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Last Updated: Friday, 20 February, 2004, 21:11 GMT
Ospreys 26-14 Dragons
CELTIC LEAGUE
Duncan Jones gets to grips with Andy Marinos
Ospreys (8) 26
Tries: D Tiueti, N Bonner-Evans (2)
Con: G Henson
Pens: Henson (3)
Dragons (11) 14
Try: B Breeze
Pens: P Montgomery (3)
Att: 2,178
The Ospreys continued their Celtic League revival with a comeback Celtic League win over the high-flying Dragons at St Helen's.

The home side trailed 11-8 at the break after Nathan Bonner-Evans and Ben Breeze had each recorded tries.

A forward rumble led to Bonner-Evans' second try early in the second half and Gavin Henson added 11 points to seal the Ospreys' third win in four games.

As Ulster lost in Glasgow, the Dragons missed their chance to top the table.

Early charges by Peter Sidoli and Bobby Skinstad, the latter making his full debut, allowed Percy Montgomery to open the scoring with a second-minute penalty for the Dragons.

Henson levelled soon after with a monster 40m effort into the wind.

The Dragons' pressure mounted, but Montgomery and Craig Warlow both missed drop-goal attempts.

On their first venture to the visitors' 22 the Ospreys got over the line, number eight Bonner-Evans supporting a Steve Tandy break from a line-out.

The score was soon cancelled out by Breeze's try, and just before the break Montgomery's second penalty edged the visitors in front.

Bonner-Evans' second try gave the home team the upper hand, though, reinforced when Henson landed another mammoth kick from 50m.

Montgomery's third kick made it 16-14, but Henson added another penalty before Dave Tiueti went under the posts for his side's third and final try.

  • Wales prop Duncan Jones left the game early with a hand injury and he will undergo a precautionary x-ray.


    Ospreys: Gavin Henson; Stefan Terblanche, Dave Tiueti, Matthew Brayley, Gareth Morris; Shaun Connor, Andy Williams; Duncan Jones, Barry Williams (capt), Andrew Millward, Andrew Newman, Luke Tait, James Bater, Steve Tandy, Nathan Bonner-Evans.
    Replacements: Chris Wells, Tim Evans, Andy Lloyd, Andrew Clatworthy, Lyndon Bateman, Patrick Horgan, Adrian Durston.

    Dragons: Sione Tuipulotu; Nathan Brew, Percy Montgomery, Andy Marinos, Ben Breeze; Craig Warlow, Gareth Baber; Rod Snow, Steve Jones, Rhys Thomas, Peter Sidoli, Neil Edwards, Jamie Ringer, Jason Forster, Bob Skinstad.
    Replacements: Paul Young, Adam Black, Matthew Veater, Shawn Van Rensburg, Rhodri Jones, Lee Jarvis, Steve Winn.

    Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland).




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    SEE ALSO
    Ulster 31-19 Ospreys
    13 Feb 04  |  Irish
    Dragons 15-9 Scarlets
    13 Feb 04  |  Welsh



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