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Ospreys glide into Magners final

14th May 2010 21:09

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James Hook: Scored the Ospreys' second try

The Ospreys booked their place in the Magners League Grand Final on Friday with a hard-fought 20-5 win over Glasgow at the Liberty Stadium.

Shane Williams and James Hook each scored a try for the hosts as the Welsh side led from start to finish.

But a crowd of only 7,079 watched the Ospreys reach the showpiece on May 29, where they will play the winners of the other semi-final between Munster and Leinster on Saturday.

Glasgow have never won on Ospreys turf and they were not helped that Dan Parks missed eight points' worth of kicks, failing with two penalties and missing the conversion for Fergus Thomson's second-half try.

Due to traffic problems, which delayed the Glasgow coach and four of the Ospreys players, the kick-off was delayed by 10 minutes.

The Warriors were without Scotland captain Chris Cusiter against an unchanged Ospreys. Mark McMillan took over at scrum-half after Cusiter was injured in last week's win over Scarlets.

The Ospreys went into the game weighed down by a £100,000 fine and a four-point deduction for next season for breaching Magners rules for not fulfilling their March 19 fixture in Ulster.

But they put that behind them as they took a narrow 7-0 lead into half-time.

Alun Wyn Jones, who was making his 100 appearance for the Ospreys, stole an early lineout as the home side pressed Glasgow's 22. But solid Scots' defence forced Dan Biggar into a drop-goal attempt which he pushed wide.

But on 10 minutes the Ospreys had their first try. Glasgow knocked on in contact on the halfway line, Shane Williams picked up, evaded a tackle and ran in unopposed for only his third regional try of the season. But there was a suspicion Williams had a foot in touch as he ran clear.

The Ospreys had the better of the referee's decisions but what penalties Glasgow had Parks missed with long range efforts on 14 and 34 minutes.

The only other try scoring chance of the half came in injury time when Andrew Bishop charged down a Parks kick, but the Ospreys centre knocked on just five metres short as he tried to gather the ball.

The second half began in dramatic fashion with Glasgow scoring a try in only the second minute. Hooker Bernard Thomson went over in the left corner after scrum-half Mark McMillan had picked up a loose palm down at a line-out from Ryan Jones.

But in the space of three minutes the Ospreys were back in control of the contest leading 17-5. A Biggar penalty was followed by a fine try from James Hook, who made a fine break down the left and then chipped over the cover defence to regather and go over.

After that the Ospreys took full control of the game and put some gloss on the scoreline with an injury time penalty for Biggar.

The scorers

For Ospreys:
Tries:
Williams, Hook
Cons: Biggar 2
Pens: Biggar 2

For Glasgow:
Try:
Thomson

Ospreys: 15 Lee Byrne, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Andrew Bishop, 12 James Hook, 11 Shane Williams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Ryan Jones (capt), 7 Marty Holah, 6 Jerry Collins, 5 Jonathan Thomas, 4 Alun-Wyn Jones, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Huw Bennett, 1 Paul James.
Replacements: 16 Ed Shervington, 17 Ryan Bevington, 18 Ian Gough, 19 Filo Tiatia, 20 Jamie Nutbrown, 21 Gareth Owen, 22 Nikki Walker.

Glasgow: 15 Bernardo Stortoni, 14 Rob Dewey, 13 Max Evans, 12 Graeme Morrison, 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Dan Parks, 9 Mark McMillan, 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 John Barclay, 6 Kelly Brown, 5 Alastair Kellock (capt), 4 Tim Barker, 3 Moray Low, 2 Fergus Thomson, 1 Ed Kalman.
Replacements: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Kevin Tkachuk, 18 Dan Turner, 19 James Eddie, 20 Hefin O'Hare, 21 Duncan Weir, 22 Colin Shaw.

Venue: Liberty Stadium
Referee: George Clancy

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