Match Preview: Ospreys up first

Match Preview: Ospreys up first

Get the inside line on Saturday's 2020-21 opener against Ospreys at BT Murrayfield with this week's match preview.

HOW TO WATCH

The match is live on Premier Sports 1 (kick-off 7.35pm) and BBC Radio Scotland. You can also follow all the action via our live match centre.


MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU, 66th competition game)

Assistant Referees: Ben Blain, Keith Allen (both SRU)

TMO: Andy McMenemy (SRU)


OVERALL PRO14 RECORD

Played 30, Edinburgh won 11, Ospreys won 18 with 1 game drawn.

STORY OF THE MATCH

Edinburgh will look to build on a hugely positive 2019-20 campaign under Richard Cockerill which saw the capital side finish at the summit of Conference B.

And while defeat to Ulster in the Semi-Finals took the gloss off an otherwise strong season, the future looks bright for the club as we welcome Ospreys in the final game of Round 1.

The Welsh region only won twice in the Guinness PRO14 last term but with the likes of Alun Wyn Jones and Justin Tipuric in their ranks, Toby Booth will be keen to get off to a quick start.


LAST TIME OUT

The two sides haven't met in the PRO14 since the opening game of 2018-19 - which saw the Welsh side claim a 17-13 win at the Liberty Stadium - however Edinburgh hosted Ospreys in last season's pre-season, with the full highlights below:

RECENT MEETINGS

Date

Venue

E

O

Edinburgh Rugby scorers

Ospreys scorers

Fri 2 Oct 15

BT Murrayfield

20

9

Phil Burleigh(T) Jack Cuthbert(C) Greig Tonks(C/2P) John Andress(T)

Sam Davies(3P)

Fri 19 Feb 16

Liberty Stadium

13

27

Greig Tonks(C/2P) Allan Dell(T)

Scott Otten(T) Sam Davies(C/5P) Sam Underhill(T)

Fri 2 Dec 16

Liberty Stadium

22

31

Will Helu(T) Duncan Weir(2C/P) Viliame Mata(T) Blair Kinghorn(T)

Dafydd Howells(T) Sam Davies(4C/P) Keelan Giles(T) Ma'afu Fia(T) Dan Baker(T)

Fri 3 Mar 17

Myreside

9

13

Duncan Weir(3P)

Sam Davies(C/2P) Josh Matavesi(T)

Sat 4 Nov 17

Myreside

37

10

Nathan Fowles(T) Jason Tovey(T/4C/3P) Magnus Bradbury(T) Blair Kinghorn(T)

Sam Davies(C/P) Dimitri Arhip(T)

Fri 31 Aug 18

Liberty Stadium

13

17

Jaco van der Walt(C) Simon Hickey(2P) Blair Kinghorn(T)

Luke Price(P) Sam Davies(2C) George North(2T)


KEY STATS


Edinburgh have lost their last three matches in all competitions but have not lost four in succession since April 2017.

The capital side have been defeated in their last two matches at BT Murrayfield, their worst sequence at the venue since April 2017.

Edinburgh have won their last six matches against Welsh regions since Cardiff Blues beat them at BT Murrayfield in February 2019.

Ospreys only win in any competition since October 2019 was 26-24 at home to Ulster in the Guinness PRO14 on 15 February.

Ospreys most recent away win in the Championship was at ‘Judgement Day’ 2019 beating Cardiff Blues 26-23.

Ospreys have lost only one of their last five fixtures against Edinburgh: 10-37 at Myreside in November 2017.

The Welsh club have been victorious just once at BT Murrayfield in their last seven visits and that by a single point in February 2012.

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