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May 08, 2015

Ospreys 21 - 10 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Liberty Stadium on Friday May 8th 2015 | No comments

Chris Fusaro went over for Glasgow's only try
Glasgow hopes of a home PRO12 semi-final suffered a blow as they went down 21-10 to Ospreys in Swansea this evening.

The Warriors headed into the game two points clear at the top of the table and unbeaten in their last four outings, while Ospreys were also in strong form.

There was little between the sides during a first half that was dominated by the two teams' defences.

Duncan Weir put the visitors in front with a penalty goal after 15 minutes, but it remained that way for just six minutes.

Daniel Evans levelled the scores with the boot but there were no further points scored before half-time.

Ospreys made a flying start to the second period, however, to establish a lead that they would retain for the remainder of the match.

Dan Biggar's penalty put Ospreys 6-3 in front, before Ben John smashed over the line at the end of a slick passing move.

Biggar missed the conversion, but he was on target just shy of the hour after Rhys Webb gathered his own chip kick to scamper over.

By now, the rain was pouring in Swansea, allow few opportunities for either team to add to their points tally.

Chris Fusaro's converted try in the minutes that followed gave visitors Glasgow a fighting chance in the final quarter of the game, but Biggar's penalty goal nine minutes from the end established an 11-point deficit that the visitors were unable to put a dent in.

Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend said: "We were just unable to grab hold of the momentum in the second half. We gave them a cheap penalty and then they got a line break that led to a try and when you have a lead like that in poor conditions, it is easier for the team that is defending than the one trying to come back into the game. Every game we play there is pressure. We knew we had a tough run-in, with Connacht and Ospreys away followed by Ulster at home. We were not able to get the win at Ospreys. There will be a lot of determination next week to put in a better performance, we will need it. I have been watching Ulster and like Munster and Ospreys [the other two sides qualified for the play-offs] they are a quality side. We have to show we are of that quality too.

"We have a good record at Scotstoun, though. It is on the way to being a sell-out [with capacity increased to 10,000] which creates an excellent atmosphere. There will be a home semi-final on the line but the main thing for us is to play better."


Referee George Clancy (Ireland)
Attendance
Team
1
Ryan Grant
2
Pat MacArthur
3
Jon Welsh
4
Tim Swinson
5
Jonny Gray
6
Robert Harley
7
Chris Fusaro
8
Josh Strauss
9
Henry Pyrgos
10
Duncan Weir
11
Nikola Matawalu
12
Peter Horne
13
Richie Vernon
14
Tommy Seymour
15
Stuart Hogg
Sub
Fraser Brown
Sub
Gordon Reid
Sub
Euan Murray
Sub
Leone Nakarawa
Sub
Ryan Wilson
Sub
Lee Jones
Sub
Fraser Lyle
Sub
Peter Murchie