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OSPREYS 32 SAINTS 15 Late tries not enough for Saints

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

Northampton Saints could not overcome the Ospreys despite a steely performance at a rain-soaked Liberty Stadium, as the Welsh region won 32-8 on Sunday.

The hosts led 11-0 at the interval with Dmitri Arhip scoring the only try of a first half where Saints enjoyed the lion’s share of the territory with little reward.

Harry Mallinder’s try right after the break swiftly followed by a Piers Francis penalty had Saints in the ascendancy, but replacement Rhys Webb crossed twice to keep the visitors at arm’s length.

Ospreys made a fast start as after a couple of early testing kicks out of hand, winger Ben John cut inside and with Tom Habberfield there in support, the hosts could work the ball wide for Arhip to score.

Sam Davies missed the conversion however and at 5-0 down, Saints enjoyed a good period of possession with Piers Francis pinning the Welsh side deep in their own territory with a couple of tricky up-and-unders.

And Saints came so close to levelling the scores with a brilliant set-piece play from a lineout after 15 minutes; Ben Foden cut a superb line but Mallinder’s offload just evaded Ahsee Tuala outside him with the try-line at his mercy.

Davies found his range from the kicking tee with two penalties before the half-hour mark to make it 11-0, with Saints infringing at the breakdown before a scrum penalty also went against them.

Saints came close again to scoring when Jeff Hassler was penalised for a high tackle inside Ospreys’ 22, but the visitors lost possession after kicking for the corner as Davies picked off Francis’ attempted offload.

But Northampton were on the board just after the break, taking advantage of a botched Ospreys lineout and after an excellent chase from Michael Paterson, Francis’ cross-field kick was collected well by Tuala and Mallinder squeezed into the corner.

Francis missed the lineout but nailed a penalty just two minutes later with Ospreys pinged at the breakdown in front of the posts, and Saints were now right back in it at 11-8.

Ospreys rallied however and took advantage of a friendly bounce when the ball came loose in contact; Davies opened the door with a break and replacement scrum-half Webb – on at the interval – sniped over.

The next score was absolutely vital and, with 14 minutes remaining, it went the way of the Ospreys. Dan Evans found room in the midfield and scythed through, offloading to Owen Waktin who in turn found Justin Tipuric to finish off.

Webb again finished from close range shortly after before Saints mounted somewhat of a late comeback, sending Reece Marshall over in the game's dying moments. Mallinder added the extras but it was not enough for the Northampton outfit.

 

OSPREYS: Evans; John, Fonotia, Watkin, Hassler; S Davies, Habberfield; Smith, Baldwin, Arhip, B Davies, Jones (capt), Lydiate, Cracknell, Tipuric
Replacements: Otten, James, Fia, Beard, McCusker, Webb, Biggar, Beck

SAINTS: Mallinder; Tuala, Horne, Stephenson, Foden (capt); Francis, Groom; van Wyk, Haywood, Ford-Robinson, Ribbans, Paterson, Gibson, Harrison, Ludlam
Replacements: Marshall, Ma’afu, Hill, Ratuniyarawa, Eadie, Reinach, Burrell, Pisi

TIMELINE
2’ OSPREYS Try Arhip 5-0
24’ OSPREYS Penalty Davies 8-0
29’ OSPREYS Penalty Davies 11-0
HALF TIME Ospreys 11-0 Saints
46’ SAINTS Try Mallinder 11-5
49’ SAINTS Penalty Francis 11-8
55’ OSPREYS Try Webb, Conversion Davies 18-8
66’ OSPREYS Try Tipuric, Conversion Davies 25-8
68’ OSPREYS Try Webb, Conversion Davies 32-8
80' SAINTS Try Marshall, Conversion Mallinder 32-15
FULL TIME Ospreys 32-15 Saints

