The Ospreys will be looking to build on their impressive win over Cardiff Blues last weekend as they welcome Glasgow Warriors to the Liberty Stadium.
After a dire run of results, both domestically and in Europe, the victory at the Arms Park was welcome but fans will be hoping it’s backed up by another strong performance today.
Both teams are hit by the absence of their international stars but the Welsh region have still named a good side that will be hopeful of getting the job done.
Stay tuned for live updates…
Kick off at 1pm
Ospreys: D. Evans; H. Dirksen, J. Thomas, A. Beck, J. Hassler; S. Davies, T. Habberfield; P. James, S. Parry, D. Arhip, L. Ashley, B. Davies, O. Cracknell, J. King, G. Mercer.
Reps: S. Baldwin, G. Thomas, M. Fia, R. McCusker, W. Jones, R. Morgan-Williams, J. Hook, D. Howells.
Glasgow Warriors: R. Jackson; L. Masaga, N. Grigg, S. Johnson, L. Sarto; A. Hastings, G. Horne; A. Allan, P. MacArthur, D. Rae, K. McDonald, S. Cummings, C. Gibbins (capt), S. Vunisa, M. Smith.
Reps: G. Turner, R. Grant, S. Halnukonuka, H. Burr, L. Wynne, K. Barreto, B. Thomson, L. Jones.
Glasgow are ready to go…
No one is yet running around in circles at the Ospreys shouting ‘don’t panic!’ in the manner of Corporal Jones from Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard, but it is absolutely clear that results have to improve, and quickly.
They went into this weekend bottom of Conference A in the Guinness PRO14 with much to do to finish in the top three and make the playoffs.
Coach Steve Tandy stressed this week: “There are 13 games to go and the new conference structure means that there is absolutely everything to play for with a play-off spot just two wins away from us.
“The key is that we start picking up wins now, before that gap starts to grow, and that is the challenge for us on Sunday.”
No one would argue with that.
The Ospreys are on the road against Munster, the Scarlets and the Dragons in December. They need a win over Glasgow today to give them momentum heading into those fixtures.
Look who’s back after nine months out…
Battle of the ghost teams
It’s a battle of the ghost teams in Swansea with 44 players missing all told.
The Ospreys are without 20 when injuries and Test calls are added up and Glasgow are missing 24.
It is hardly the fault of the clubs themselves.
They are part of a structure that has two blocks of Test matches lumped into the season, causing untold problems for non-international teams.
The people you feel most sorry for are supporters who have forked out money yet have to put up with this nonsense every year.
By any standard, that’s a shocker.
Welcome to our live updates as the Ospreys welcome Glasgow to the Liberty Stadium.
Their victory over the Cardiff Blues brought signs of a potential turnaround in fortunes after a turbulent start to the season but that must be backed up today.
Despite the loss of their internationals, the Welsh region have still managed to name a strong side in what should be a good game.
Stay tuned for live updates.
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