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Ospreys and Leinster share spoils
27 Feb 2015 22:10
Ospreys 9-9 Leinster
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Ospreys passed up a golden opportunity to climb back into the Guinness Pro12 play-off places as a final-minute Jimmy Gopperth penalty sealed a 9-9 draw for Leinster at the Liberty Stadium.
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The hosts were 9-6 up going into the final 90 seconds, when replacement Morgan Allen was penalised in his 22 at a ruck. Gopperth stepped up and put the ball through the posts to claim his third penalty and give the visitors a share of the spoils.
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The Ospreys' points came by way of two penalties and a drop goal from outside-half Sam Davies, who was forced from the field midway through the second half for a concussion check.
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Prop Ryan Bevington was named in the Ospreys team after passing concussion protocols following his blow to the head in the 19-16 defeat to Glasgow.
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There were four changes to the team including Scott Otten, Dmitri Arhip and Joe Bearman, who came in for Wales trio Scott Baldwin, Aaron Jarvis and Justin Tipuric.
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Leinster coach Matt O'Connor made seven changes from the side which beat Zebre last weekend, including the return of Rhys Ruddock - his first match since December.
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In a pretty uninspiring first half, that was dominated by an aerial kicking duel, Leinster led by the interval by 6-3 despite not entering Opsreys' 22 once.
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Leinster's dominance came through a strong scrummage, but it was the Ospreys who enjoyed much more territory.
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After a series of dull kicking exchanges it was Leinster who took the lead with two Gopperth penalties on 15 and 23 minutes.
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Ospreys went through the phases on a couple of occasions as they entered the Leinster 22, but the Irish team's defence held firm.
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That was until the end of the first half, when Ospreys broke their duck with a penalty goal for Davies from inside the 22.
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Davies was on target again two minutes into the second half with a drop goal from an encouraging Ospreys attack before following that up with a 55th-minute penalty to take the home side into the lead for the first time.
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The Ospreys looked like they were heading for a win and fourth place in the table in a game that never really looked like producing a try.
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But the ever-reliable boot of Gopperth ensured Leinster returned home with something, leaving the Ospreys fans unhappy with their points return.
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