A disappointing result for Connacht Rugby tonight as a fired up Ospreys ran in three tries in the final ten minutes of the game to record a bonus point win in Galway.

It was a marked improved Connacht performance from round 1 and the hosts trailed just 3 – 10 at the break after outhalves Sam Davies and Jack Carty exchanged early penalties. Ospreys captain Rhys Webb got over for the first try of the game following a 5-metre scrum for the Welsh side on the half hour mark.

Half time: Connacht 3 – 10 Ospreys

The home side scored first after the break with a successful shot at goal from Carty five minutes after the restart. Ospreys were reduced to 14 men after a yellow card to their number 8 for a high tackle and Connacht made the most of the advantage with a well worked team try dotted down by Eoin McKeon to put Pat Lam’s men in front for the first time.

But Davies clawed back the lead with a penalty just after the hour mark. At 11 – 18, Connacht tried to fashion a draw in the closing stages of the game but Ospreys punished mistakes and ran in three tries in just eight minutes.

Full time: Connacht 11 – 32 Ospreys

CONNACHT: Tiernan O’Halloran; Niyi Adeolokun, Eoin Griffin, Bundee Aki, Matt Healy; Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion; Ronan Loughney, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham; Ultan Dillane, Daniel Qualter; Eoin McKeon, James Connolly, John Muldoon (capt).

Replacements: JP Cooney for Bealham (60 mins), S O’Leary for Carty (66 mins), C Blade for Marmion, L Stevenson for Qualter (both 68 mins).

OSPREYS: Dan Evans; Jeff Hassler, Ben John, Josh Matavesi, Eli Walker; Sam Davies, Rhys Webb (capt); Nicky Smith, Sam Parry, Dmitri Arhip; Bradley Davies, Rory Thornton; Olly Cracknell, Justin Tipuric, Tyler Ardron.

Replacements: Ashley for Thornton (44 mins), P James for Smith, M Fia for Arhip (both 56 mins), J King for Cracknell (60 mins), S Baldwin for Parry (66 mins), T Habberfield for Walker (74 mins).

Sin Bin: Ardron (51 mins).

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales).

 

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