Planet Rugby

Ospreys win dour affair

14th October 2007 18:14

Share:

The Ospreys won a messy Magners League game against Munster 16-3 at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday to claim their second win of the season.

Both fly-halfs, Gareth Owen and Paul Warwick, had an off day with the boot, missing six kicks at goal between them. In the end the Ospreys international class told as Lee Byrne and Shane Williams went over for the decisive scores.

The win lifted the Ospreys to third in the table and meant all the top four places were occupied by Welsh regional sides.

Ospreys coach Lyn Jones had said there were "no excuses" for his team under-performing now that they had their international contingent back from the World Cup.

But they lost star centre Gavin Henson after only 13 minutes after he suffered a knee in the back that caused some bruising.

It was Munster who should have been flying ahead after the first quarter as outside-half Paul Warwick failed with three penalty attempts, one which hit the post. Prop Tony Buckley flopped over the home line after a huge attack on the Ospreys line but his try was disallowed for an earlier knock-on.

Outside-half Gareth Owen booted a penalty for the Ospreys but they could have gone further ahead as Wales scrum-half Michael Phillips, on his debut, was held up over the line by Munster wing Ian Dowling.

Again, the home side went over the Munster line as Owen found a gap and fed Lee Byrne on the wing. The full-back ran to the corner and was tackled short of the touchdown by Irish centre Kieran Lewis.

However, his momentum took him over and television official Huw Watkins confirmed the unconverted score was fine. Winger Shane Williams dashed in on the right to give the Welshmen a 13-0 half-time lead.

Owen extended the advantage with a penalty directly after the restart but the Ospreys went down to 14 men near the hour after the home outside-half was accused of killing the ball at a ruck, allowing replacement stand-off Jeremy Manning to boot Munster's first points of the game.

Yet Munster could not make any more use of their extra man as their chances of victory ebbed away and their afternoon was summed up when a knock-on at a ruck right on the Ospreys line denied Manning a try in the corner.

The Scorers:

For Ospreys:

Tries: Byrne, S.Williams

Pens: Owen 2

For Munster:

Pen: Manning

Yellow card: G.Owen (55th minute - Ospreys)

The teams:

Ospreys: 15 Lee Byrne, 14 Nikki Walker, 13 Sonny Parker, 12 Gavin Henson, 11 Shane Williams, 10 Gareth Owen, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Filo Tiatia (c), 7 Ben Lewis, 6 Jonathan Thomas, 5 Ian Evans, 4 Ian Gough, 3 Cai Griffiths, 2 Huw Bennett, 1 Duncan Jones.

Replacements: 16 Barry WIlliams, 17 Adam Jones, 18 Lyndon Bateman, 19 Steve Tandy, 20 Martin Roberts, 21 James Hook, 22 Andrew Bishop.

Munster: 15 Shaun Payne, 14 Brian Carney, 13 Kieran Lewis, 12 Rua Tipoki, 11 Ian Dowling, 10 Paul Warwick, 9 Tomas O'Leary, 8 Anthony Foley (c), 7 Niall Ronan, 6 Alan Quinlan, 5 Mick O'Driscoll, 4 Mark Melbourne, 3 Tony Buckley, 2 Denis Fogarty, 1 Federico Puciariello.

Replacements: 16 Frank Sheahan, 17 Darragh Hurley, 18 James Coughlan, 19 Billy Holland, 20 Peter Stringer, 21 Jeremy Manning, 22 Lifeimi Mafi.

Date: Sunday 14 October, 2007

Kick-off: 16:10 BST (15:10 GMT)

Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Referee: Simon McDowellI (Ireland)

Touch judges: Jon Mason (Wales), Simon Harris (Wales)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 28
Bath vs Harlequins19:45
Saturday , November 29
Leicester Tigers vs Wasps15:00
Exeter vs Saracens16:30
Sunday , November 30
London Irish vs Gloucester13:00
London Welsh vs Northampton14:30
Newcastle Falcons vs Sale Sharks15:15
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
International Match
Saturday , November 29
Wales vs South Africa14:30
England vs Australia14:30
More International Match fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , November 28
Munster vs Ulster19:35
Cardiff Blues vs Treviso19:35
Saturday , November 29
Zebre vs Edinburgh15:00
Leinster vs Ospreys17:15
Connacht vs Scarlets19:30
Sunday , November 30
Glasgow Warriors vs Dragons16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , November 29
Toulon vs Clermont Auvergne14:45
Oyonnax vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Lyon vs Montpellier18:30
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Castres vs Racing Metro Paris18:30
Toulouse vs Grenoble20:45
Sunday , November 30
Stade Francais vs Brive18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 23
Saracens 24 - 31 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester TigersLondon Welsh vs Leicester Tigers Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Georgia 35 - 24 JapanGeorgia vs Japan Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Treviso 24 - 24 LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Report
Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 22
London Irish 23 - 33 BathLondon Irish vs Bath Report
Exeter 31 - 15 WaspsExeter vs Wasps Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Italy 6 - 22 South AfricaItaly vs South Africa Report
England 28 - 9 SamoaEngland vs Samoa Report
France 13 - 18 ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Report
Wales 16 - 34 New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Report
Scotland 37 - 12 TongaScotland vs Tonga Report
Ireland 26 - 23 AustraliaIreland vs Australia Report
Romania 18 - 9 CanadaRomania vs Canada Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 21
Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale SharksHarlequins vs Sale Sharks Report
Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 GloucesterNewcastle Falcons vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Fiji 20 - 14 USAFiji vs USA Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Dragons 12 - 38 MunsterDragons vs Munster Report
Ulster 25 - 16 OspreysUlster vs Ospreys Report
Connacht 43 - 3 ZebreConnacht vs Zebre Report
Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow WarriorsScarlets vs Glasgow Warriors Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 16
Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 SaracensLeicester Tigers vs Saracens Report
Wasps 71 - 7 London WelshWasps vs London Welsh Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Ireland 49 - 7 GeorgiaIreland vs Georgia Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 15
Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London IrishSale Sharks vs London Irish Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton830
2Exeter828
3Bath828
4Saracens825
5Leicester Tigers821