Saracens hold on to beat Ospreys at Wembley

Saracens held on to beat the Ospreys 28-23 in Pool 5 of the Heineken Cup at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.


Saracens were leading 23-13 at half time but Owen Farrell was shown a yellow card and whilst he was in the sin-bin the Ospreys clawed their way to trail to within 5 points.

Welsh prop Rhys Gill scrambled over for the opening score after two minutes
and Owen Farrell had no problem adding the extras with the boot.

Dan Biggar and Farrell then exchanged penalties before Ospreys centre Ashley
Beck grabbed his side’s first try and Biggar’s conversion levelled up the scores.

But the English Champions soon forced their way back in front courtesy of a
try from Ernst Joubert

Biggar added his second penalty but six points from Farrell before the interval
gave the hosts a commanding position going into the tunnel.

The Ospreys needed to score first at the start of the second period and they
did exactly that with Biggar slotting home another penalty for the Welsh side.

Saracens wing Chris Wyles crossed for Saracens’ third try and Beck then collected
his second score for the Ospreys.

Farrell and Biggar exchanged further penalties but Saracens held on to take
the victory.

Saracens forward Ernst Joubert was named man of the match.

Final Score Saracens 28 (23) Ospreys 23 (13)


Scorers


Saracens
Tries: Gill, Joubert, Wyles
Penalties: Farrell 3
Conversions: Farrell 2


Ospreys
Tries: Bowe, Beck
Penalties: Biggar 3
Conversions: Biggar 2


Referee: Pascal Gauzere (France)


Saracens: A Goode; D Strettle, O Farrell, B Barritt, C Wyles; C Hodgson, B Spencer; R Gill, S Brits, M Stevens, S Borthwick [capt], M Botha, K Brown, J Burger, E Joubert


Replacements: J George, D Carstens, C Nieto, G Kruis, A Saull, P Stringer, A Powell, J Short


Ospreys: R Fussell; T Bowe, A Bishop, A Beck, S Williams; D Biggar, R Webb; D Jones, R Hibbard, A Jones, R Jones, J Thomas, T Smith [capt], J Tipuric, J Bearman


Replacements: H Bennett, R Bevington, A Jarvis, I Gough, G Stowers, T Isaacs, M Morgan , S Parker

With thanks to ERCRugby.

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