, S Lewis-Hughes, W Boyde (capt), J Turnbull.

Subs: L Belcher, R Gill, K Assiratti, M Cook, O Robinson, L Williams, J Tovey, H Amos.

Try: J Evans; con: J Tovey; pens: Evans (2), Tovey (2).

Yellow-card: Paulo (31), T Williams (33), Adams (43).

Referee: Dan Jones (Wales).

Attendance: 6,664

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