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May 10, 2009

The Ospreys 34 - 23 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Liberty Stadium on Sunday May 10th 2009 | 11 comments

Bernie Stortoni scored first for Glasgow
After a lively start, Glasgow's hopes were dashed in Swansea, as the Ospreys moved up to third place in the Magners League.

The Ospreys celebrated the signing of former New Zealand international Jerry Collins with a victory in their final home Magners League match of the season.

With the Celtic title having gone to Munster, this match was all but meaningless although the three-try win meant the Ospreys moved level on points with second-placed Leinster.

The Ospreys were forced into a late change after wing Jonny Vaughton was ruled out after injuring his groin in the pre-match warm-ups, forcing the coaches to rejig the back line.

The change clearly did not help the Ospreys' defensive organisation as they leaked a soft converted try after only five minutes, scored by full-back Bernardo Stortoni who made the most of a three-man overlap on the left.

That 7-0 lead was cancelled out on 14 minutes with a well-worked converted try for Filo Tiatia after breaks by Shane Williams and Marty Holah.

Glasgow reclaimed the lead with a Ruaridh Jackson penalty after Williams was caught in possession and failed to release on his own line.

But the Scots' advantage was short-lived as indiscipline at the ruck cost them three penalties all of which James Hook kicked on 25, 28 and 30 minutes to give Ospreys a 16-10 lead.

A fourth penalty from Hook in the 34th minute gave the Ospreys a nine-point cushion, which was undone by another soft try as Max Evans scythed his way through midfield and put wing Lome Fa'atau in down the right.

But a good team try involving Richard Hibbard, Holah and Hook, and scored by Gareth Owen in the first minute of injury time, restored the home side's lead at 24-15.

After half-time Jackson kicked his second penalty but Glasgow suffered a setback when Max Evans was carried off on a stretcher.

Hook missed a long-range penalty but converted a fifth kick in the 56th minute as the Ospreys led 27-18.

Glasgow were reduced to 14 men on 64 minutes when replacement prop Justin Va'a was yellow-carded for ball killing on his own line that began a spate of players being sent to the sin bin.

The Ospreys opted for a scrum instead of the penalty against a seven-man pack and scrum-half Jamie Nutbrown skipped in for the region's third try, converted by Hook.

There were also yellow cards for prop duo Paul James and Jon Welsh for persistent scrummaging infringements meaning that there were uncontested scrums for the following 10 minutes.

Holah became the fourth player to see yellow after tripping up Glasgow scrum-half Mark McMillan, and in injury time Moray Low was the fifth to be sin-binned for some foul play spotted by the touch judge.

The last say of the match came from Glasgow's Fa'atau who sprinted away for his second try in the 15th minute of injury time.

Referee George Clancy (RFU)
Attendance TBC
Jon Welsh
Eric Milligan
Moray Low
Dan Turner
Alastair Kellock
Opeta Palepoi
Calum Forrester
Kelly Brown
Mark McMillan
Ruaridh Jackson
Thom Evans
Graeme Morrison
Max Evans
Lome Fa'atau
Bernardo Stortoni
Pat MacArthur
Justin Va'a
Tim Barker
James Eddie
Colin Gregor
Andrew Henderson
Hefin O'Hare
Match Substitutions
Off On
Opeta Palepoi James Eddie
Off On
Alastair Kellock Tim Barker
Off On
Eric Milligan Pat MacArthur
Off On
Max Evans Andrew Henderson
Off On
Bernardo Stortoni Colin Gregor
Off On
Jon Welsh Justin Va'a
Off On
Thom Evans Hefin O'Hare
Bernardo Stortoni Try 
Ruaridh Jackson Conversion
Ruaridh Jackson Penalty
Lome Fa'atau Try 
Ruaridh Jackson Penalty
Lome Fa'atau Try 
Posted by s153 on May 11, 2009 08:34 AM | Reply to this comment

what lame excuses will be trooped out this time.....
Played 17 and won 6 is diabolical and we are now 18 points behind that mob from the east,the league table does not lie. What progress has been made by Mr Lineen and his players this season?

Posted by Derek on May 11, 2009 09:51 AM | Reply to this comment

Sean said that he will need to pick a team to match the commitment of Connacht this Friday. Does that mean that there were players yesterday in the coaches eyes who were not committed in the eyes of the management?

