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After two intense rounds in Europe, the four Welsh pro teams return to Guinness PRO14 action this weekend with a high profile and intriguing double derby weekend for supporters to enjoy.

First up the Ospreys will host Dragons at the Liberty Stadium on Friday night (KO 7.35pm) with both teams looking to put in strong performances and secure points along with all the added rivalry, tradition and passion thrown in at big Welsh derby occasions.

It’s also the last chance for supporters to see a host of recently selected Welsh internationals in action before Wales’ Autumn series begins.

In Guinness PRO14 head-to-head records over 28 games played, the Ospreys come out on top with 19 wins to the Dragons 9 and Friday night’s derby is going to be another competitive battle between East and West.

In the PRO14, its been an entertaining campaign so far and bonus points are up across the board with 40 scored after six rounds compared to 29 at this point last season. The average number of tries has risen to 5.5 per game ensuring that supporters across the Guinness PRO14 championship are getting plenty of entertainment.


Having pushed the European Champions, Saracens mighty close on their home ground last weekend, the Ospreys will be using the momentum and energy gained from one of their best performances of the season to secure a Welsh derby victory in front of their home supporters.

Ospreys Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said: “This is another derby match, another big game, something for supporters and players to get excited about again. The Dragons have got a real energy about them this season with some good young players starting to make an impression so they’ll come here full of belief that they can get a result.

“In the last three games we’ve gone toe-to-toe with the PRO14 champions, the French champions and the European champions and shown that we can compete at that level, really making a positive impression and starting to build some momentum.

“The challenge for us all now is to build on the good form we’ve shown over the last three weekends and make sure that our hard work and effort is reflected on the scoreboard on Friday and beyond that in the coming weeks.

“It promises to be a cracking derby match, with two teams full of positive intent and interesting match-ups across the pitch. We have to kick-start our PRO14 campaign. There’s plenty of work to be done to ensure we are where we want to be in the conference table, and that work started as soon as the final whistle went against Saracens.

“The supporters who were there on Saturday did a fantastic job of lifting the boys in some difficult circumstances, everyone pulling together in adversity. We need that collective spirit on and off the field moving forward, with the supporters playing their part.”

The Ospreys team to play the Dragons is as follows: 15 Sam Davies; 14 Keelan Giles; 13 Ashley Beck; 12 Owen Watkin; 11 Dan Evans; 10 Dan Biggar; 9 Tom Habberfield; 1 Nicky Smith; 2 Sam Parry; 3 Dmitri Arhip; 4 Bradley Davies; 5 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt); 6 Olly Cracknell; 7 Sam Cross; 8 James King

Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin; 17 Paul James; 18 Ma’afu Fia; 19 Adam Beard; 20 Rob Mccosker; 21 Brendon Leonard; 22 James Hook; 23 Cory Allen

Sam Cross makes his Guinness PRO14 debut.


Head Coach, Bernard Jackman has made six personnel and two positional changes to the side that secured a bonus point victory over Enisei-STM in the European Challenge Cup last weekend.

Two changes in the back three see wing Jared Rosser move to the left wing as Ashton Hewitt returns to the starting XV; Welsh International Hallam Amos retains his position as fullback. There is a change in the centre partnership as Jack Dixon joins Tyler Morgan who makes his 50th start for the Dragons.

The half-backs see the return of Gavin Henson at fly-half and scrum-half Sarel Pretorius retains his position. Experienced prop Brok Harris returns to the front row to join hooker Elliot Dee and tight-head prop Leon Brown, who yesterday signed a long-term deal with the region, as the second row remains unchanged. Ollie Griffiths will miss the Welsh derby as he recovers from the broken jaw he sustained last weekend, with fellow flanker James Thomas returning and James Benjamin moving from number 8 to make way for Lewis Evans who returns from injury to make his first Dragons appearance of the season.

The bench has three changes made to it as Aaron Wainwright, Angus O’Brien and Pat Howard join Gerard Ellis, Thomas Davies, Lloyd Fairbrother, Rynard Landman and Charlie Davies.

Dragons Head Coach Bernard Jackman commented: “We have that away win under our belt in Europe so now we are looking for the away win in the Guinness PRO14. We know that these derby matches are unbelievably tough as it’s another step up.

“I think that the Ospreys have hit form and we have massive respect for them. I thought that the performance against Saracens was a step up again from what they did the week before. We understand that this match is going to be a huge challenge for us, as they are one of the best squads in Europe so we are going to have to show massive improvement from what we have done in the last few weeks to be competitive, but that’s the challenge.”

Dragons team to face Ospreys: 15 Hallam Amos, 14 Ashton Hewitt, 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Jared Rosser, 10 Gavin Henson, 9 Sarel Pretorius; 1 Brok Harris, 2 Elliot Dee, 3 Leon Brown, 4 Joe Davies, 5 Cory Hill ©, 6 James Thomas, 7 James Benjamin, 8 Lewis Evans.

Replacements; Gerard Ellis, Thomas Davies, Lloyd Fairbrother, Rynard Landman, Aaron Wainwright, Charlie Davies, Angus O’Brien, Pat Howard.