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Monday, September 23, 2013

Matthew Morgan scores 90m solo effort for Ospreys against Edinburgh

Young Matthew Morgan scored an outstanding try for Ospreys as they maintained their RaboDirect Pro12 unbeaten record by beating Edinburgh 44-10 at the Liberty Stadium. His step, acceleration then all out gas added to the spectacle for the home crowd.

Morgan, still just 21-years-old, came on as a replacement and didn't take long to make his mark, breaking from deep by getting the better of a one-on-one with a trademark jink.

"It was classic Matthew Morgan," said Ospreys assistant coach Gruff Rees.

"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."

Nikki Walker came close to making a great try-saving tackle, but the TMO ruled that Morgan grounded the ball on or over the line, so the try stood, and Morgan went on to slot the conversion.

Posted at 7:54 pm | 26 comments

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No9scrum September 23, 2013 9:05 pm

what the hell was Tonks doing?

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joeythelemur September 23, 2013 9:21 pm

Impressive. And nearly as impressed with Walker closing the gap at the end, really moves for a big guy.

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redwan_ September 23, 2013 9:29 pm

Holy crap he's fast. And at 21.. oaft. One to watch maybe? And I agree with No9scrum, above, Tonks was useless. May as well stood aside.

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welshhero September 23, 2013 9:56 pm

He has a pretty good long range kicker also, needs to work on his defence and he could be a international.

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ruckinmaul September 24, 2013 8:54 am

I hope he can solve the flyhalf problem Wales currently has. Dan Biggar and Rhys Priestland aren't that good enough fir international rugby. Alongside him and Sam Davies I reckon, Wales might have the flyhalf they are looking for.

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Welsh boyo September 24, 2013 10:27 am

@ruckinmaul are you insane??? Priestland could be plenty good enough, as can dan biggar. Back on track with the above try in question. Looked like he lost control of the ball at the end in my opinion, and having great speed does certainly not make you a good rugby player.

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Canadian content September 24, 2013 12:53 pm

No but a great step, awareness (diving b4 the line upon sensing the tackle was coming) ball handling (keeping the ball in two hands to create the one v one, switching hands upon the tackler approaching) and open field running does.

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Swing September 24, 2013 2:07 pm

At 21 this is the kind of lad who should have been starting regularly for the Ospreys for the past two seasons and have a dozen plus caps. Every time I see him play he's electric - and no, I'm not an Os supporter. Yes he's small but so what? Look at 1/2p!
Don't want to take anything away from the current Welsh 10s but I'd rather see a lad with talent like this in that shirt than a generic percentage playing clone. Guess the way Hook's been treated will give an indication to how Morgan's career will go :(

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rugby08 September 26, 2013 6:29 am

A dozen Welsh caps?

NO. Don't make me laugh

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finedisregard September 24, 2013 2:19 pm

Totally awesome. This guy plays #10?

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MunsterFan September 24, 2013 5:55 pm

And people worry about a player drain hah...

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clarky September 24, 2013 6:05 pm

Swing, you have to be joking? I'm a season ticket holder at the Ospreys, and nipper isn't even a pro12 standard putside half yet. Yes every now and again he can do what he did on Saturday, but that can't cover the big flaws in his game. Poor controller of matches, reguarly overlooks support, poor distribution, often turned over. Decent player with potential, but to suggest he should have been starting the last two years, and have been playing international rugby, is ridiculous.

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Swing September 24, 2013 8:06 pm

Whilst sporting rivalry dictates that I point out that being a season ticket holder at the Os hardly gives you the credentials to talk rugby ;) I'll admit I don't watch them regularly but what I've seen I've been impressed with. If this lad had been developing his rugby at a competitive level rather than benchwarming, occasional cameo or obligatory loan to Cwmflipflop once a month to show how the regions 'work' imagine where he'd be now.

On a more serious note though are you really an Os supporter? The ones I know rave about him rather than produce a list of his flaws. Pretty sure supporters are generally supportive of their players rather than slating them.

Great player. Great talent. Should've seen more. Hopefully will. Wish he was ours!

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Remember September 24, 2013 9:36 pm

Ha! He's not one of us. Love to see Morgan play!

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rugby08 September 26, 2013 6:31 am

Swing stop talking out of your arse.

