Champions Connacht suffered their second successive Guinness Pro12 defeat as Ospreys ran in four tries in a 32-11 win at the Sportsground.

Last week Pat Lam saw his side begin their title defence with a sobering 36-point home loss to Glasgow and things were not about to get any better in round 2 with the result leaving the 2015/16 surprise package rooted to the bottom of the table. 

The hosts might have considered themselves lucky to be just seven points adrift at the break with Ospreys failing to turn possession into more than 10 points on the board.

Out-half Sam Davis and his Connacht counterpart Jack Carty exchanged penalty kicks in the opening quarter but the visitors’ pressure eventually told when scrum-half Rhys Webb went over for a converted try on 27 minutes after a five-metre scrum.

But the westerners responded when Carty added a close-range penalty shortly after the restart and flanker Eoin McKeon was at the end of sweeping attack to put the hosts ahead, 11-10, in the 56th minute.

However, it was the Swansea side who surged in the final quarter with Tyler Ardron, Webb and Jeff Hassler all going over in the last ten minutes to secure five points from the Galway visit. 

"It's another game where the score doesn’t reflect the game," Lam told TG4 after the game. 

Meanwhile, man-of-the-match Webb was quick to praise his forwards for doing the ground work that led to the bonus-point return.

“I thought our pack played outstanding, they laid the platform for us,” he said.

“It was just about playing smart. Credit to the boys for playing some good rugby and getting that bonus-point try.”

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