Ospreys steal late win at the Rec

Bath Rugby 10 v Ospreys 13

Ospreys stole a late 10-13 win over Bath Rugby at the Recreation Ground this afternoon in the final round of the LV= Cup, ending the home sides hopes of qualification to the knock-out stages.

After an evenly matched opening quarter, Richard Lane got Bath on the scoreboard. Tom Ellis had gathered on to a loose ball, allowing Horacio Agulla, making his 50th appearance for the home side, to carve a sweeping run through the Ospreys defence. Ollie Devoto found Sam Burgess in space, and the centre put in a clever chip ahead for Lane to pounce on to and slide over the line. 5-0.

A Sam Davies penalty five minutes later saw the visitors record their first points of the game. The Welsh region had been battling at the try line, and referee Dean Richards decided that Stuart Hooper had infringed in the red zone, awarding the penalty and showing a yellow card to Bath's captain.

The Bath set-piece was largely dominant, providing a strong platform from which the home side could attack. Opsreys looshead Marc Thomas found himself spending 10 minutes on the sideline after a similar offence to Hooper's, and the extra man advantage allowed Bath to get their next score. Another powerful drive from the lineout sent Max Lahiff powering over from short range for his first try in Bath colours with five minutes remaining of the first-half.

Half-time score: 10-3.

The second-half started in a similar fashion to the first, with neither side being able to work out a way to gain the advantage.

The intent was clear from the home side, with kicks at goal turned down in favour of kicks to touch and a chance to cross the tryline. Bath spent large periods of the second 40 hammering at the Ospreys 22, but the visiting defence stood strong, soaking up wave after wave of pressure. A yellow card to Aisea Natoga for a deliberate knock-on saw the Ospreys again reduced to 14 men, but Bath were unable to capitalise, despite their forward dominance.

A penalty from Davies 10 minutes from time reduced the deficit to four minutes, and the chance at victory lifted the Welsh region. An infringement from Bath on the half-way line enabled Davies to break, dart through the defence and offload to replacement Matthew Dwyer who was on his shoulder. The hooker charged over the line from close range, and with Davies' conversion, the score won the game for the visitors at the death.

Final score: 10-13.

Match details

Recreation Ground
Anglo-Welsh Cup
7 February 2015
KO 15:00

Attendance: 13,349
Referee: Dean Richards
Half Time score: 10-3

Bath:
Tries: Lane (13), Lahiff (36)
Ospreys:
Tries: Dwyer (78)
Conversions: Davies (79)
Penalties: Davies (18, 69)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Ospreys.

14'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 0 Ospreys

Richard Lane scores for Bath.

18'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Stuart Hooper for ten minutes.

18'

Substitution

Dan Suter replaces Cai Griffiths for Ospreys.

19'

Penalty Goal! Bath 5 - 3 Ospreys

Sam Davies kicks a penalty goal for Ospreys.

34'

Yellow Card!

Ospreys lose Marc Thomas for ten minutes.

37'

Try for Bath! Bath 10 - 3 Ospreys

Max Lahiff scores for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 10 - 3 Ospreys.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Semesa Rokoduguni replaces Richard Lane for Bath.

44'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Ben John replaces Josh Matavesi for Ospreys.

51'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Will Homer for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Ieuan Jones replaces Joe Bearman for Ospreys.

55'

Substitution

Alafoti Faosiliva replaces Guy Mercer for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Matthew Dwyer replaces Scott Otten for Ospreys.

56'

Substitution

Duncan Jones replaces Marc Thomas for Ospreys.

56'

Yellow Card!

Ospreys lose Aisea Natoga for ten minutes.

58'

Substitution

Luke Arscott replaces Olly Woodburn for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Beno Obano replaces Max Lahiff for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces Kane Palma-Newport for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Tyler Ardron replaces Sam Lewis for Ospreys.

67'

Substitution

Hanno Dirksen replaces Aisea Natoga for Ospreys.

67'

Substitution

Leroy Houston replaces Carl Fearns for Bath.

70'

Penalty Goal! Bath 10 - 6 Ospreys

Sam Davies kicks a penalty goal for Ospreys.

74'

Substitution

Tom Habberfield replaces Martin Roberts for Ospreys.

79'

Try for Ospreys! Bath 10 - 11 Ospreys

Matthew Dwyer scores for Ospreys.

80'

Substitution

Carl Fearns replaces David Sisi for Bath.

80'

Conversion! Bath 10 - 13 Ospreys

Sam Davies with a conversion for Ospreys.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Ospreys.

Final score: Bath 10 - 13 Ospreys.