Mor­gan is class above as Ze­bre hit for six

The Rugby Paper - - Pro14 - By ST­EF­FAN THOMAS

LUKE Mor­gan lit up the Lib­erty Sta­dium with a scin­til­lat­ing hat-trick as the Ospreys thrashed Ze­bre on Fri­day night.

Mor­gan’s triple, plus a penalty try and scores from Scott Ot­ten and Olly Crack­nell, en­sured Allen Clarke’s side se­cured a bonus point vic­tory over the strug­gling Ital­ians.

Sam Davies and James Hook also kicked 11 points be­tween them.

Clarke waxed lyri­cal about the per­for­mance of the re­cently capped Wales wing. “He got plenty of touches on the ball and got his re­wards,” purred for­mer Ire­land hooker Clarke.

“His first try was a fan­tas­tic fin­ish. Not many wingers in Europe would have scored a try like that.

“He’s come back from Wales full of en­ergy, ex­cite­ment and is de­lighted to have his first cap. I think we saw that pos­i­tiv­ity in his per­for­mance.”

Af­ter a scrappy open­ing quar­ter Ospreys’ scrum forced Ze­bre back­wards at a rate of knots to earn a penalty try.

Mor­gan then showed his preda­tory in­stincts with a ter­rific fin­ish at the far left-hand cor­ner for their sec­ond try af­ter a ter­rific pass from Scott Wil­liams.

Davies ex­tended the Ospreys’ lead with a penalty from in front but things went from bad to worse for the Ital­ians as Mas­simo Ce­cil­iani was sent to the sin bin for play­ing Aled Davies with­out the ball at the break­down.

Ospreys had three tries dis­al­lowed in quick suc­ces­sion as they looked to put the game to bed. Alun Wyn Jones was held up over the line be­fore Mor­gan had a touch­down ruled out with his foot brush­ing the touch­line.

The TMO saved Ze­bre for a third time, judg­ing Jones’ pass for­ward to deny Aled Davies a score.

Mor­gan fi­nally breached the re­silient de­fence with an­other fine fin­ish.

The Wales wing rounded off a ter­rific dis­play with a hat-trick as he gath­ered an am­bi­tious cross kick from Davies to run in un­op­posed from the half-way line.

Clarke’s side turned the screw on their visi­tors with re­place­ment hooker Ot­ten scor­ing off the back of a pow­er­ful driv­ing li­ne­out.

Tom­maso Boni was sent to the bin in in­jury time for tack­ling a player with­out the ball al­low­ing the Ospreys to rub salt into the wounds with a sixth try from Crack­nell.

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