Ospreys egde past Leeds in LV= Cup

The Ospreys beat Leeds Carnegie 21-17 in their dead-rubber Anglo Welsh LV=Cup group clash at Liberty Stadium on Thursday.

 

Both sides headed into the match at the bottom of their respective groups.

The opening 20 minutes of the clash was a bit scrappy as both sides failed to build substantial attacks. The only points were provided by Joe Ford who slotted a penalty in the 11th minute to give Leeds the lead.


The tempo picked up thereafter and Ospreys surged ahead thanks to winger Hanno Dirksen who crashed over for the first try before Tom Prydie added the extras.


Ospreys kept the pressure on the visitors and extended their lead to 11 points as Steve Tandy scored the second try of the match before Prydie stepped up and successfully converted.


On the stroke of half-time Leeds closed the gap to four points with second-rower Erik Lund’s converted try as the teams headed to the dressing rooms at 14-10.


The hosts’ victory was secured in the 65th minute as scrum-half Jamie Nutbrown scored their third try of the clash before Prydie’s reliable boot took Ospreys 11 points clear.


A late penalty try and subsequent conversion for Leeds brought them back within four points but the hosts held on for the win.


Final Score Ospreys 21 Leeds 17


Scorers


Ospreys
Tries – Dirksen, Tandy, Nutbrown
Con – Prydie (3)


Leeds
Tries – Lund, Penalty
Pen – Ford
Con – Ford (2)


Teams


Ospreys: 15 Tom Prydie, 14 Hanno Dirksen, 13 Sonny Parker, 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Jonny Vaughton, 10 Gareth Owen, 9 Jamie Nutbrown, 8 Tom Smith, 7 Steve Tandy, 6 Jerry Collins (c), 5 Ian Evans, 4 Andy Lloyd, 3 Craig Mitchell, 2 Marc Breeze, 1 Ryan Bevington


Replacements: 16 Ed Shervington, 17 Cai Griffiths, 18 Will Taylor, 19 Richard Kelly, 20 Conor McInerney, 21 Ben Lewis, 22 Rhys Webb, 23 Ben John.


Leeds: 15 Leigh Hinton, 14 Peter Wackett, 13 Henry Fa’afili, 12 Scott Barrow, 11 Lee Blackett, 10 Joe Ford, 9 Joe Bedford, 8 Rhys Oakley, 7 Calum Clark, 6 Jon Pendlebury, 5 Marco Wentzel (c), 4 Erik Lund, 3 Peter Bucknall, 2 Andy Titterrell, 1 Gareth Hardy


Replacements: 16 Vili Ma’asi, 17 Mike MacDonald, 18 Juan Gomez, 19 Phil Murphy, 20 Kearnan Myall, 21 Andy Gomarsall, 22 Ceiron Thomas, 23 Richard Welding.

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