Ospreys score four past Glasgow

Date published: February 26 2017

Ospreys moved up to second in the PRO12 table with a 26-15 win over Glasgow.

The bonus-point win for the hosts sees them leapfrog Munster and sit just one point off top spot after 16 games. Glasgow had recovered from a 14 point deficit to briefly lead, but it was the home team who were good value for the deserved win, with Glasgow remaining in sixth.

Ospreys opened the scoring with a converted try courtesy of a good run by Keelan Giles, having started outside Glasgow’s 22 and just past the midway point of the first half, the lead was doubled.

Josh Matavesi was the man who went over for the Welsh side with not nearly as clean a try as the first, but it mattered little and the conversion was just as good the second time around. The match was threatening to get away from Glasgow, but the Scottish side worked a way back in with a converted score of their own, Corey Flynn going over with Brandon Thomson adding the extras, but try as they might, there was no way to level the score before the break.

Shortly after the restart though, Glasgow’s Thomson scored the first successful penalty of the game before Peter Murchie’s well worked try handed the Scots the lead for the first time in the afternoon.

The lead was short lived however, with two tries in as many minutes handing Ospreys a bonus point and a great chance of holding on to all four.

Tyler Ardon was the beneficiary of a patient build-up in which a penalty was kicked to the corner and he made no mistake in giving his side the lead before Kieron Ronatia went over for his side’s fourth try of the contest.

The game was scoreless from that point onwards and Ospreys’ reward for a dominant display was all five points on a windy afternoon in South Wales.

The scorers:

For Ospreys:
Giles, Matavesi, Ardron, Fonotia
Cons: Price 3

For Glasgow Warriors:
Flynn, Murchie
Cons: Thomson
Pens: Thomson

Ospreys: 15 Dan Evans, 14 Keelan Giles, 13 Ashley Beck, 12 Josh Matavesi, 11 Hanno Dirksen, 10 Luke Price, 9 Brendon Leonard (c), 8 Dan Baker, 7 Olly Cracknell, 6 Tyler Ardron, 5 Rory Thornton 4 Lloyd Ashley, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Hugh Gustafson, 1 Paul James
Replacements: 16 Ifan Phillips, 17 Gareth Thomas, 18 Rhodri Jones, 19 James King, 20 Sam Underhill, 21 Tom Habberfield, 22 Kieron Fonotia, 23 Dafydd Howells

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Peter Murchie, 14 Junior Bulumakau, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Peter Horne (c), 11 Rory Hughes, 10 Brandon Thomson, 9 Grayson Hart, 8 Lewis Wynne, 7 Matt Smith, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Scott Cummings, 4 Brian Alainu’uese, 3 Sila Puafisi, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Jamie Bhatti
Replacements: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Alex Allan, 18 D’arcy Rae, 19 Tjiuee Uanivi, 20 Chris Fusaro, 21 Nemia Kenatale, 22 Richie Vernon, 23 Ratu Tagive

Referee: Frank Murphy (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Stuart Gaffikin (Ireland), Craig Evans (Wales)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)