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Ospreys 33-16 Edinburgh

Ospreys (22) 33
Tries: Tipuric, Fussell Con: Biggar Pens: Biggar (6) DG: Biggar
Edinburgh (9) 16
Tries: Visser Con: David Blair Pens: Paterson, David Blair (2)

Justin Tipuric lights up the Liberty Stadium with a superb first-half try
Justin Tipuric lights up the Liberty Stadium with a superb first-half try

A stunning first-half try from young flanker Justin Tipuric proved the highlight of the Ospreys' league win over a disappointing Edinburgh side.

Dan Biggar was gifted five early penalties, before Duncan Jones freed Tipuric for a regathered chip over the defence and side-step past the cover.

Biggar's boot brought in 23 points to keep his side well in front and Richard Fussell crossed 10 minutes from time.

Tim Visser's well-worked late try will prove slim consolation for Edinburgh.

With just one away victory in the Magners League this season - at Aironi in October - the Scots will be big underdogs going into next Saturday's Heineken Cup clash in Castres.

The Ospreys face an even more daunting European task in Munster next Sunday, but they enter the match on the back of a four-match winning run.

The Welsh region were ruthless in the opening exchanges, with man-of-the-match Richard Hibbard to the fore.

Profligate Edinburgh gifted Biggar four successful kicks against Chris Paterson's one, before the impressive Fussell provided the first excitement of the night, a thrilling run from deep in his own half warming the Liberty Stadium crowd.

But it was Tipuric who lit the fires in Swansea after receiving a delightful Jones flip pass on the wing 35m out.

The 21-year-old flanker - tipped by the Ospreys as a potential Wales option for the World Cup - chipped over the defence before regathering the ball and side-stepping the cover for a superb try that was converted by Biggar.

Fly-half David Blair reduced the deficit with two penalties on his 50th Edinburgh appearance, before the visitors' other kicking option, Paterson, limped off injured.

Biggar had the chance to extend the 22-9 half-time lead with a 49th-minute penalty, but the fly-half pushed the simple kick wide.

[These] are great results to build into Europe

Man-of-the-match Richard Hibbard

The Ospreys then lost Ryan Jones to the sin bin following his high shoulder tackle on Mike Blair, although they compensated by bringing big-guns Mike Phillips, James Hook and Adam Jones off the replacements' bench.

Biggar blew a great counter-attacking chance from inside his own 22, choosing to put boot to ball when he had an overlap outside after an Edinburgh knock-on.

But the Wales fly-half eased his 14-man team further ahead with his sixth penalty of the match, then added a 45m drop goal to his points tally.

After repeated Edinburgh infringements at the breakdown, referee James Jones finally sent Alex Grove to the sin bin.

The Ospreys now began to run kickable penalties, and were nearly rewarded when replacement Jonathan Thomas was held up over the try line.

The home side won another penalty from the resultant scrum, Phillips passing to Barry Davies whose instant flick pass sent Fussell in wide on the left.

But it was a disappointing end for the home side as Jim Thompson's sublime behind-the-back pass sent fellow wing Visser under the posts for a converted try, before Ian Gough was sin-binned for an off-the-ball incident.

That will not dampen the mood of the buoyant Ospreys, though, as they celebrated just their second win in their last seven meetings with Edinburgh.

Ospreys man-of-the-match Richard Hibbard:
"It was an excellent result on the back of two other strong Magners League wins when the Wales squad was away.

"They are great results to build into Europe. In patches we were awesome, especially in the first 20 minutes when we kept building and taking points.

"I'm just happy to get some game time. It's been pure conditioning for the last five weeks, but it seems to have paid off."

Ospreys: B. Davies, N. Walker, Bishop, Beck, Fussell, Biggar, Nutbrown, D. Jones, Hibbard, Mitchell, A. Jones, Evans, Tipuric, Holah, R. Jones.
Replacements: Hook for Beck (54), M. Phillips for Nutbrown (53), James for D. Jones (62), M. Davies for Hibbard (76), A. Jones for Mitchell (62), Gough for Evans (68), Thomas for R. Jones (65). Not Used: Bowe.

Edinburgh: Paterson, Thompson, Grove, Bishop, Visser, D. Blair, M. Blair, Traynor, Kelly, G. Cross, Lozada, MacKenzie, Talei, Rennie, Grant.
Replacements: L. Jones for Paterson (38), Houston for Bishop (70), Laidlaw for M. Blair (60), Young for G. Cross (76), S. Turnbull for Lozada (67), MacDonald for Talei (60). Not Used: Ford, Jacobsen.

Att: 5,158

Referee: James Jones (WRU)

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