Dominant Ospreys hand out six of the best
RICHARD Hibbard and Eli Walker claimed try doubles as the Ospreys overwhelmed Edinburgh and moved up to second in the Pro12 table.
It was a dominant show from the former champions, who were too strong up front and had too many weapons behind.
Jeff Hassler and Matthew Morgan also chipped in with touchdowns, making it six all told for the Welsh region, with Dan Biggar supplying 12 points and Morgan converting his own try, which was an extraordinary solo effort.
It saw the little fly-half gather in his own half, beat a defender with a step and then take off like a rocket, zooming 80 metres upfield before diving full stretch to claim the score at the flag.
Edinburgh's try came from Tim Visser and Harry Leonard supplied five points, but they were outgunned up front, unable to match a home pack in which returning Lions Alun Wyn Jones, Adam Jones, Hibbard and Ian Evans stood tall.
Hibbard was named man of the match for his effort.
HIs scores came in a nine-minute spell in the second half, with the hooker proving unstoppable from short range. The second of the two touchdowns was a superb effort, involving a line-out take from Evans and strong work at the back of a maul from Jones before Tito Tebaldi put Hibbard across.
Walker's claimed a touchdown in each half, finishing off good work from Richard Fussell for the first and later on profiting from a kick through from the full-back to outpace Nikki Walker for the loose ball.
No-one could accuse the visitors of lacking fight during a second half that saw one mass flare-up after an illegal tackle from Justin Tipuric.
Players on both sides joined in, with Alun Wyn Jones and Tebaldi marching Greig Tonks off the pitch and Georgian Dimitri Basilaia making his presence felt.
When the dust settled, referee Marius Mitrea sent Tipuric to the bin for his challenge on Sean Kennedy.
The Ospreys had led 18-3 at the break after packing too much power for Edinburgh during the opening 40 minutes.
The first try arrived within three minutes.
It had its roots in good work up front that saw Alun Wyn Jones claim a line-out and Sam Lewis feature at the heart of a driving maul that made 15 metres.
With the Edinburgh defence in disarray, Tebaldi was able to put Jeff Hassler over for a try on his first full appearance for the Ospreys.
The Scots tried to rattle the home side, with hooker Aleki Lutui unleasing a number of thumping tackles, including one that stopped Evans dead in his tracks.
But with flankers Tom Smith and Lewis scything down white-shirted ball-carriers, and Alun Wyn Jones and Evans providing a powerful lead at the heart of the home pack, the Ospreys held sway without too many problems.
And after the break it was largely one-way traffic in front of a crowd 8,356.
The one low note was a leg injury that forced Smith off in the first half.