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Today’s rugby news: another world-class Welsh kid scores a hat-trick in England and the Ospreys celebrate

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Here are the rugby morning headlines for Sunday, April 21.

Ospreys ‘bounce’ after ‘incredible performance’

The Ospreys are celebrating after a remarkable win over the Stormers in Cape Town which boosted their hopes of reaching the URC play-offs.

The 27-21 victory at the DHL Stadium will undoubtedly go down as the best of Toby Booth’s time in charge of the Wales region, with his side showing incredible grit to beat John Dobson’s side.

Crucially, it takes them back into the top eight after wins for Ulster and the Lions this weekend, strengthening their position ahead of the final four games.

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And then, of course, some of the Ospreys stars were thrilled about what happened.

“Bounce,” try scorer Harri Deaves said afterwards. “On top of the world. We knew it was a huge challenge.

“They’re not mugs. They’re a high-quality team. We knew we’d done it before this season. We backed ourselves again.

“We talked about faith and the boys dug into it. I can’t support them enough. Everyone gave everything. I am so proud.’

On what makes these kinds of results possible, Deaves added: “I think it’s our off-the-field stuff. We’re a tight-knit group and we’re only going to get stronger.

“Once you have that bond, it just makes you want to play for each other and for the badge even more.”

Man of the match Morgan Morris said: “I don’t really know what to say. All the boys did a shift. All fifteen could have had this. We came here, I don’t think many teams win here, so we to be able to do is an incredible achievement.”

On the defensive effort, the number 8 added: “I think it’s just our mentality to work for each other. Mark Jones has come in and given us a really good defensive boost.

“We want to work very hard for each other, we love to play with each other and in every match we will fight for each other until the end.”

‘World class’ Welsh-qualified wingcrosses for hat-trick

Josh Hathaway netted a second-half hat-trick in Gloucester’s 46-24 defeat to Saracens at the StoneX Stadium.

George Skivington had rested many of his stars after their Challenge Cup victory over the Ospreys last week, with Sarries too good for a Cherry and Whites side that made 11 substitutions.

However, Welsh winger Hathaway, who has played for Wales and England Under-20s, impressed with three tries after the break.

Speaking about the 20-year-old’s hat-trick, Skivington said: “We challenged Josh with a few bits about his game for the day but when you put the ball in his hands he is world class and I think he has scored a goal. few good attempts like that.

“He’s had some good moments and he’s clearly in the deep today. He’s come out and had three really good moments for us.”

Hathaway’s international future will be a topic of conversation for the foreseeable future. Born in Aberystwyth, he was part of the Scarlets academy, but as a student at Hartpury College he moved to Gloucester academy. The 20-year-old back initially represented Wales U20s before crossing the Severn Bridge to play for England U20s.

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Leinster hammered South Africa

The Lions handed Leinster only their third defeat of the season at Emirates Airline Park, winning convincingly with a 44-12 bonus point win.

The URC leaders had won eight in a row in all competitions before conceding six tries after defeat.

The Lions started quickly, scoring three times in the first quarter before getting their bonus point in the second half.

Despite the defeat, Leinster remain top of the URC table, while the Lions improved their own chances of reaching the URC play-offs.

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Bath enjoy ‘best win of the season’

Bath boss Johann van Graan described his side’s 26-14 bonus point win at Exeter as their best win of the season.

Exeter, captained by Wales skipper Dafydd Jenkins, had beaten Bath 21-15 in the Champions Cup at Sandy Park a fortnight ago, but Van Graan’s men avenged that loss with an impressive win, taking a big step in the towards a Premiership match. -of place.

Alfie Barbeary, Max Ojomoh, Miles Reid and Ben Spencer scored Bath’s tries to leave them in second place in the standings and director of rugby Van Graan was delighted with the performance.

He said: “It’s our best win of the season because it was a terrible feeling to be here two weeks ago and come up short in a big game.

“It’s a tough place to get to because Exeter don’t lose here. We haven’t won here since 2016, so we had to perform for the entire 80 minutes.

“After the defeat here last time we made one or two changes in the squad and tactical decisions.

“Second we are in a good position but we have to take everything week by week and give Saracens the respect they deserve ahead of next Friday’s match, but the most important thing is that we are still improving.”