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Ospreys team to play Munster

Guinness PRO12 Rugby Editor

17 Feb 2017

Sam Davies

We have a top of the table clash at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as the Ospreys host current competition leaders Munster at the Liberty Stadium. Kick off is at 5:15pm with the game live on Sky Sports.

The Ospreys team to play Munster at Liberty Stadium on Saturday 18th February 2017, KO 5.15pm is as follows:

OSPREYS

15 Dan Evans
14 Keelan Giles
13 Kieron Fonotia
12 Ashley Beck
11 Hanno Dirksen
10 Sam Davies
9 Tom Habberfield (Capt)

1 Nicky Smith
2 Scott Baldwin
3 Rhodri Jones
4 Lloyd Ashley
5 Rory Thornton
6 Olly Cracknell
7 Sam Underhill
8 James King

REPLACEMENTS

16 Sam Parry
17 Paul James
18 Daniel Suter
19 Tyler Ardron
20 Dan Baker
21 Brendon Leonard
22 Luke Price
23 Ben John

Ten players were unavailable for selection due to international duty with Wales senior, U20 and Sevens

The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:
Dmitri Arhip – Shoulder
Adam Beard – Elbow
Bradley Davies – Knee
Ma’afu Fia – Ankle
Tom Grabham – Knee
Jeff Hassler – Achilles
Rowan Jenkins – Bicep
Dan Lydiate – Knee
Josh Matavesi – Shoulder
Rob McCusker – Ankle
Scott Otten – Knee
James Ratti – Shoulder
Eli Walker – Back
Owen Watkin – Knee

Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:

“This is a big couple of weeks for us now, with home games against Munster and Glasgow over the next two weekends then a trip to Edinburgh before the PRO12 breaks again. If we want to put ourselves in the best possible place to push on for the play-offs in May then we have to perform in these games.
 
“We know how difficult it’s going to be on Saturday. Munster have been on an incredible run and put themselves in the driving seat in the PRO12, while they delivered some really impressive performances and results in the Champions Cup against top teams. They’ll come here full of confidence in their ability to win this game.
 
“It’s going to be physical, it’ll be edgy, and a tense 80 minutes, but we know what we’ve got to do. Last weekend a young group stood up to the challenge in Italy and answered questions about their character and attitude when they went behind. This week it’s an entirely different kind of challenge. We’ve got some boys coming back in, from injury and from the Wales squad, we’ve got to get them back into our way of working, then we have to front up for 80 minutes against a very good team.
 
“This is the kind of game that you get excited about, top of the table, on a Saturday afternoon, and with the way the two teams are playing you’d expect that to be reflected in the stadium with a passionate crowd getting behind the team.
 
“What’s gone on before is irrelevant, out in Cork in November or the winning run both teams have been on. It’s all about what happens at quarter past five on Saturday.”

Forthcoming Fixtures
Sun 26 Feb – 1.05pm – Ospreys v Glasgow – Liberty Stadium – PRO12
Fri 3 Mar – 7.35pm – Edinburgh v Ospreys – Myreside – PRO12

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