Yes Ospreys supporters do rave about the good things he does but they are also highly critical of his many flaws.

Clarky is being completely reasonable with his comments while you are just a plain and simple fan boy.

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Swing September 26, 2013 7:42 am

Language!

Rugby08 are you a troll? Just read your comments on other posts and they're all very aggressive. There's having a debate and bringing something to the table and there's, well, what you do,

If you think it's reasonable to list one of your own players flaws then fair enough. Glad you're at the Os

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rugby08 September 26, 2013 12:35 pm

I think it's more than reasonable to list a players flaws, in fact i think it's irresponsible no to and just gloss over them which you and Swing are doing.

The thing is that his flaws are major reasons why he isn't a international player at the moment and probably won't be for a long time if ever.

Keep living in your dreamland bud of the old 70's style flyhalf

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clarky September 24, 2013 9:46 pm

There are many that see through the hype. People in Wales want to see a number 10 sidestep a couple of players so they can be reminded of the 70s, whilst overlooking their other glaring flaws. He's had plenty of game time at the Ospreys, 22 games last season, and 23 the year before. Can't find the stat for the minutes he's played, but a lot of the games he played last year he had very decent time on the pitch. I'm very sorry ifactually being able to look at a player objectively somehow makes me less of a supporter. II'll try to be more blinded by hype in the future.

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Remember September 24, 2013 10:18 pm

Objectively? He's scored more points per game than Biggar from the bench. Think you need to return your season ticket!

Mind you that Bennett lad couldn't tackle for sh*t so god knows why they keep harping on about him so maybe you've got a point

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clarky September 25, 2013 7:56 am

You trying to imply that he was a better player than Biggar next season? Back to the 70s in your second sentence. Reinforces my point perfectly. The game has moved on. A flayhalf needs more than a ssidestep and some "flair".

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Remember September 25, 2013 8:38 am

Assuming you haven't got a crystal ball and can't see into the future I'm just being 'objective' and pointing out that Morgan scores more points per game than Biggar in significantly less game time. The maths speaks for itself. I'm a fan of both but know which one I'd rather see play but that's my opinion. Regardless, I wouldn't come on here and slag either of them off.

As for my comment on the "flair" of the "ssidestep" king of the "flayhalves", it was sarcasm mate. If you can't get excited about players with flair you're probably watching rugby for the wrong reason.

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Sangris September 25, 2013 10:56 am

Suis-je le seul à considérer que ce joueur aplatit le ballon avant la ligne blanche, puis qu'il échappe le ballon ? Le ballon n'est pas aplati derrière la ligne ; il n'y a pas essai.

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The misses September 25, 2013 12:17 pm

Trop proche pour appeler. Je lui donne le bénéfice du doute après une course comme ça quand même!

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The Misses September 26, 2013 5:34 pm

Ignoring rugby08's utter drivel - irresponsible not to list players flaws? I hope you don't go into coaching - I think Swing and Clarky have both got a point.
Matthew Morgan is undoubtedly an extremely talented player who doesn't have the physical attributes of your Biggars or Patchells. He does have, arguably, more 'natural' rugby flair than them - and his record does show he's got a better strike rate than Biggar - and has that X-Factor that sets him apart from others, but he does have flaws in his game - let's call them areas to develop Clarky.
Unfortunately the regional setup doesn't allow for player development. There are only 4 regular competitive places each week in each position. The only way your MMs are going to progress and therefore develop are to play competitive rugby week in, week out. If he did I'd be confident he'd tick off Clarky's list of areas to develop.
In an ideal world he'd be playing regularly for Swansea, Neath or Bridgend but they, understandably, want to keep the same set of core players for a season and are reluctant to make changes. So instead players like MM sit on the bench for the Os or sit in the stands watching. Contrary to popular belief I think Wales does have strength in depth in lots of positions, but we don't have enough experienced players. The 'tour that shall never be mentioned' is an indication of that. Talented players but totally out of their depth.
If he had played regularly for the Os for the past two seasons, I'm sure he would've eliminated any flaws in his game - Biggar did - and I see no reason why he wouldn't have been involved with Wales in some way. Can you imagine him coming off the bench and running at tired defenders?

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