Its 8 wins from 23 competitive games this season, which is pretty poor in just about anyones eyes.

Maybe we just need to accept that is just about where we are in the Rugby Pecking order. Capable of the odd outstanding win, which fuels the fire of the "we have outstanding potential, we can kick on from this blah blah" brigade. But for every Toulouse win, there are two or three very poor performances

This season has been a regression on where we were this time 12 months ago. Our pack have become toothless and at times seem incapable of stopping potential turnovers legally. The backs have faired ok, but so much relies on the Evans' and the opposition playing an expansive game against us. We started this season with one of the leagues most Dependable Fly Halves we end it with him in limbo.

Chris Cusiter coming in is good news in that he is a star performer and his joining will no doubt improve the side, but at what cost? With so much of the budget apparently getting used up on him, other more pressing problem areas will have to be addressed on the cheap (if at all).

Posted by ballinj on May 11, 2009 12:08 PM | Reply to this comment

Watched the game on S4c yesterday and have to say that Glasgow shot themselves in the foot. THe defense in the 1st half was appalling and ok James Hook had an excellent game but even still. The pack were second best despite the efforts of Kelly Brown who was immense.

In the 2nd half stupid errors of which Gregor was the main culprit put the game beyond us. Really missed a calming influence as were trying to go wide far to quickly and from the wrong places. Maturer heads to take the game by the scruff of the neck and get the results are needed.

Posted by bossco85 on May 11, 2009 01:38 PM | Reply to this comment

WHY can we not keep 15 men on the field these days? We cant win games playing for half an hour is just wont happen. From the highlights posted it looks like we gifted them some tries with very soft defense, there doesn't seem to be very much communication or order in the defense! Lome has been in good form this year, proved he has still got bags of pace again on Sunday. The backs aint the problem, well apart from the fact we need a controlling stand off. The forwards need overhauled, only Brown and Barclay have been consistantly good this year. Time for a major re think!

Posted by Derek on May 11, 2009 02:03 PM | Reply to this comment

Is Lome out of Contract this Summer?

Posted by RJG on May 11, 2009 04:54 PM | Reply to this comment

I have said before on the site that if we had made our kicks this season, then we would have been in a far better league position, and i think we are missing an on form Dan Parks much more than we realise.

I also get the feeling that I have seen a lot of tries this year, and I wonder what our defensive record is against our ML colleagues is this year as opposed to last?

I agree with every comment on this website about our front five. How do we end up with so many yellow cards? How can we be expecting to win games when we concede a kickable penalty every two minutes? (22,26,28 and 32 mins according to the ML website). Do we punish players internally for yellow cards? If not we should.

Anyway, the worst game of rugby is still 10X more entertaining than that turgid, hate filled nonsense that passes for football in Glasgw, judging by Saturday.

Posted by sunday5 on May 11, 2009 07:10 PM | Reply to this comment

Credit where it's due, Lome Fa'atau was really rather good yesterday. He made a couple of good tackles and was strong and fast on attack. Great to see.

Our Pack needs some serious work. We don't need any more backs as they aren't the problem.

Gutted for Max Evans, it looked bad but here's hoping he's back terrorising the opponents soon!

Posted by mediumsizedal on May 11, 2009 08:21 PM | Reply to this comment

Agree with most comments - the season as a contest was over a good while ago. Some good performances, but mostly bad. The new signings might make a difference, but not with the present set of forwards, unless some miracle happens in the close season. Not much point in having a very good set of backs (which we have) if the forwards can't dominate the opposition, but as i've said before on here, I don't know where the good, hard forwards are going to come from. So we might have to soldier on with basically the same pack next season & hope that a number of the younger members mature & harden up a bit-become more streetwise. Still-i'll be there on Friday for a big finish against Connacht!!

Posted by sunday5 on May 12, 2009 12:25 PM | Reply to this comment

Is anyone looking at Romania or Poland? There are some really horrible forwards over there! Exactly what we need. Hard as nails with an anger management problem.

Posted by Alan on May 12, 2009 10:54 PM | Reply to this comment

I presume that Sean will be in Romania with Robinson for the Scotland A tournament. You want a Russian and a Uruguayan also? They are unlikely to be Scottish qualified! Would the SRU let him sign one? Folk on this site would just moan that we shouldn't be signing foreigners anyway!

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