Thursday 14 December 2017

Connacht fail to find cutting edge

CONNACHT 6 OSPREYS 17

JOHN FALLON

Connacht fell to their seventh successive defeat in all competitions when they were ousted by leaders Ospreys at the Sportsground last night.

Connacht were on top in the opening half when they had the elements but still trailed by four points at the break. Miah Nikora got Connacht off the mark with a kick after 15 minutes, after Ospreys were penalised for not rolling away. Ospreys' first attack of note yielded a score when Dave Gannon was penalised for offside and Morgan converted the penalty.

Their next worthwhile attack yielded the opening try when scrum-half Rhys Webb stepped inside Connacht loosehead prop Brett Wilkinson and Morgan got round Connacht full-back Gavin Duffy to touch down.

Connacht hit back almost immediately and Nikora landed a good penalty.

Ospreys wrapped up the game after 62 minutes. Prop Duncan Jones broke off a lineout and Ospreys piled on the pressure for Fussell to send Sonny Parker over for the try.

Scorers -- Connacht: Pens: Nikora (2)

Ospreys: Tries: Morgan, Parker Cons: Morgan (2) Pen: Morgan

Connacht: G Duffy; B Tuohy (M McCrea, 68), D McSharry, H Fa'afili, T O'Halloran; M Nikora (N O'Connor, 51), P O'Donohoe (F Murphy, 51); B Wilkinson (R Loughney 54), A Flavin (E Reynecke, 54), R Ah You; D Gannon, G Naoupu; TJ Anderson (M Kearney, 40), J Muldoon, R Ofisa (E Grace, 70).

Ospreys: B Davies; T Bowe (H Dirksen, 74), A Bishop, A Beck (S Parker, 53), R Fussell; M Morgan, R Webb; D Jones, R Hibbard (M Davies, 74), A Jarvis (C Griffiths, 57); I Gough (L Peers, 77), J King; T Smith, C O'Toole (G Stowers, 54), J Bearman.

Referee: A McMenemy (SRU).

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