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Ospreys team to play Glasgow

Guinness PRO12 Rugby Editor

24 Feb 2017

Rory Thornton

Ospreys host Glasgow Warriors on Sunday afternoon at the Liberty Stadium. Kick off is at 1:05pm and the game is live on S4C and BBC Alba.

The Ospreys team to play Glasow at Liberty Stadium on Sunday 26th February 2017, KO 1.05pm is as follows:
15 Dan Evans
14 Keelan Giles
13 Ashley Beck
12 Josh Matavesi
11 Hanno Dirksen
10 Luke Price
9 Brendon Leonard (Capt)

1 Paul James
2 Hugh Gustafson
3 Brian Mujati
4 Lloyd Ashley
5 Rory Thornton
6 Tyler Ardron
7 Olly Cracknell
8 Dan Baker

REPLACEMENTS

16 Ifan Phillips
17 Gareth Thomas
18 Rhodri Jones
19 James King
20 Sam Underhill
21 Tom Habberfield
22 Kieron Fonotia
23 Dafydd Howells

Brian Mujati makes his Ospreys debut (Osprey No. 208)
Hugh Gustafson makes his first Ospreys start
Ifan Phillips will make his Guinness PRO12 debut if he comes off the bench
Rory Thornton makes his 50th Ospreys appearance

11 players were unavailable for selection due to international duty with Wales senior and U20 squad

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
Ben John – HIA
Dan Lydiate – Knee
Rob McCusker – Ankle
Scott Otten – Knee
Sam Parry – HIA
James Ratti – Shoulder
Eli Walker – Back
Owen Watkin – Knee

Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:

“It’s another big game, another tough opponent, and another real test for us.

“There was a lot good about our performance last week against Munster but it was let down by a couple of moments where we weren’t accurate enough. Our lack of attention to detail proved costly as it gave Munster ins and a quality team like that can kill you off with the smallest opportunity, which is what they did.

“It was an incredibly disappointed dressing room after the game but we couldn’t dwell on it as we knew that we had to pick ourselves up to go again on Sunday against a side who can, and will, cause us all sorts of problems. They know what it takes to win at the Liberty so will travel with confidence. We’ve got to be at our best.

“We are at the business end of the season now and we know what we’ve got to do. We’ve got three big PRO12 games to come at the Liberty, Glasgow at the weekend and Leinster and Ulster in April, and it’s important that we make home advantage count. It’s a busy time, it’s an exciting time, but we mustn’t get distracted or take our eye off the ball. If we aren’t fully focused and preparing properly then it could get very sticky for us. We can’t leave anything to chance, we are in control of our destiny in this competition and have to get the performances in that will allow us to keep it that way, starting Sunday.”

Forthcoming Fixtures
Fri 3 Mar – 7.35pm – Edinburgh v Ospreys – Myreside – PRO12

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