LiveJudgement Day

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Summary

  • East takes on west in the regional RaboDirect Pro12 double-header in the capital.
  • Last year the Scarlets and Ospreys were triumphant and both are favourites to take the spoils again.
  • The Scarlets are hunting a win that will put them closer to securing the final qualification spot for next year's Rugby Champions Cup.
  • The Ospreys need five points to keep the heat on Glasgow and Ulster in the battle for the playoffs.
  • The Dragons are looking to end a run of five games without a victory that has seen them slide to 10th in the table.
  • The resurgent Blues bid for a hat-trick of wins following their successes against Ulster and Edinburgh.

6:40pm

Final play and Ardron knocks on over the line thanks to Harries' desperate tackle. Dragons 10 Ospreys 20. Report coming soon...

6:34pm

All over. Penalty try after the Dragons are shunted back. 20-10 in the closing stages...

6:24pm

Duncan Bell is blowing and the Ospreys destroy the Dragons' scrum for a penalty that Biggar strikes beautifully. 13-10 with 10 to go.

6:18pm

It's Prydie who slots over the leveller. 10-10.

6:17pm

Spratt slaps down a ball and is yellow-carded. Burton to have a shot at goal...

6:15pm

Ospreys hit the front. Habberfield snipes over from close range. Biggar converts and it's 10-7 just past the hour.

6:04pm

Biggar slots over a penalty - 7-3 after 54 mins.

6:02pm

Attendance: 30, 411

6:02pm

Cudd is sent to the sin bin for tackling Biggar off the ball. Gives the Ospreys a sniff.

5:57pm

Do we have an upset on our hands? Early yet mind!

5:56pm

DRAGONS IN FRONT! Richie Rees goes over after Amos, Morgan and Hill combine. Cracking try and the extras make it 7-0.

5:48pm

Biggar gets us back under way.

5:36pm

Half time: 0-0. It's actually been intruiging! The Os need a BP win but are up against it now.

5:28pm

Aaaargh! Toby goes on a surge down the right but the Os snuff out the attack as Morgan scented a try.

5:27pm

Ryan Jones yellow carded for killing the ball, the Dragons kick the pen to the corner but the Ospreys stand firm.

5:14pm

Talei off, Cudd on. The big Fijian, who hadn't made the best of starts, helped off after injuring his left leg when carrying.

5:08pm

The Ospreys - who need a BP win in their bid for the playoffs - kick a penalty to the corner rather than to the sticks... but the throw isn't straight.

5:03pm

Ospreys 8 Dan Baker drops the ball going for the line. Yet another escape for the under the pump Dragons.

4:56pm

It's all Ospreys so far. Still 0-0 though.

4:52pm

Fussell try chalked off after Habberfield knocks on in the build-up. Ominous start, mind.

4:48pm

4:47pm

Nearly a dream start for the Dragons, Prydie intercepts but Spratt stops him going under the sticks. Burton is then wide with a snap drop goal.

4:39pm

Huge blow for the Dragons losing Coombs. Could have done with his bite in the tight five.

Leach's withdrawal is also a blow... but it's great to see Tyler Morgan, 18, given a Pro12 debut. He has been superb for Newport in the Premiership and has the skills to be a real threat today.

4:34pm

4:29pm

Dragons: H Amos, T Prydie, T Morgan, J Dixon, W Harries, K Burton, R Rees, P Price, R Thomas, D Bell, M Screech, C Hill, N Talei, L Evans (captain), T Faletau. Replacements: S Parry, O Evans, B Douglas, C Hill, N Cudd, J Evans, J Tovey, T Morgan.

Ospreys: R Fussell, J Hassler, J Spratt, A Beck, H Dirksen, D Biggar, T Habberfield, D Jones, S Baldwin, A Jarvis, R Jones, A W Jones (captain), J King, J Tipuric, D Baker. Replacements: S Otten, N Smith, A Jones, T Ardon, S Lewis, T Tebaldi, S Davies, A Natoga.

4:27pm

Couple of changes for the Dragons. They're without captain Andrew Coombs and centre Pat Leach, Cory Hill and 18-year-old Tyler Morgan start.

4:04pm

All over. Blues win 17-13. Now on to the main event...

3:51pm

It's up for grabs with five left thanks to Ken Owens' try... 14-13 to the Blues but Davies is about to have a shot at goal.

3:38pm

3:25pm

Double reds. Robin Copeland stamps on Liam Williams' head - sent off. Liam Williams was slowing the ball down - second yellow.

2:58pm

2:50pm

Priestland knocks over a penalty and it's 14-8 at the break. The Scarlets will probably take that because they have been awful.

2:45pm

Approaching half-time and it's 14-5 to the Blues. Another Davies penalty responds to a Priestland try (and the Wales fly-half missed the conversion from in front of the sticks, appalling).

2:23pm

A quarter gone and it's 11-0 to the Blues thanks to a brace of penalties by Gareth Davies. The Scarlets have been dire.

2:08pm

Scarlets down to 14 for 10 minutes after Liam Williams clobbers Cuthbert in the air. Lucky to see yellow rather than red? I'd say so.

2:04pm

Early score for the Blues, Cuthbert sneaking over down the left. 5-0 after 5.

1:58pm

If the Scarlets beat the Blues then the Dragons would go up to seventh with an unlikely win against the Ospreys.

1:23pm

Teams...

Blues: Fish, Cuthbert, Allen, Hewitt, Czekaj, G Davies, L Jones, Jenkins (captain), Rees, Filise, B Davies, Paulo, Cook, Navidi, Copeland. Reps: R Williams, T Davies, Andrews, Dicomidis, Jenkins, L Williams, Humberstone, Robinson.

Scarlets: L Williams, Phillips, J Davies (captain), Maule, J Williams, D Gavies, John, Owens, Lee, Ball, Earle, Shingler, Barclay, Turnbull. Reps: Myhill, R Evans, R Jones, Snyman, Timani, R Williams, S Shingler, Climo.

1:19pm

It's a horrid day out there but the roof is shut.

Blues and Scarlets first up in just over half an hour and the Dragons could do with a west Wales win to keep the Cardiff boys within reach.

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