Ospreys beat Munster in Pro12 League

Ospreys continued their reign at the top of the Pro12 with a 13-17 victory in the final match of the ‘Perfect day’ for the Welsh at Thomond Park.


Yet another Man of the Match worthy performance from Dan Biggar helped to maintain the Ospreys’ unblemished record in this first phase of the Pro12 with a performance Munster would rather forget.


The game was tight from start to finish and the defensive efforts of both sides saw to it that this was never going to be a high scoring game as the top two sides matched each other stroke for stroke, right down to strikes of the cross bar and Yellow card hauls.


Sean Holley’s men did, however leave it late. Thanks to a try from Danny Barnes in the first half, Ospreys were left trailing at the break despite having much of the territory. They even failed to breach the Munster defence whilst they were down to 14 after Stephen Archer’s repeated indiscretions at the scram saw him take a 10 minute rest.


The break for them, ironically came while their Captain Justin Tipuric was having his own period of reflection when Barry Davies got in the way of a pass dangerously close to the Ospreys whitewash and took it most of the length of the field before offloading it to Hanno Dirksen who gifted Rhys Webb with the spoils and saw them go ahead by one point.


Munster continued to defend powerfully from there but lacked the attacking spark required to prevent the Ospreys getting deep into their 22 to set up a drop goal that ricocheted from the posts, calming Irish nerves and mirroring Keatley’s penalty attempt a few minutes earlier.


Ospreys held firm and maintained their one point lead till the very last move of the game, when Dan Biggar added insult to injury with a kick that made its way straight between the uprights.


Final Score Munster 13 (10) Ospreys 17 (6)


Scorers


Munster
Tries : Barnes
Con : Keatley
Pen : Keatley (2)
Yellow Card : Archer (yellow)


Ospreys
Tries : Webb
Pen : Biggar (4)
Card : Tipuric (yellow)


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