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Ospreys crowned U18 regional champions

Ospreys have been crowned U18 Regional Age Grade champions after beating Scarlets 22-17 at Llandovery.

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With still one game to play in the U18 championship, Ospreys have an insurmountable lead at the top of the points table. Cardiff are their nearest challengers but are 10 points behind so last night’s victory capped a fine season for young men in black.

Flanker Seb Rodriguez-Davies got the opening try of the night after bursting from a maul close to the Scarlets try-line in the 12th minute.

A second try followed five minutes later when Kian Hire put the Ospreys 10-0 ahead when diving over from close range.

Luke Tucker got the Scarlets on the board after the Ospreys had a clearance kick charged down and the loose-head prop was on hand to pick up the crumbs and score.

Winger Ben Evans pounced early in the second half to put the Ospreys 15-5 ahead but the Scarlets quickly replied through Matthew Williams to bring the Scarlets within touching distance.

The Ospreys gained a bonus point try through Alex George before the Scarlets replied through Macs Page but it wasn’t enough as the Ospreys held out to secure the victory, and the title of U18 Regional Age Grade champions.

In the other game played, Dragons completed the season with a deserved 19-15 victory over Cardiff Rugby.

Ryan Jones struck with just minutes remaining at Cardiff Arms Park to ensure the young Dragons finished the season with three successive victories and wrapped up third place.

The home side had started the game brightly and had opened up an early 8-0 lead, courtesy of a try from Tom Weekly and a Harri Wilde penalty.

Dragons hit back with a brilliant individual score from wing Dray Jack-Griffin as he used his pace to beat two men on the outside before rounding the final tackle to dot down.

Cardiff stretched the advantage with hooker Evan Wood collecting an offload and dummying his way into space and over the line.

But a break on the half hour from Jack Woods launched an attack and full back Harri Ford applied a classy finish as he danced past two men to cut the lead to 15-12 at the break.

A tense and evenly contested second half was settled by Jones as he teamed up with Evan Barber to crash over after the forwards had patiently built the phases and pressure.

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