Ospreys 40-17 Dragons: Justin Tipuric scores two tries in bonus-point win
JUSTIN Tipuric crossed for two tries as the Ospreys halted their three-game losing streak with a bonus-point success against the Dragons in the Pro12.
The former champions cruised back into form with a comprehensive beating of their regional rivals.
It made for a sobering return to the Liberty for the Ospreys' former head coach Lyn Jones, who is these days in charge of the Dragons.
He saw his side over-powered after the break after the hosts turned around with just a six-point advantage.
To complete an unhappy night for the Gwent side, Toby Faletau suffered a worrying neck injury. The Wales forward left the field on a stretcher and was taken to Morriston Hospital for assessment.
The Ospreys were superior in most areas, dominating the forward battle and showing more spark behind, with the Dragons not helping themselves by slipping off tackles.
As well as Tipuric's brace, Scott Baldwin also touched down and there was a penalty try, with Dan Biggar kicking 17 points and Matthew Morgan chipping in with a drop-goal.
For the Dragons, Tom Prydie and Francisco Chaparro crossed and Kris Burton added two conversions and a penalty.
Tipuric was superb,operating for much of the time as if blessed with a sixth sense as he popped up all over the field: wherever the ball was, he was. The Dragons had no answer to him.
He didn't stop working and topped his display with a try in each half, each of them out of the top drawer.
The first came after an electric break out of defence by Morgan that saw him beat four players before offloading to the ever-present Ospreys' openside.
If that was something to applaud, there was even better to follow as Tom Habberfield fed Tipuric from a line-out and the Trebanos product chipped over the defence before gathering and crossing for a superb solo score.
The Dragons had led 7-0 after Prydie struck early on but they continually allowed the Ospreys' to cross the gain-line and struggled to offer a serious challenge up front.
Faletau was injured in the 52nd minute while attempting to tackle Eli Walker.
As he was stretchered off, the crowd gave him a standing ovation.
Biggar went well at full-back, showing courage under the high-ball and returning a number of kicks with interest.