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February 06, 2004

Ospreys 33 - 11 Glasgow Warriors

Celtic League match played at The Gnoll (Neath) on Friday February 6th 2004 | No comments
Glasgow's hopes of launching a Celtic League revival were dashed by the streetwise Ospreys at rain-lashed Neath last night.

The Scots had aimed to reproduce the form that took them so close to pulling off an unlikely aggregate triumph over Saracens in the Parker Pen Cup. But another defeat left them anchored at the foot of the table.

Ospreys were keen to make amends for their poor Heineken Cup campaign, which featured double failure against Edinburgh. Warriors coach Hugh Campbell was forced to make a change to his line-up just hours before the kick-off.

Wing Gareth Maclure was declared unfit with a leg problem, allowing Stuart Moffat to make his comeback to the starting formation. , who had travelled as a standby player, was on the bench.

Ospreys surged into attack and wasted no time in breaking the deadlock. Glasgow infringed in the tight and Gavin Henson kicked the resulting penalty.

Both teams looked keen to run the ball whenever possible, but as a result mistakes were plentiful. The Welshmen increased their lead through Henson before new Scotland prospect Dan Parks got Glasgow off the mark in identical fashion.

Ospreys effectively ended the contest before the break, Henson adding two more penalties in quick succession before pouncing to grab the first touchdown and adding the conversion.

Then Shaun Connor put the finishing touches to a move spanning six phases. Again, Henson slotted the kick.

Glasgow were much more spirited after the restart, but despite constant pressing, only managed a penalty through Parks. To add to their frustrations, Ospreys bagged a breakaway try through Dave Tieuti, converted by Henson.

But Glasgow had the last word when substitute Colin Gregor claimed a consolation score.

Report by David Kelso from The Scotsman

Referee O Trevor (IRE)
Attendance 2,675
Team
1
Euan Murray
2
Scott Lawson
3
Lee Harrison
4
Andy Hall
5
Nathan Ross
6
Andy Wilson
7
Donnie Macfadyen
8
Jon Petrie
9
Sam Pinder
10
Dan Parks
11
Sean Lamont
12
Alan Bulloch
13
Graeme Morrison
14
Stuart Moffat
15
Glenn Metcalfe
Sub
Simon Gunn
Sub
Andrew Kelly
Sub
Joe Beardshaw
Sub
Paul Dearlove
Sub
Kenny Sinclair
Sub
Colin Gregor
Sub
Roly Reid
Match Substitutions
Off On
Lee Harrison Andrew Kelly
Off On
Andy Hall Joe Beardshaw
Off On
Andy Wilson Paul Dearlove
Off On
Sam Pinder Kenny Sinclair
Off On
Dan Parks Colin Gregor
Scorers
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Colin Gregor Try 
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