Ospreys edge Sale Sharks in Anglo Welsh LV Cup

The Ospreys edged English Premiership side Sale Sharks 37-36 in the Anglo Welsh LV= Cup at the Bridgend Ford Brewery Field on Friday.

Aisea Natoga sealed his hat-trick in dramatic fashion by also winning the match
for the Ospreys against Sale Sharks, Sam Davies adding the crucial conversion
to leave the final score at 37-36.

Sale had lead 28-13 at half-time thanks to a dominant first-half performance
that included a hat-trick for recent number eight signing Viliami Fihaki.

But the Sharks could only produce a five-pointer from Mike Haley in the second
half as the Ospreys came roaring back, Davies showing fine form with the boot
and Dan Baker grabbing a try, before Natoga and Davies combined to snatch the
win.

Final Score Ospreys 37 (13) Sale Sharks 36 (28)

Scorers

Ospreys
Tries – Natoga (3), Baker T
Pen -Davies (3)
Con – Davies (4)
Drop –

Sale Sharks
Tries – Fihaki (3), Ingall, Haley
Pen – Ford
Con – Ford (4)
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee:
Craig Evans (WRU, 1st competition game).
Assistant Referees: Wayne Davies and Jon Mason (WRU)

Teams

Ospreys: 15 Richard Fussell, 14 Tom Grabham, 13 Jonathan Spratt (c), 12 Matthew Jenkins, 11 Aisea Natoga, 10 Sam Davies, 9 Tom Habberfield, 8 Dan Baker, 7 Lloyd Evans, 6 Tyler Ardron, 5 Rhodri Hughes, 4 Lloyd Peers, 3 Dan Suter, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Nicky Smith.

Replacements: 16 Matthew Dwyer, 17 Marc Thomas, 18 Joe Rees, 19 Perry Parker, 20 Morgan Allen, 21 Arthur Ellis, 22 Matthew Morgan, 23 Ashley Beck.

Sale Sharks: 15 Mike Haley, 14 Phil MacKenzie, 13 Andy Forsyth, 12 Mark Jennings, 11 Charlie Ingall, 10 Joe Ford, 9 Will Cliff, 8 Viliami Fihaki, 7 Andrew Hughes, 6 Mark Easter (c), 5 Tom Holmes, 4 Jonathan Mills, 3 Tony Buckley, 2 Dan Baines, 1 Aston Croall.

Replacements: 16 Marc Jones, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 Vadim Cobilas, 19 James Gaskell, 20 David Seymour, 21 Nathan Fowles, 22 Nick Macleod, 23 Tom Arscott

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