Pro14: Ospreys struggle again to earn deserved 26-20 away win over Connacht
|Connacht (17) 20|
|Tries: Wootton, Boyle Cons: Fitzgerald 2 Pens: Fitzgerald 2|
|Ospreys (5) 26|
|Tries: North, Protheroe, Webb 2 Cons: Meyler 3|
Ospreys fought again from 17-5 down at half-time to deservedly clinch a 26-20 away win over Connacht within the Pro14.
George North’s attempt put Ospreys forward however Alex Wootton’s breakaway rating and Peter Boyle’s landing in injury-time left Connacht 12 up on the interval.
However Mat Protheroe’s rating boosted Ospreys earlier than Rhys Webb sniped his method over to assist the guests lead 19-17.
A Conor Fitzgerald penalty restored Connacht’s lead however Webb completed off a maul to notch the match-clinching attempt.
Ospreys had been full worth for his or her victory as they recorded a sixth win in seven matches.
They may have been scratching their heads at half-time to determine why they had been thus far in arrears after losing a number of scoring probabilities.
However the guests minimize out the dealing with errors within the second half with some marvellous working rugby as Webb, neglected of Wales’ Six Nations squad, helped them take management of the competition.
Protheroe’s Forty seventh-minute attempt after an outstanding transfer got here despite the fact that Ospreys had been right down to 14 males after Justin Tipuric’s yellow carding and the rating was essential in turning the sport within the guests’ favour.
Extra to observe.
Connacht: John Porch; Peter Sullivan, Tom Daly, Peter Robb, Alex Wootton; Conor Fitzgerald, Kieran Marmion; Denis Buckley, Dave Heffernan, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Gavin Thornbury, Jarrad Butler (capt), Conor Oliver, Paul Boyle.
Replacements: Shane Delahunt, Matthew Burke, Conor Kenny, Niall Murray, Abraham Papali’i, Caolin Blade, Bundee Aki, Matt Healy.
Ospreys: Dan Evans; George North, Owen Watkin, Kieran Williams, Mat Protheroe; Stephen Myler, Rhys Webb; Rhodri Jones, Sam Parry, Ma’afu Fia, Adam Beard, Rhys Davies, Will Griffiths, Justin Tipuric (capt), Dan Lydiate.
Replacements: Ifan Phillips, Gareth Thomas, Tom Botha, Lloyd Ashley, Morgan Morris, Reuben Morgan-Williams, Josh Thomas, Keelan Giles.
Referee: Frank Murphy (IRFU)
Assistant referees: Chris Busby, Rob O’Sullivan (each IRFU)
TMO: Olly Hodges (IRFU)