Match

Ospreys vs Northampton Saints

Match Details

FT ScoreFull Time Score

Ospreys 32-15 Saints

Attendance

6,947

Referee

Marius Mitrea

Ospreys Rugby
Ospreys
32

Summary

Full Time

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
15

Starting LineupNorthampton Saints

13

Rob Horne

12

Tom Stephenson

11

Ben Foden

9

Nic Groom

3

Jamal Ford-Robinson

5

Michael Paterson

6

Jamie Gibson

SubsNorthampton Saints

17

Campese Ma'afu

20

Mitch Eadie

21

Cobus Reinach

22

Luther Burrell

23

Ken Pisi

Opposition LineupOspreys Rugby

15
Dan Evans
14
Ben John
13
Kieron Fonotia
12
Owen Watkin
11
Jeff Hassler
10
Sam Davies
9
Tom Habberfield
1
Nicky Smith
2
Scott Baldwin
3
Dmitri Arhip
4
Bradley Davies
5
Alun Wyn Jones
6
Dan Lydiate
7
Justin Tipuric
8
Olly Cracknell

SubsOspreys Rugby

16
Scott Otten
17
Paul James
18
Ma'afu Fia
19
Adam Beard
20
Rob McCusker
21
Rhys Webb
22
Dan Biggar
23
Ashley Beck
Rugby

Saints name team for Champions Cup trip to Ospreys

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

Interim head coach Alan Dickens had made five changes to Northampton Saints’ starting line-up for this weekend’s clash against the Ospreys.

Saints travel to south Wales on Sunday, kick-off 3pm, looking to get back to winning ways after last weekend’s spirited comeback against the region at Franklin’s Gardens fell just short.

Courtney Lawes is rested and Dylan Hartley is out through illness, with Luther Burrell and Lewis Ludlam moving to the bench.

Tom Stephenson comes into inside centre in the only change to the starting back line, having recovered from the hamstring injury has that kept him out since the start of the month, while Ben Foden captains the side on the wing.

Hooker Mikey Haywood packs down alongside Francois van Wyk and Jamal Ford-Robinson in the front row, and Michael Paterson comes in to partner David Ribbans in the engine room.

And the final two changes are in the back row, flankers Jamie Gibson and Tom Wood lining up either side of Teimana Harrison – who wears the No.8 jersey again after an impressive showing last time out.

Saints scored five tries in a whirlwind second half last week but could not haul back the Ospreys before the final whistle, and Dickens takes charge of the side for the first time at the Liberty Stadium.

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OSPREYS V SAINTS TEAM NEWS
European Champions Cup Round Four
The Liberty Stadium
Sunday 17 December, 2017
Kick-off: 3.15pm  

 OSPREYSSAINTS  

15 Dan Evans
14 Ben John
13 Kieron Fonotia
12 Owen Watkin
11 Jeff Hassler
10 Sam Davies
9 Tom Habberfield

1 Nicky Smith
2 Scott Baldwin
3 Dmitri Arhip
4 Bradley Davies
5 Alun Wyn Jones (capt)
6 Dan Lydiate
7 Justin Tipuric
8 Olly Cracknell 

Replacements:
16 Scott Otten
17 Paul James
18 Ma’afu Fia
19 Adam Beard
20 Rob McCusker
21 Rhys Webb
22 Dan Biggar
23 Ashley Beck

 

15 Harry Mallinder
14 Ahsee Tuala
13 Rob Horne
12 Tom Stephenson
11 Ben Foden (capt)
10 Piers Francis
9 Nic Groom 

1 Francois van Wyk
2 Mikey Haywood
3 Jamal Ford-Robinson
4 David Ribbans
5 Michael Paterson
6 Jamie Gibson
7 Tom Wood
8 Teimana Harrison 

Replacements:
16 Reece Marshall
17 Campese Ma’afu
18 Paul Hill
19 Api Ratuniyarawa
20 Lewis Ludlam
21 Cobus Reinach
22 Luther Burrell
23 Ken Pisi

 

 

Injury update:
Kieran Brookes (hand), Charlie Clare (knee), Tom Collins (foot), George North (knee), Alex Waller (arm), Stephen Myler (calf) and Dylan Hartley (illness) are unavailable for selection.

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3
Ospreys Rugby
OspreysOSP6213152148418163215
4
Northampton Saints
Northampton SaintsNOR6105115239-1241631206
Form Guide

Form

LLLLL

Last match

Lost to Harlequins 29-49

Past meeting

Won 26-13
Full Time
Ospreys Rugby
Ospreys
32
Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
15