Sunday, October 05, 2008

Ospreys snatch victory from Harlequins at the death

Ospreys snatch victory from Harlequins at the death

The Ospreys narrowly avoided what would have been a surprise home defeat to Harlequins in the EDF Energy Cup match at Liberty Stadium on Sunday. A late try from Tommy Bowe, followed by a crucial conversion from James Hook, was the difference between the two sides in the end.

Ospreys coach Sean Holley admitted there were a few bruised egos as the star studded side snatched victory by 24-23 as Hooks injury-time conversion flew through the uprights.

Harlequins, who were missing several key Guinness Premiership starters, were dejected at the final whistle after having done so well to comeback from being 14-3 down to outscore Ospreys Ospreys 20-10 in the second half. And with a few minutes in the match left, it looked like the celebrations would be theirs.

"It was a classic get out of jail situation, said Holley.

It was a bit too close for comfort. Quins deserve a lot of credit - they were very tenacious - and there are clearly elements of the game for us to work on.

"Perhaps everyone in the world, except the 22 guys in the Quins dressing room, expected a 50-pointer. We are making no excuses. We were really tested, but apart from an injury to Sonny Parker, there were no other problems, just a few bruised egos."

Bowes late try meant that they were one behind, with the conversion to come from Hook, who had been struggling with his kicking all match.

Time: 02:25

Posted by Rugbydump at 9:22 pm | View Comments (13)

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mitch October 05, 2008 8:09 pm

close match.come on ospreys

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Anonymous October 05, 2008 8:57 pm

hook gets the ones that really matter lolhenson looked sharp on his comeback

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BC22 October 05, 2008 9:04 pm

The profusion of pink in professional European rugby is starting to worry me.

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geoff October 05, 2008 10:10 pm

bc22 > What pink? Quins jersey has the same colours they've always had (not pink). Ospreys are black, red and white.You obv missed this one too >

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Anonymous October 05, 2008 10:18 pm

i want tommy bowe dead

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baz October 06, 2008 7:11 am

great kick from hook under pressure at the end, similar to the one he slotted against sale in the hec

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samitarugby October 06, 2008 12:34 pm

i can't believe they won - what a flukey try! damn the ospreys.

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geraint October 06, 2008 1:36 pm

Anonymous it's fair enough to feel gutted that your team lost (im guessing that it is your team) but that comment is completely out of order.Only saw the last ten minutes of this game, seemed like a typical ospreys performance, some of the best players in the world yet they still play crap.

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FrankyH October 06, 2008 4:45 pm

Nice kick under pressure. Shoddy crowd attendance though unfortunately.

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StadeFrancaisSucks October 06, 2008 4:56 pm

Maybe the next step will be stade francais and ospreys players posing almost naked together and making a calendar so then it will get more "people" in to the game and they will have the same kit with pink flowers etc

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Anonymous October 06, 2008 8:30 pm

shane williams scored YET again!!!he may have only run it in this time but his stats are getting scary now lol

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Anonymous October 08, 2008 9:15 pm

Yea, anon above me, and one strange thing is that Shaney has scored more tries for Wales (43) than he has for the Ospreys (42). Probably wont stay that way for long tho.-Dune

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