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Ospreys win dour affair

14th October 2007 18:14

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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)

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