Monday 22 May 2017

Ospreys sign off on high

Ospreys 29 Toulon 17

Wales wing Shane Williams came off the replacements' bench for his first game in 10 weeks to inspire a lacklustre Ospreys to victory over Toulon in their final Heineken Cup Pool 3 clash at the Liberty Stadium.



The Ospreys, who had already failed to reach the knockout stages, looked likely to lose to the French pool winners until Williams entered the fray just before the hour mark, creating a score for fellow wing Nikki Walker just five minutes later.

He showed his magic despite not playing since damaging his shoulder in action for Wales against South Africa in November. Ospreys trailed 14-9 at the interval, leaking two tries through Rory Lamont and Matt Henjak.

Williams then came off the bench and just five minutes into his first game for two months he created a try for Walker with a neat scissors pass. James Hook's conversion put the Ospreys 19-17 ahead.

A Hook penalty and a try for skipper Alun Wyn Jones five minutes from the end extended Ospreys' home Heineken Cup winning record to 12 matches going back to 2005. The result also means Toulon will face an away trip in their last-eight tie.

Scorers -- Ospreys: Wyn Jones, Walker try each; Hook 2 pens, 2 cons; Biggar 3 pens. Toulon: Lamont, Henjak try each; Wilkinson pen, 2 cons.

Ospreys: L Byrne; N Walker, S Parker, J Hook, R Fussell (A Beck 56); D Biggar (S Williams 57), R Webb (M Phillips 57); D Jones (R Bevington 50), R Hibbard (H Bennett 69), C Mitchell, I Gough (J Collins 58), AW Jones (Capt), R Jones, J Tipuric, J Thomas (M Holah 78).

Toulon: R Lamont; B Lapeyre, G Messina, M Kefu (J El Abd 58), T Brana; J Wilkinson (T May 56), M Henjak (Capt, L Magnava 63); S Taumoepeau (B Basteres 58), J Genevois (M Ivaldi 19), C Hayman, J Suta, D Senekal (K Chesney 52), O Missoup, T Sourice, F Auelua

Referee: W Barnes (RFU).

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