Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tommy Bowe got his new Ospreys career off to an excellent start against Cardiff in the Magners League on Tuesday night, scoring a try and contributing towards a dominant all round second half performance which saw them shooting to the top of the table, picking up a four try bonus point in the process.
Irish winger Bowe, a summer signing from Ulster, put on a great display, of which the try was not the only highlight. He regularly beat first time tacklers and looked very handy indeed.
Fullback Lee Byrne himself had a storming match, as did Shane Williams who scored within three minutes, but it was this try by Bowe that we've chosen to show you as it featured a superb bit of control, and of course, a good bounce.
Welsh flyhalf James Hook's clever cross-kick exploited the space, and Bowe improvised well to hack at it with the boot, resulting in a half-volley that popped the ball over Cardiff fullback Ben Blair. The generous bounce allowed him to collect and cross unopposed for his first Ospreys try.
Bowe realises it'll be tough going competing for places in such a strong squad, but relishes the challenge.
"The strength in depth in the Ospreys squad is phenomenal," said Bowe.
"I couldn't believe it when I joined, there were quality international players wherever I looked.
"And on the right wing it's no different as I'll have develop into a top, top player to keep out Shane (Williams) and Nikki Walker."
If his start is anything to go by, he shouldn't have too much to worry about.