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The Ospreys claimed the Welsh regional derby spoils with a hard fought win over Newport Gwent Dragons yesterday that sees them remain top of the Guinness PRO12 league table after all of the action in Round 13.

Cardiff Blues and the Scarlets both went down fighting as they lost out to two of the toughest opponents in the league in very difficult weather conditions, with both teams putting together plenty of good attacking play but failing to kick on against high-quality opposition.

Cardiff Blues 13 – Leinster Rugby 22

Cardiff Blues went down in a battling display at home to current Guinness PRO12 champions Leinster Rugby at BT Sport Arms Park on Saturday.

The first try of the afternoon went to Leinster after Jimmy Goparth skilfully opened up the Blues defence and put away centre Noel Reid away to cross the whitewash.

The Blues responded by building up some pressure of their own, which lead to Gareth Anscombe knocking over two penalties to put them into the lead before a Manoa Vosawai try stretched them further ahead. But Blues lock Jarrad Hoeata was shown red card for dangerous tackle shortly before half time, turning the game on its head and taking the tie out of reach for Mark Hammett’s men.

After that Leinster kicked on, and despite a fine effort from the Blues the Irish team added tries through Jimmy Gopperth, Luke McGrath and Tadhg Furlong to bag the points.

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Ospreys 22 – Newport Gwent Dragons 11

The Ospreys stayed at the top of the Guinness PRO12 table courtesy of victory in a tough physical battle against Newport Gwent Dragons in the Welsh derby at the Liberty Stadium yesterday.

The Dragons started well in Swansea, turning down an early shot at goal and instead opting to kick for touch after the Ospreys infringed at the breakdown. The Dragons then put together a series of drives close to the Ospreys line which eventually led to another penalty going their way at the breakdown and Tom Prydie knocked over his penalty attempt to give the Men Of Gwent an early lead.

But the Ospreys bounced back and after repeatedly going through the phases in the Dragons half Tyler Ardron went over for a try for the home team, with Biggar converting. Biggar then went on to add another two pens before half time, with Prydie adding another three point effort of his own for the Dragons to put the scores at 13 – 6 at the interval.

After the break the Ospreys dominated the game and even though scrum half Richie Rees crossed late on for the Dragons it wasn’t enough to rattle the hosts as three more penalties from the reliable right boot of Dan Biggar sealed the win.

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Glasgow Warriors 22 – Scarlets 7

Scarlets continue to look for their first away win of the season after they went down fighting in tough weather conditions against Glasgow Warriors on Friday evening.

Playing away in driving wind and rain was always going to be a tough ask against a high-quality opponent but the Scarlets started brightly and took a lead into the half time break thanks to an outstanding finish by Liam Williams, whose try was converted by Rhys Priestland to give the Scarlets a half time lead.

But after the break the Scots weathered the storm better than their visitors and produced tries from Peter Murchie and DTH van der Merve to pull away and claim their 15th consecutive home win in the Guinness PRO12.

With a tough away fixture away to Leicester Tigers on Friday evening in the European Rugby Champions Cup the Scarlets now face another huge challenge to grab their first away win of the season and keep their European qualification hopes alive.

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