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Summary

  1. Ospreys tries from Aisea Natoga and Dan Lydiate, converted by Dan Biggar
  2. Scarlets score five penalty kicks to Ospreys' one
  3. Scarlets' Emyr Phillips, Rhys Priestland and Harry Robinson went off injured, as did Ospreys' Eli Walker
  4. Ospreys are aiming to win their ninth league home match in a row
  5. Scarlets have not beaten Ospreys in Swansea since 2007

Live Reporting

By Richard Williams and Owen Rawlings

All times stated are UK

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That's it for today

Thanks for reading and listening - especially those of you in far-off sunny places around the world. We hope we gave you a feel of a dark and chilly day in Swansea enlivened by a full-blooded derby.

The Welsh regions are back in action on New Year's Day when the Dragons take on the Blues at Rodney Parade fresh from their win at Cardiff Arms Park on Boxing Day.

That match is live on Scrum V on BBC Two Wales and online from 14:00 GMT on Thursday, 1 January.

Then the Scarlets and Ospreys do it all again at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday, 3 January. You can listen to that live on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru, as well as online with kick-off at 17:05 GMT.

Until then, so long and - as we say in these parts - Blwyddyn Newydd Dda.

Former Wales captain Emyr Lewis

Ex-international Emyr Lewis says: "The weather in the first half was atrocious for playing rugby.

"It wasn't a very good spectacle for the fans. You want to show them an exciting brand of rugby but we didn't have that this afternoon.

"Scarlets demolished Ospreys' scrum and I'm sure the other sides in the league will have seen that and they will target Ospreys there from now on."

Injury concerns

I wonder what impact the injuries will have on next Saturday's match.

Scarlets will be desperate to get Wales hooker Ken Owens back into action after Emyr Phillips picked up a nasty-looking arm injury late in the game today.

Rhys Priestland
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Rhys Priestland leaves the field

And fly-half Rhys Priestland will be another concern.

For the Ospreys another injury to the ever-unlucky Eli Walker will be a major worry. If the wing had as much luck as he has talent then he unquestionable would be a Wales international by now.

Your thoughts

Nerys Owen tweets: "Think we need to find a pair of props before next week's game #ospreys"

Rhydian Thomas writes: "Good game and closer than expected. Appreciate a half-decent referee next time though (I'm available, and am cheap)."

Rebecca Williams says: "The hope of winning had utterly killed me, but we can take them next week #Scarlets"

Andrew Priestley adds: "That was a great derby match! Two very evenly matched teams playing at full throttle, fantastic physicality shown from both sides."

What a nail-biter that was

Wow, that was a real cliff-hanger as the Scarlets turned tradition on its head with a dominant scrum display, but it was not enough to claim a second win at the Liberty Stadium.

Dan Lydiate
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Dan Lydiate on the charge in the second half

Ospreys did not manage a point in the second half, but move back to the top of the Pro 12 - but they have to face the Scarlets away next Saturday. Don't expect it to be any less tense.

Garin Jenkins

Former Wales hooker on BBC Radio Wales

"It was well fought from Scarlets. It was just a typical derby.

"We said it would be a whitewash before the game, but it certainly wasn't that. On to next week."

Full-time: Ospreys 17-15 Scarlets

Clock is red. Ospreys clinch it - only just as Rhys Webb wallops the ball into the crowd.

Ospreys almost there

But the Scarlets mess it up in midfield and Dan Biggar hacks the ball down to the Scarlets 22 where it's taken into touch by a defender. Less than a minute now and it looks like the Ospreys will hang on.

Garin Jenkins

Former Wales hooker on BBC Radio Wales

Asked whether Ospreys deserve to win, Garin Jenkins says: "They've had a couple of decisions go for them at the contact area, but I suppose overall they have worked hard for this."

Scarlets lineout

Scarlets try to play out of their own 22 and the ball goes into touch off an Ospreys foot on half-way. Less than two minutes to go.

Emyr Phillps departs injured

Kirby Myhill takes his place.

It's a nail-biting finish

But they knock the ball on and the Scarlets will get a chance to get out of their own territory. The clock is stopped with less than three-and-a-half minutes remaining

Ospreys fighting back

Maul
Owen Rawlings

Four minutes to go. Ospreys go on a rampaging rolling maul deep into the Scarlets 22.

Messages from abroad

You're a globetrotting lot...

Paul Bowen tweets us: "Keeping up to date with the rugby on the BBC website, with rubbish internet in a dusty hot room on the outskirts of Dubai".

Catrin Lisa is even further away with some noisy birds, though not ospreys: "One positive about these screaming Cockatoos is that I'm up watching the #ospreysVscarlets game from Sydney. Come on the Ospreys!!"

