Ospreys shock Toulouse in Heineken Cup

Eli Walker has been called into the Wales squad

The Ospreys pulled off one of their biggest shocks in the Heineken Cup when they beat four time champions Toulouse 17-6 at the Liberty Stadium.


The Ospreys scored the only try of the Pool 2 match in the second half when man of the match Eli Walker crossed and scored in the corner.


Toulouse botched a chance to take a losing bonus point at the death of the match when their backline broke out but Vincent Clerc could not find Maxime Medard and the ball rolled into touch.


The result puts the Ospreys third in Pool 2 but keeps them alive in the pool as leaders Leicester still have to play Toulouse in January. 


Ospreys could still finish on top of the Pool if Leicester and Toulouse cancel each other out with draws. 


The Ospreys, whose two wins in this season’s competition are the only ones from 10 games Welsh sides have played in, scored the one try of the game through man of the match Eli Walker against a Toulouse side that totally under-performed.


Toulouse general manager Guy Noves conceded that his side had not deserved to win.


“We knew that we wouldn’t earn our spot in the knockout stages even if we won here and similarly we knew if we lost we wouldn’t be eliminated,” he said.


“But I’m disappointed by our performance. I was expecting something else. There are a lot of things to be said to the team about this match, that is for sure.”


Ospreys, who had never beaten Toulouse in three previous meetings, got off to the better start as they needed to do in a match they had to win to stay in contention for the knockout stage.


Fly-half Dan Biggar knocked over an early penalty and then a well-taken drop goal to give them a 6-0 lead and the hosts received another boost in 25th minute when Toulouse’s Argentinian lock Patricio Albacete was sin-binned for over zealous use of the boot.


However, Jean-Marc Doussain, normally a scrum-half but having to slot in at fly-half in place of the injured Luke McAlister, reduced the deficit with a penalty shortly before the half hour mark.


Biggar restored the six-point advantage with another penalty but Doussain dropped a goal on the stroke of half-time to make it 9-6 to the hosts.


Doussain missed a kickeable penalty in the 56th minute which would have drawn Toulouse level and four minutes later the visitors’ woeful display got worse when experienced flanker Jean Bouilhou was sin-binned for a high tackle on the outstanding 20-year-old wing Walker.


Walker made them pay double for that as he was released on the left wing and evaded a dreadful attempt at a tackle by opposite number Yoann Huget to touch down.


Biggar missed the conversion to leave it at 17-6 and hard as Toulouse tried they were unable to make any inroads.


Final Score Ospreys 17 (9) Toulouse 6 (6)


Scorers


Ospreys
Tries: Walker
Penalties: Biggar 3
Drop-goals: Biggar


Toulouse
Penalties: Doussain
Drop-goals: Doussain


Match Officials
Referee
: George Clancy (Ire),
Assistant ref: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ire),
Assistant ref: Richard Kerr (Ire),
TMO: Kevin Beggs (Ire),
Citing Commisioner: Tony Lanaway (Eng)


Teams


Ospreys: Richard Fussell; Ross Jones, Andrew Bishop, Ashley Beck, Eli Walker; Dan Biggar, Kahn Fotuali’I (c); Ryan Bevington, Richard Hibbard, Campbell Johnstone, Ian Gough, James King, Ryan Jones, Justin Tipuric, Joe Bearman.


Replacements: Scott Baldwin, Duncan Jones, Adam Jones, Lloyd Peers, George Stowers, Rhys Webb, Matthew Morgan, Thomas Isaacs.


Toulouse: Maxime Medard; Vincent Clerc, Yann David, Gael Fickou, Yoann Huget; Jean Marc Doussain, Luke Burgess; Vasil Kakovin, Gary Botha, Census Johnston, Yoann Mae

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