Ospreys prop Ryan Bevington ready to face old mate Tom Prydie at the Liberty

ONE of the coaches of Porthcawl’s Youth XV is going to find himself with a red face at the team’s next training session.

Ryan Bevington helps to guide the forwards at the seaside club, while Tom Prydie takes the backs, and the pair are in opposition at the Liberty this evening when the Ospreys face the Dragons.

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    Ospreys prop Ryan Bevington

Understandably, there has been verbal cross-fire. “He’s told me he’s going to run around me; I’ve let him know I’m going to nail him with a big tackle,” said Ospreys loose-head Bevington.

“It’s a bit of banter, because we get on great. We both went to Porthcawl Comprehensive School. He’s a few years younger than I am, but we’ve grown up knowing each other and all his mates are my mates.

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“I do a bit of coaching with Porthcawl on a Thursday and help the youth as well, taking the forwards while he coaches the youth backs.

“Banter aside, he’s a good player. He’s been a bit unfortunate with injuries but he is quick and he’s been playing regularly at the Dragons. It’ll be good to catch up after the game.”

Bevington is looking to build on his best display of the season.

He had made a slow-burn start to the campaign, but against Northampton last week he forced four penalties out of the Saints’s tight-heads and put in nine tackles, showing a relish for knocking back opposition ball-carriers.

His reward came when he was included in Wales’s squad for the autumn series, but he isn’t focusing on anything but his region this evening.

“We need to win this game,” he said.

“Three losses in a row isn’t great and everyone is determined to start winning again.

“It’s not about individuals.

“I thought there were elements of my game that were decent last weekend, but it’s about the team and we’re massively disappointed to have lost.

“I’ve been slow getting into the season, with the new scrum laws a headache for all of us.

“But we are getting there and we’ll look to continue that against the Dragons.

“We may have lost in Northampton but Alun Wyn Jones, our captain, told us to pick our heads up.

“Al was proud of the effort and said he’d give everything for all of us. When you hear that of course you want to give everything yourself. We’ve still got the Pro12 and a lot of our European campaign left, so there’s plenty in the season for us yet.”

The Ospreys have set themselves the mission of confounding those who have written them off in the Heineken Cup, with skipper Jones embodying the defiance.

Forwards coach Chris Gibbes said: “I know people are saying that no-one has qualified from the position we are in, but that’s the challenge Alun Wyn has put to the group, and we’ll see how it goes.

“If others want to write us off, so be it. When you get results like we’ve had in Europe, people will start chucking mud at you. But the key thing for us is that we don’t care what people say about us. What’s important is that we get back on the horse and start producing the goods, for ourselves as a team but also for our supporters and the people who have backed us.

“We’re a good rugby team; we just haven’t played well over two games in some areas and it’s cost us. The Dragons game is an opportunity for us to rectify parts of our game.”

No-one likes us, we don’t care: as a means of spurring a reaction, such a slogan takes some beating. The Dragons, be warned.

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