October 30, 2009
Ospreys 9 - 9 Glasgow Warriors
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Liberty Stadium on Friday October 30th 2009 | 7 comments
Dan Parks kicked Glasgow's points (Photo: Courtesy of Vincent - www.auvergne-rugby.fr) Gareth Owen and Dan Parks swapped three penalties apiece as the Ospreys and Glasgow fought out an error-ridden Magners League draw at the Liberty Stadium.
The Ospreys led the game either side of the interval but two Dan Parks penalties earned Glasgow a draw which takes them to second behind leaders Ulster on points difference.
There was a late change to the Ospreys line-up when Marty Holah pulled a hamstring in the warm-up and was replaced by Steve Tandy.
It provided another personnel problem for the Ospreys, who were already without 10 players on international duty and another 13 on the casualty list.
Glasgow had two early encouraging opportunities to score a try but both times they failed to get the ball out to the left wing quickly enough.
A feature of the Ospreys' early play was their offensive tackling in particular Richard Hibbard and captain for the night Ian Gough, who was left out of Wales' 29-man squad this week.
The Ospreys were given some real go forward by full-back and subsequent man of the match Barry Davies, who many thought should have been selected by Wales especially as there is no specialist number 15 in the party.
It was the Welsh region who went into the lead with a penalty for Owen on 14 minutes, a kick which was cancelled out by Parks seven minutes later.
Owen put the Ospreys into a 6-3 lead - which they were to hold until half-time - with a second penalty on 28 minutes.
There were more injury worries for the Ospreys when Filo Tiatia and Nikki Walker were involved in a sickening clash of heads. Walker, named in the Scotland squad, needed treatment for a cut under his eye.
Shortly before the interval the Ospreys had two opportunities at scoring tries. First scrum-half Liam Davies made a break but was hauled down just short by wing Colin Shaw.
Then the television match official Nigel Whitehouse ruled out a try after a pile-up on the line.
At the start of the second half both Owen and Parks swapped penalties as referee Peter Fitzgibbon officiated the ruck area with an iron fist.
But it was from a scrum that the Ospreys were penalised, which allowed Parks to kick his third penalty and draw the scores level on 69 minutes.
Owen had a chance to regain the Ospreys lead but missed his penalty shot two minutes later, then - in the final 90 seconds with the rain teaming down - Owen missed a drop goal.
Report from Sporting Life
Glasgow coach Sean Lineen said: "Once the weather starting coming down, it was always going to be tough. The weather was a great leveller.
"And we were on the wrong end of the bounces once again. There was very little rugby played.
"But we'll take the two points as it's the first time we have taken two points here against the Ospreys.
"There's no such thing as a weak Ospreys team and we had six players out ourselves. There were a lot of performances out there I was happy with."
Sean added: “Our game plan was always to play a much more expansive game but the ball was like a bar of soap. That being said to get two points on the road against the Ospreys is an improvement and puts in good shape at the moment considering there hasn’t been an awful lot going our way in terms of tonight’s weather, injuries and illnesses etc.
”The weather was a great leveler unfortunately for us as we had a very strong side out. I think our scrum was outstanding, the front row were fantastic while Dan Parks controlled the game really well.”
A pretty dreich night in Welsh Wales in every respect - the game reflected the sometimes appalling weather and with both sides sticking to the kicking game, there wasn't much to enthuse about at all. Of the 2 sides I imagine that Glasgow will be the happier with the draw, especially 'cos Ospreys could have won it in the last few minutes. Much of Dan Parks touch kicking was sublime and he was unlucky to hit the outside of the post with the last kick of the 1st half.
Yet another match lost because of the referee. Collins tries to strangle Ally, instead of getting carded the Os get a pen.
Their front row totally collapses - no yellows.
3 collapses in a row in front of their line - statutory penalty try in the GP, 3rd time we get a pen.
The Magners have got to sort these refs out. If the pace of the game is too fast get extra officials into the stand.
BTW, we played pretty well.
The ref was fine. Two of the 3 scrums were resets, the 3rd was a penalty which we kicked.
You won't get a fairer ref than that all season, time to start focusing on the team and not look for excuses.
Yes, better than previous refs, I agree .. but one of them needs to face up to Collins and say "I don't care who you are, that is not rugby" .. not just for the assault on Kellock but the shoulder charges which he seems to think are tackles.
Was anyone else shocked by the commentators bias? I know it was Welsh TV but it was unbelievable how derogatory towards our boys they were. I'm thinking of complaining, for all the good it'll do!
The Setanta Ireland commentary wasn't much better - he mixed up names of players, kept calling Dan "Parker" and then as the match went on was more interested in the wales / lions players in the crowd... Good result though... for Glasgow that is!
Yes a decent result and so far this season - played 7; won 4; drawn 1 lost 2 in this league is not a bad return. 23 players out for one reason or another and the Ospreys can field a decent team. Without our international squad players we'd have been severely weakened.
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