Planet Rugby

Draw with Tigers eliminates Ospreys

13th January 2013 16:49

Share:

Joe Bearman Ospreys v Leicester 2013

Try for Ospreys: Joe Bearman

A 15-all draw with Leicester at Liberty Stadium on Saturday effectively brought an end to the Ospreys' Heineken Cup campaign.

The result also means that Tigers relinquish top spot in Pool Two to Toulouse, who beat Treviso with a bonus point to set up an almighty showdown at Welford Road next week.

A late Jonathan Spratt try earned the Ospreys a well-deserved draw after they had led for much of the game before two tries in the final quarter put Leicester in front.

Richard Cockerill rotated his starting line-up after last week's controversial Premiership win at Worcester, with an almost completely fresh pack, and several changes in the back line. Ospreys coach Steve Tandy was able to recall Richard Fussell at full-back and Kahn Fotualii at scrum-half, as well as making several changes in the forwards.

Tandy made one late change during the warm-up, with scrum-half Tom Habberfield replacing Ross Jones on the wing, to make his Heineken Cup debut.

The Ospreys were keen to keep up their great home run, with eleven wins on the bounce at the Liberty Stadium. The normally reliant boot of Dan Biggar was off target with three early missed penalties, the Welsh international hitting the woodwork twice.

Fotualii showed his danger, taking the game to Leicester. A great move, keeping the ball alive through the phases, led to Biggar landing his first successful kick of the day on the half-hour mark.

A moment of controversy came moments later, as Justin Tiperic chased his own kick, and was impeded by Matthew Tait as he charged to catch the ball on his way to the line. Referee John Lacey decided there was no infringement, and Leicester were left to breathe a sigh of relief.

But Leicester's defence had no answer to the Ospreys' first try, as Joe Bearman stepped inside three tackles to go down for Biggar to convert.

Toby Flood reduced the arrears with a late penalty to go into half-time at 10-3 to the Ospreys.

Ben Youngs scored Leicester's first try of the game just after the hour, after Flood had broken the gain line, with Martin Castrogiovani putting the scrum-half in a great position to take advantage. Flood converted to equalise at 10-all, and leave the game on a knife-edge as it entered the final period.

With less than ten minutes to play, Niall Morris put down in the corner after powerful play by the Leicester forwards -a decision made by the TMO - as the winger was chased to touch. Flood missed the difficult conversion, but Leicester finally had the second score they wanted.

But Eli Walker created the perfect platform for the Ospreys to equalise, on a diagonal run through the Leicester defence, and Spratt went over in the corner. Biggar missed the conversion attempt, leaving the game tied on the full-time whistle.

The scorers:

For Ospreys:
Tries: Bearman, Spratt
Con: Biggar
Pen: Biggar

For Leicester Tigers:
Tries: Youngs, Morris
Con: Flood
Pen: Flood

Ospreys: 15 Richard Fussell, 14 Tom Habberfield, 13 Tom Isaacs, 12 Andrew Bishop, 11 Eli Walker, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Kahn Fotuali'i (c), 8 Joe Bearman, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Ryan Jones, 5 James King, 4 Ian Gough, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Ryan Bevington.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Duncan Jones, 18 Campbell Johnstone, 19 Lloyd Peers, 20 Sam Lewis, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Matthew Morgan, 23 Jonathan Spratt.

Leicester Tigers: 15 Mathew Tait, 14 Niall Morris, 13 Manusamoa Tuilagi, 12 Anthony Allen, 11 Adam Thompstone, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Jordan Crane, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Steve Mafi, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Louis Deacon (c), 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Rob Hawkins, 17 Logovi'i Mulipola, 18 Martin Castrogiovanni, 19 Ed Slater, 20 Thomas Waldrom, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 George Ford, 23 Matt Smith.

Venue: Liberty Stadium
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 5
Northampton vs Gloucester19:45
Saturday , September 6
Saracens vs Wasps14:00
Sale vs Bath14:00
Leicester vs Newcastle15:00
London Irish vs Harlequins16:30
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Rugby Championship
Saturday , September 6
New Zealand vs Argentina08:35
Australia vs South Africa11:05
More Rugby Championship fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , September 5
Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso19:35
Munster vs Edinburgh19:35
Saturday , September 6
Scarlets vs Ulster14:40
Connacht vs Newport Gwent D'gons17:00
Glasgow vs Leinster17:15
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Friday , September 5
Montpellier vs Castres20:45
Saturday , September 6
Brive vs Toulouse14:45
Clermont Auvergne vs Racing Metro Paris17:00
Lyon vs Oyonnax18:30
Grenoble vs La Rochelle18:30
Stade Francais vs Bayonne18:30
Toulon vs Bordeaux-Begles20:45
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , September 5
Western Province vs Eastern Province Kings19:10
Saturday , September 6
Cheetahs vs Pumas15:00
Sharks vs Griquas17:05
Blue Bulls vs Lions19:10
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Sunday , August 31
Taranaki vs Bay Of Plenty14:35
Auckland vs TasmanAuckland vs Tasman Preview
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Top 14
Saturday , August 30
La Rochelle 37 - 25 ToulouseLa Rochelle vs Toulouse Report
Grenoble 37 - 23 Bordeaux-Begles
Oyonnax 33 - 6 Stade Francais
Racing Metro Paris 17 - 10 ToulonRacing Metro Paris vs Toulon Report
Castres 30 - 6 BayonneCastres vs Bayonne Report
Lyon 24 - 6 Brive
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Griquas 25 - 36 CheetahsGriquas vs Cheetahs Report
Blue Bulls 18 - 23 Western ProvinceBlue Bulls vs Western Province Report
Eastern Province Kings 22 - 41 LionsEastern Province Kings vs Lions Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Counties Manukau 21 - 27 Hawkes BayCounties Manukau vs Hawkes Bay Report
Southland 22 - 33 Otago
North Harbour 16 - 22 WaikatoNorth Harbour vs Waikato Report
More ITM Cup results
Top 14
Friday , August 29
Clermont Auvergne 20 - 21 MontpellierClermont Auvergne vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Pumas 32 - 22 SharksPumas vs Sharks Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Wellington 21 - 27 ManawatuWellington vs Manawatu Report
Thursday , August 28
Canterbury 48 - 3 NorthlandCanterbury vs Northland Report
Wednesday, August 27
Waikato 17 - 46 TaranakiWaikato vs Taranaki Report
Sunday , August 24
Manawatu 7 - 35 AucklandManawatu vs Auckland Report
Bay Of Plenty 27 - 56 TasmanBay Of Plenty vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
Rugby Championship
Saturday , August 23
New Zealand 51 - 20 AustraliaNew Zealand vs Australia Report
Argentina 31 - 33 South AfricaArgentina vs South Africa Report
More Rugby Championship results
Top 14
Brive 6 - 21 Clermont AuvergneBrive vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Bordeaux-Begles 30 - 21 Racing Metro Paris
Bayonne 38 - 12 Oyonnax
Stade Francais 23 - 20 Lyon
More Top 14 results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath00
2Exeter00
3Gloucester00
4Harlequins00
5Leicester Tigers00