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Unbeaten Leinster come from behind to see off Ospreys

07 Jan 2023 2 minute read
Liberty Stadium rugby.jpg by Chris Jobling from Swansea, UK, Wales is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Leinster crossed for two late tries to stretch their winning streak in the URC to a dozen games with a last-ditch 24-19 win against the Ospreys in Swansea.

The home side led for 63 minutes of the contest but full-back Hugo Keenan and wing Jimmy O’Brien crossed the whitewash to clinch a victory for the leaders.

A late Cai Evans penalty salvaged a bonus point for the Welsh team, who pushed the Dubliners all the way in this compelling clash.

Wing Keelan Giles had crossed for the game’s first try but Leinster hit back with hooker Dan Sheehan just before the break.

The Ospreys produced a resolute defensive performance and dominated the scrum despite having to live off scraps of possession and losing the territory battle to Leinster.

The hosts had been on a impressive three-match unbeaten run but that ended with this defeat to a side many expect to be in contention for the title.

The sides went in 10-10 at half-time following tries by wing Giles and hooker Sheehan, but the talking point of the half was some superb defence and dominant scrum by the home side.

Giles had been the recipient of superb blindside move for the Ospreys after a break from the base of the scrum by number eight Morgan Morris sent the wing away, with help from scrum-half Reuben Morgan-Williams.

The visitors replied with hooker Sheehan crashing over out wide after the home side’s defence ran out of numbers.

Leinster had more ball and territory but could not break down the home side’s resolute defence and were forced into uncharacteristic errors for a side at the top of the table.

Evans’ accuracy with the boot had the Welsh side 16-10 ahead in the 54th minute, before the late tries, scored after a sustained period of pressure, snatched victory for Leinster.

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