Ospreys claimed South Wales bragging rights and their first win of the Anglo-Welsh Cup with a comfortable victory over Cardiff Blues, who spent much of the second half with 14 men.
After an even first half ended 7-7, Anton Peikrishvili received a red card early in the second half and Ospreys took control with tries from Brendon Leonard and Tom O’Flaherty.
Dan Evans secured the bonus point after 76 minutes, before O’Flaherty’s second added some gloss to the scoreline for the visitors.
That is a run and a half from O’Flaherty who collects and races from the halfway to score his second try of the night.
— Ospreys (@ospreys) November 18, 2016
Ospreys got off to the perfect start as hooker Scott Otten scored his first try of the season, profiting from a 5m driving line out after just 69 seconds of action.
Teenage fly-half Jones added the extras to give the Ospreys an early 7-0 lead in Cardiff.
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Dan Fish nearly grabbed an intercept try from Ospreys centre Jonathan Spratt with 14 minutes on the clock but the ball wouldn’t stick to his hands.
The home side did level the scores on 17 minutes, though, after capitalising on a quick tap from scrum-half Rhodri Davies, who touched down for a try on his first Cardiff Blues start.
Ben Jones’ successful conversion moved the scoreboard to 7-7.
With both defences on top throughout much of the first half, a late penalty attempt from Jones to give Ospreys the half-time lead drifted wide, leaving the score 7-7 at the break.
The Blues raced out of the blocks at the start of the second half with James Beal attempting to reach a Dan Fish grubber kick but the ball bounced agonisingly into touch.
Debutant Georgian prop Peikrishvili was then shown a red card for an off the ball incident and Ospreys immediately retook the lead.
Kiwi scrum half Leonard crossed in the right corner and a second successful conversion of the night from Jones gave the visitors a seven-point advantage after 52 minutes.
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And it was another Blues error that led to Ospreys third try as winger O’Flaherty picked up a loose ball from the hosts and ran the length of the field to touch down.
Jones added the extra two to give the Ospreys, with a man advantage, a 21-7 lead after 63 minutes.
The Blues fought back though and turned down an easy three points, instead opting to kick for the corner, but after winning the line out the hosts were penalised and Ospreys cleared.
Evans got the bonus point score for the visitors with four minutes left to play but there was still time for O’Flaherty to get his second of the evening.
The winger raced clear from 70m out to cap off a comfortable victory for the Ospreys, with the missed conversion inconsequential.
— Cardiff Blues (@cardiff_blues) November 18, 2016
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