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April 09, 2006

Ospreys 16 - 13 Glasgow Warriors

Celtic League match played at Liberty Stadium on Saturday April 8th 2006 | 7 comments

Sam Pinder scored Glasgow's only try
Another game slipped through Glasgow's fingers as Gavin Henson grabbed the Ospreys a vital Celtic League win with a penalty in the last minute of normal time.

Until Henson stepped up to convert the 45-metre effort the match seemed destined to end in a draw.

It took the Warriors until only the third minute to open the scoring with a Dan Parks penalty goal - after the Ospreys had failed to release the ball at a ruck.

The Ospreys had a chance to level but Gavin Henson was wide of the mark with a seventh-minute penalty effort.

Despite the Ospreys having plenty of possession the home side gave away a soft try when scrum-half Sam Pinder charged down Shaun Connor's attempted clearance kick.

It left Glasgow with a 10-0 advantage which would have been just the start Sean Lineen would have dreamed of in his first game in charge as Warriors coach.

But he would not have liked the way the Ospreys came back with a try for Richard Mustoe, who popped up on the other wing to take the scoring pass from Sonny Parker.

The problem for Ospreys, however, was that they were trying to play too much adventurous rugby against a good Glasgow defence.

And a victim of that adventure was wing Shane Williams, who was substituted after 33 minutes for Andrew Bishop.

The Ospreys continued to enjoy a wealth of possession but it was Glasgow who scored again with a second Parks penalty giving them a 13-5 interval lead.

But within 14 minutes of the interval the Ospreys were level.

First Steve Tandy went in for his side's second try in the right corner following good work by Henson.

And after Glasgow were penalised for a collapsed scrum Shaun Connor made it 13-13.

A draw had looked like a fair result as both sides struggled to get the winning score.

On 77 minutes Parks attempted a snap drop-goal but his attempt sailed wide of the left upright.

And then with a minute left on the clock Henson stepped up to put over the winning penalty from 45 metres out.

Referee Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Attendance 4,000
Kevin Tkachuk
Scott Lawson
Euan Murray
Dan Turner
James Eddie
John Barclay
Donnie Macfadyen
Jon Petrie
Sam Pinder
Dan Parks
Mike Roberts
Andrew Henderson
Hefin O'Hare
Rory Lamont
Graydon Staniforth
Fergus Thomson
Lee Harrison
Craig Hamilton
John Beattie
Steve Swindall
Calvin Howarth
Spencer Davey
Match Substitutions
Off On
Donnie Macfadyen Steve Swindall
Off On
Scott Lawson Fergus Thomson
Off On
James Eddie Craig Hamilton
Off On
Sam Pinder Calvin Howarth
Off On
Euan Murray Lee Harrison
Off On
John Barclay John Beattie
Dan Parks Penalty
Sam Pinder Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dan Parks Penalty
Posted by big john on April 9, 2006 11:19 AM | Reply to this comment

Did Calvin Howarth really come on to replace Sam Pinder?
I assume Sam was injured....

Posted by Alan on April 9, 2006 12:07 PM | Reply to this comment

Yes,who else was there?..bad habit of putting the ball in straight,I think, so obvoiusly needs a few lessons there!;)

Posted by vicki on April 9, 2006 05:39 PM | Reply to this comment

Yeah, Sam did come off injured, and Calvin really did replace him.

Can't believe they let result slip through their fingers... Sammy's interception try was great though, and almost a year exactly to that fantastic interception try against Llanelli.

Posted by Oldies on April 9, 2006 08:59 PM | Reply to this comment

Seems a few played out of position. Guess they had the right attitude to at least give it there best shot. Strange thinking from the new coach to only have two backs on the bench!!!!!!!!

Posted by A True Warrior on April 10, 2006 02:38 PM | Reply to this comment

Think its because Donnie Mac a definate change at half time our around half time, so we need another back row player to cover actual injuries

Posted by Les on April 10, 2006 02:01 PM | Reply to this comment

Pluses from a generally poor game were most of the defence and Dan's kicking. Other than that I thought Ospreys made us look good by being particularly bad. Sam's only high point was the charge down, his passing was poor and the back line showed very little invention. Up front the lineout was ropey and generally little impetus (although T Bone did some typical runs). Any idea why Bevvy was not on the bench?

Posted by Gordon on April 10, 2006 02:16 PM | Reply to this comment

I think Bev is still out with a neck injury.

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