Ospreys too strong for Connacht

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Connacht 6 – 17 Ospreys, The Sportsground, 6:30pm
Full time

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Full time An error prone Connacht would have needed another half of rugby to score against a resolute Ospreys side after failing to register anything in the second half, even when they had a man advantage
78min Game is petering out now and it looks certain to be another Connacht defeat
76min Morgan bursts through the Connacht line and looks certain to score but Gavin Duffy does brilliantly to keep tracking the ball carrier when it’s two on one, great defending
73min Ospreys get a let off as Connacht hold on and give away a penalty
72min Connacht will need be accurate to turn possession into a score now, still very slow in the pass
70min Ospreys look happy to sit on their lead now by protecting possession well and making Connacht work hard in defence
68min O’Halloran knocks on to end another piece of play through error, Connacht heads are starting to drop
66min Penalty to Ospreys in the scrum, Davies kicks long and Duffy concedes a line out with poor hands
65min Ospreys are driving Connacht back in the tackle and win the turn over again
64min Connacht will need to dig in to even get the losing bonus point, there’s been little to suggest they’re capable of turning this around
62min Morgan converts
61min The momentum and game slip away, Sonny Parker who has just come on for Beck scores a try
59min Gough returns to the field, Connacht will be frustrated they didn’t get anything from that sin bin
58min Crowd are growing tired of referee’s finickiness but to be fair to him he’s treating both sides the same
57min Connacht have a solid attacking sequence but can;t sustain it to make it count and Ospreys kick for touch, another penalty at the breakdown
55min Connacht struggling to break Ospreys down despite the man advantage
52min Morgan takes a poor penalty and it’s still Connacht looking the more likely to score next
51min O’Halloran picks a good line through the Ospreys line but the referee mistakenly calls it back for obstruction
50min Promising stuff from Connacht since Naoupu has moved to the back line
48min Connacht give away a penalty and Ospreys take a line out on the half way line but COnnacht win it well
45min Gough gives away a penlaty and gets a yellow, COnnacht probing well in the opening five of the second half
44min Another penalty against Ospreys, ref will have to consider a yellow soon
44min Gavin Duffy drills a great quick to force Ospreys into a line out 15 from their line
43min Nice pace about Connacht so far, they’ll need to build up momentum though as Ospreys lie in wait with a quick counter
42min Mick Kearney is on for Anderson
41min The teams trade Garryowens but Connacht are in possession
40min No changes to either side and we’re off
40min The teams are back out and Ospreys will kick off this half
Half time O’Donoghue kicks to touch for half time, hopefully a better contest in the second half
39min Ospreys give Connacht a let off by giving away a penalty for hands in the ruck when Connacht were struggling
37min Real danger but a knock on by the hooker Hubbert gives Connacht the scrum
36min Connacht are fighting now to keep the Ospreys attack at bay
34min Nikora puts a penalty over, a big three points and good for Nikora as he adjusts for the wind in a similar position to which he missed earlier
33min Connacht have to step up a gear to get back into this
31min Webb breaks through a very lax Connacht line and hands over to Morgan to touch down under the posts, Morgan sticks the conversion over
30min Too many errors from Connacht have given the momentum to Ospreys after a decent spell from the Irish side
28min Connacht doing better with possession now and are camped in Ospreys’ half before being turned over easily
25min Good play from the Connacht pack to turn it over but they immediately lose the ball and Ospreys are quick to counter
23min Ref awards a penalty for Gough’s involvement but it ends with an Ospreys’ scrum
23min Bit of afters between Muldoon and Ian Gough after Muldoon is dragged into touch
22min O’Donoghue gives it away cheaply but O’Halloran is alive and prevents Ospreys from breaking out
21min And with that, Connacht show some lovely creativity to spread the play wide and keep the phases ticking over. Patience is needed now
20min Ospreys are here to play, they’re very comfortable in possession and making themselves availbe for every phase
19min Gannon comes in from the side and gives away an easy penalty, which Morgan knocks home
17min Sloppy play from Connacht as they lose possession while attempting to play out of their 22
16min Nikora slots an easy penalty over
15min Connacht look lively, recycle it well and Nikora takes a pop at a drop goal during an advantage, poor decision not to try something more ambitious
13min Ospreys make fifteen metres from the scrum thanks to some blocking not spotted by the ref
12min O Donoghue is in on the corner but he loses the ball just as he’s grounding it and it’s a scrum
12min Loose line out is won by Muldoon and they charge towards the line, good from Connacht
10min Kick drifts wide, it was a difficult one with the crossfield wind and being on Nikora’s bad side
9min Penalty to Connacht as Nauopu is taken out in the line out, Nikora to take
7min Nikora’s back on his feet and is OK to continue, Connacht’s line out has to be scrambled and Ospreys force a knock on
7min Nikora is receiving treatment and Niall O’Connor is getting ready to come on
6min OSpreys counter across the field but Toohey tackles it well to take the Ospreys player into touch
4min Connacht tackling strong and win a scrum
3min Ospreys have been very comfortable on the ball in the opening stages
1min Ospreys are keeping it in hand and win a penalty and will kick for touch
0min Gavin Duffy leads his team out , rather stupidly, onto the same side of the pitch that Ospreys are standing but the referee sorts it out and we’re under way
0min It’s a windy night in The Showgrounds and one week on from that great battle with Toulouse Connacht will be looking to move up the Rabo table and correct their losing ways from recent weeks, we’ll be under way in about a minute
Connacht fans will be hoping for a win after a couple of defeats in the H Cup.

Team News
Connacht: Gavin Duffy (c); Brian Tuohy, Dave McSharry, Henry Fa’afili, Tiernan O’Halloran; Miah Nikora, Paul O’Donohoe; Brett Wilkinson, Adrian Flavin, Rodney Ah You; Dave Gannon, George Naoupu; TJ Anderson, John Muldoon, Ray Ofisa.

Replacements: Ethienne Reynecke, Ronan Loughney, Stewart Maguire, Mike Kearney, Eoghan Grace, Frank Murphy, Niall O’Connor, Mark McCrea.

Ospreys: Barry Davies; Tommy Bowe, Andrew Bishop, Ashley Beck, Richard Fussell; Matthew Morgan, Rhys Webb; Duncan Jones, Richard Hibbard, Aaron Jarvis, Ian Gough, James King, Tom Smith (capt), Chauncey O’Toole, Joe Bearman.

Replacements: Mefin Davies, Cai Griffiths, Joe Rees, James Goode, George Stowers, Tom Isaacs, Sonny Parker, Hanno Dirksen.


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