Leinster too strong for Ospreys in Heineken Cup

Former Champions Leinster secured an away Heineken Cup victory when they beat the Ospreys 9-19 at Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

A try from Ireland flanker Sean O’Brien converted by Kiwi fly-half Jimmy Gopperth,
who also kicked four penalties, was enough for Leinster to scrape past perennial
under-achievers Ospreys, for whom Dan Biggar notched up three penalties.

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip admitted his side had “won the war of attrition”.

“That game could have gone either way,” the No 8 told Sky Sports.

“We’ve got a lot to work on for next week.”

More to follow.

Final Score Ospreys 9 (6) Leinster 19 (13)

Scorers

Ospreys
Tries –
Pen – Biggar 3
Con –
Drop –

Leinster
Tries – O’Brien
Pen – Gopperth 4
Con – Gopperth
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee:
Wayne Barnes (England),
Assistant ref: Tim Wigglesworth (England),
Assistant ref: Paul Dix (England),
TMO: Geoff Warren (England),
Citing Commissioner: Shaun Gallagher (Ireland)

Teams

Ospreys: Richard Fussell; Ben John, Andrew Bishop, Ashley Beck, Eli Walker; Dan Biggar, Tito Tebaldi; Duncan Jones, Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones, Alun Wyn Jones (c), James King, Ryan Jones, Justin Tipuric, Joe Bearman

Replacements: Scott Baldwin, Ryan Bevington, Aaron Jarvis, Tyler Ardron, Sam Lewis, Thomas Habberfield, Matthew Morgan , Jeff Hassler

Leinster Rugby: Rob Kearney; Fergus McFadden, Brendan Macken, Gordon D’Arcy, Dave Kearney; Jimmy Gopperth, Isaac Boss; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Mike Ross, Devin Toner, Mike McCarthy, Kevin McLaughlin, Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip (c)

Replacements: Aaron Dundon, Jack McGrath, Martin Moore, Quinn Roux, Rhys Ruddock, Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan, Luke Fitzgerald

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