Ospreys: Matthew Morgan's stunning solo effort hailed
THE Ospreys acclaimed Matthew Morgan after the fly-half scored one of the finest solo tries seen at the Liberty Stadium.
The diminutive fly-half beat an Edinburgh defender with a trademark step and then took off like a rocket, zooming 80 metres upfield, with would-be tackling trailing in his slipstream, before diving in at the flag.
The score brought the crowd of 8,356 to their feet, crowning a dominant six-try show from the former champions.
It evoked comparisons with some of the tries former Wales fly-half Jonathan Davies scored as a player, burning off defenders with his pace.
Ospreys assistant coach Gruff Rees said: "It was classic Matthew Morgan.
"I was pleased Ashley Beck was looking for the shift in possession from deep, showing he wants to play from that area.
"It gave Matthew the opportunity to have a look, drop his shoulder and exploit that one on one.
"We knew that good is in Matthew's game.
"Also, we were pleased with him in the final quarter when we kept a tactical hold of the game, even though the game had fragmented in the last 20 minutes with the amount of subs that had been sent on. We didn't over-play."
The Ospreys plan to further assess the injury sustained by Tom Smith.
The flanker suffered a suspected knee dislocation in the first half and is almost certain to require a lay-off.
"We've seen the doctor and he says it could go one of two ways," said Rees.
"It's potentially a blown-out knee, or you could get lucky and it could work its way back in after being displaced.
"But you're still talking a few weeks out, even with the best-case scenario. The worst case is if it's back to a long period of rehab for Tom, which is a shame because he had a year of that last term.
"He's been fantastic as a leader in the group over the summer.
"You talk about the Lions, but he's a player who seizes hold of the group. His performances over the first three games have been rock-solid in a good back five for us.
"Potentially his knee is dislocated. It's moved off centre. He's gone to hospital to see if they could put it back in."
Rees was largely content with his side's demolition job on Edinburgh.
"We have to be pleased," said Rees.
"Last season there were games that slipped away in terms of pushing our advantage home, but we were quite clinical against Edinburgh in the way we turned pressure into points and put the game to bed fairly early.
"There was some untidiness in the first half, when we had a high turnover rate. There were also a few poor moments in defence.
"But we kept going and, overall, it was a good evening."
Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons said: "The Ospreys are the best side we've faced this season. You can't make so many errors against a side like that."