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BLAIRS BATTLE BIGGAR BLIZZARD

Ospreys: 33 (22) Edinburgh: 16 (9)



Edinburgh made every effort to fulfil this fixture during a week when Edinburgh airport was closed for lengthy periods, the Forth Road Bridge was closed due to snow for the first time in its history and pretty much no trains have been running in Scotland for the last couple of days.  While making superhuman efforts to do the right thing are all very laudable, the journey south cannot have been a great preparation for facing the Ospreys.

Allain Rolland was not able to make it for this evening's clash at the Liberty in Swansea.  The Embra men were left wishing that the Irish whistler had managed the short hop over the Irish Sea as his local replacement, James Jones, repeatedly penalised them during the opening quarter.  Dan Biggar booted over five - count 'em - three pointers in that time, a sole Paterson penalty being the only visiting riposte.

And it got worse, with a Tupuric touchdown on 24 minutes, goaled by Biggar, leaving the Hairsprays a handy 22-3 in front.  A mountain to climb for visiting Edinburgh, who had already defied the odds by actually making it down to South Wales from their base in Ice Station Zebra-on-Forth.

Two further penalties for David Blair around the half hour gave the visitors some hope, although Mossy's early departure injured was a blow.  The full back was replaced by Lee Jones.  Embra went in to the break 13 points adrift - down but not yet out.

And there was hope for the visitors as Ryan Jones was carded on 52 minutes.  But it was the Ospreys who scored during the power play - a sixth Biggar penalty just before the hour.  The sixth was followed by a seventh, as Alex Grove was carded on 66 minutes.  28-9 Ospreys - game over. 

Fussell took advantage of the extra man to score the Ospreys' second try on 70 minutes, Biggar missing the conversion.

To their credit, the Gunners kept plugging away.  Tim Visser, the league's top hitman, added to his tally with a late try, converted by Blair, before Ian Gough headed to the warmth of the sin-bin in the dying seconds.  But to come away from any away fixture without at least a losing bonus point is desperately disappointing. 

As a result, Edinburgh drop to seventh in the table, five points off the Ospreys, who are now the fourth placed side, sitting in the playoff zone for now.

SCORERS:

Ospreys: Biggar 7P  1C, Tupuric 1T, Fussell 1T 

Edinburgh: Blair 2P 1C, Paterson 1P, Visser 1T