Liam Aubrey: "Reading the live text from the Mosel valley, hoping the ospreys can hold on!!!"

Martin Sloman: "Following the commentary on the web site. More of this kind of intensity week in week out would be great for the Welsh national teams!"

Julie Moseley: "Watching Ospreys/Scarlets from my home in Singapore, 3:00am already, go head the O's."

Ospreys hanging on

But it comes to nothing as Emyr Phillips is isolated and the Ospreys pounce for a turnover by James King.

Scarlets go for it

Great meandering run by Steffan Hughes sets up an attack for the visitors.

Turn up for the book

And a penalty to the Ospreys at the scrummage. Big relief for the home team. But then Dan Biggar misses touch with his penalty clearance.

Scarlets attack

And the new scrum-half's kick leads to a knock on by Aisea Natoga after a great turnover in the Scarlets 22. Fine attacking platform for the visitors now. A penalty would give them the lead.

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Brett has emailed us from Lanzarote: "Keeping fingers crossed for an Ospreys win....it is certainly a close one! Seasons greetings to all in Wales."

I bet it's warmer over there, Brett!

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All change

Aled Davies of Scarlets gets the ball away
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Scarlets' Aled Davies gets the ball away

Rhodri Williams on at scrum-half for Scarlets as Aled Davies gives way.

Big 11 minutes

Just over 11 minutes to go and the crowd of 15,632 is making a good din. It's a tense one.

Scarlets dominant

Scarlets have had 58% of possession since the break. Great comeback after a rough first half.

Penalty for Scarlets (S Shingler) Ospreys 17-15 Scarlets

Steven Shingler nails the kick - just two points in it with 15 minutes to go.

Penalty chance for Scarlets

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Ian has emailed from across Europe: "Season's greetings from me here in Germany. You are real diehards. I'm amazed they're playing at all in that weather."

Mascot
Owen Rawlings

True festive Welsh weather! Even Ospreys' mascot is feeling a little chilly...

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Ospreys chaos

Moldovan Dimitri Arhip kicks the ball on and when it's sent back with interest Rhys Webb gets in Dan Evans' way and the full-back knocks on. Attacking scrum for Scarlets on the Ospreys' 22.

Scarlets on top

Alun Wyn Jones
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Twenty minutes to go and the Scarlets are stopping the Ospreys playing - winning a penalty even after Alun Wyn Jones robs their lineout throw-in.

Nick Webb

BBC Radio Wales commentator

"The Scarlets need to keep as much of the ball in the scrum as possible - that's the one area where they have the upper hand."

Penalty for Scarlets (S Shingler) Ospreys 17-12 Scarlets

Scrummage pummels Ospreys again. Penalty chance for Steven Shingler who chips it over.

Close call

This is not as clear-cut as the Pro 12 table suggests it should be. Scarlets have made an impressive start to the second half and the scrum is a real weapon for them now as they turn over an Ospreys put-in to gain an attacking platform.

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Rebecca Williams tweets: "Referee has absolutely no clue at the scrum. Samson [Lee] is pummelling them #Scarlets

Cerith Evans says: "Rhys Webb and Dan Biggar are on fire #cmonOSPREYS"

Andrew Priestley writes: "Scarlets are a great attacking side, if only they could learn how to defend consistently well. It's the only thing holding them back #ScrumV"

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Scarlet fever

The Scarlets are warming to their task here, with their scrum posing all sorts of problems for the Ospreys.

Williams' class is clear

Liam Williams is showing why some in Wales think he should be starting at full-back for the national team with Leigh Halfpenny moving back to the wing. Super tackle on Natoga resulting in a turnover penalty for the Scarlets.

All quiet on the western derby front

As you'll gather from the TMO discussion here, it's a low key start to the second period.

Mr Bevan's pedigree

Of course Derek Bevan - today's TMO - has a pretty impressive CV. He refereed the 1991 World Cup final between England and Australia.

TMO silence

We've had five minutes of the second half and no TMO discussion yet!

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Gareth John Bale (not the Real Madrid man by the way) has tweeted his summary of the first half: "Kick off. Bit of rugby. TMO. TMO. TMO. Cup of tea. TMO. Kick. TMO. TMO. Bit of rugby. TMO".

That's about right, I'd say.

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Penalty for Ospreys

Biggar is going for goal from the half way line after a Scarlets scrum is penalised.

Biggar
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But he doesn't have the distance as the kick falls well short.

Lydiate is awarded the try

So it wasn't Dimitri Arhip under that pile of bodies - it was Wales international Dan Lydiate marking his debut with a try for the Ospreys.

Dan Lydiate
Owen Rawlings

Don't panic Scarlets fans - it's still only 17-9!

Here they come

The teams are coming back out for the second half. Will Ospreys be back on top of the table tonight or will the Scarlets cause a shock.