The team came within minutes of registering their third victory of the season last week at the Nelson Mandela University, but a late penalty goal by die Dragons forced them to settle for a draw – a result they will want to make amends for this week. The draw, however, ensured that they remain unbeaten in their last two home games.

The men from the Eastern Cape will face a stern challenge against Ospreys, who still have a mathematical chance of advancing to the playoff stages if they win both their remaining games with bonus points, and a number of other results go in their favour

The Isuzu Southern Kings’ desire to remain off the foot of the Conference B log table will also be in the back of their minds, as the Dragons will enter the second-last pool round only one point behind.

Deon Davids’ team have scored six more tries than Ospreys this season, but the visitors’ defence has been more effective, meaning the hosts will have to deliver an effective display all around to emerge victorious.

The teams have only met once before the in the competition, last year in Swansea, and the result was a 26-12 win in Ospreys’ favour.

Match Information:

Date: Friday, 12 April

SA time: 19h35

Venue: Madibaz Stadium, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth

Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)

Assistant referees: Frank Murphy (IRFU), Ruhan Meiring (SARU)

TMO: Sean Veldsman (SARU)