Match Preview: Ospreys

Match Preview: Ospreys

Get the latest ahead of Saturday evening's United Rugby Championship Round 11 match against Ospreys at Swansea.com Stadium (29 January, kick-off 5.15pm) with this week's Match Preview.

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HOW TO WATCH

The match is live on Premier Sports 1 from 5pm, ahead of a 5.15pm kick-off.

You can can also keep up with minute-by-minute updates via the Galbraith Match Centre.


MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Andrea Piardi (FIR, 19th competition game)

Assistant: Gwyn Morris, Mike English (both WRU)

TMO: Ian Davies (WRU)


TEAM NEWS

The Edinburgh Rugby team to face Ospreys at Swansea.com Stadium for Round 11 of the United Rugby Championship will be named at 12 noon on Friday 28 January via the club's website and social channels.

OVERALL URC RECORD

Played 31, Ospreys won 19, Edinburgh won 11 with 1 match drawn.


STORY OF THE MATCH

United Rugby Championship leaders Edinburgh will head to Wales in pursuit of a seventh URC victory of the season.

The capital club have won their last five URC fixtures since drawing 20-20 with DHL Stormers in October and emerged victorious in all three of their games against Welsh opposition this term.

They have not lost in Wales for almost a year but Ospreys have a solid home record and have been beaten once in the last six meetings with Edinburgh, losing 37-10 in November 2017.

If Edinburgh triumph on Saturday, it would give them a first win in Swansea since April 2009.


RECENT MEETINGS

DateVenueOEOspreys scorersEdinburgh scorers
Fri 19 Feb 16Swansea.com Stadium2713Scott Otten (T) Sam Davies (C/5P) Sam Underhill (T)Greig Tonks (C/2P) Allan Dell (T)
Fri 2 Dec 16Swansea.com Stadium3122Dafydd Howells (T) Sam Davies (4C/P) Keelan Giles (T) Ma'afu Fia (T) Dan Baker (T)Will Helu (T) Duncan Weir (2C/P) Viliame Mata (T) Blair Kinghorn (T)
Fri 3 Mar 17Myreside139Sam Davies (C/2P) Josh Matavesi (T)Duncan Weir (3P)
Sat 4 Nov 17Myreside1037Sam Davies (C/P) Dimitri Arhip (T)Nathan Fowles (T) Jason Tovey (T/4C/3P) Magnus Bradbury (T) Blair Kinghorn (T)
Fri 31 Aug 18Swansea.com Stadium1713Luke Price (P) Sam Davies (2C) George North (2T) Jaco van der Walt(C) Simon Hickey (2P) Blair Kinghorn (T)
Sat 3 Oct 20BT Murrayfield2510Nicky Smith (T) Mat Protheroe (2T) Stephen Myler (2C/2P) Jaco van der Walt (P) Penalty Try (T)

Team Comparison

OspreysEdinburgh
Last 3 URC Results:4 Dec - Ulster (H) W 19-1327 Nov - Dragons (A) W 30-14
1 Jan - Scarlets (A) L 19-223 Dec - Benetton (H) W 24-10
8 Jan - Glasgow (A) L 19-388 Jan - Cardiff Rugby (H) W 34-10
URC 2021/226th - W5 D0 L4 - 22pts1st - W6 D1 L1 - 33pts
URC FormwWlWll (14pts)DWwwWW (26pts)
Top try scorer4 - Rhys Webb4 - Darcy Graham, Ben Vellacott
Top points scorer51 - Stephen Myler37 - Blair Kinghorn


KEY STATS AND RECORDS

Ospreys began their United Rugby Championship campaign with five wins in their first seven matches but have now slipped to successive defeats, on the road at Scarlets and at Glasgow.

Ospreys only defeat at Swansea.com Stadium in the United Rugby Championship this season was 13-27 to Sharks on 8 October.

Top of the table Edinburgh have won their last five United Rugby Championship matches since drawing 20-all with Stormers at DAM Health Stadium on 9 October.

Edinburgh have won all three matches they have played against Welsh regions this season whilst their most recent defeat in Wales was against Dragons at Principality Stadium in March 2021.

Ospreys have lost just one of their last six fixtures against Edinburgh, 10-37 at Myreside in November 2017.

Edinburgh have not been victorious in Swansea since a 32-30 victory in April 2009.

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