Shane Williams signed off his professional career in stunning fashion as he scored a brace of tries to complete a stunning comeback that saw the Osprey’s pip Leinster to the RaboDirect Pro 12 crown.
Heineken Cup winners Leinster had looked to set to complete the double when they took a 17-9 half time lead thanks to tries from Isa Nacewa and Sean Cronin, Jonathan Sexton adding the extra’s on both occasions to add to a 11th minute penalty.
Dan Biggar, who has given the Welsh side the lead in the 9th minute, kept his side in with two further penalties before the 40 minute mark and he made it a one point game 2 minutes into the second half when he converted Ashley Beck’s well taken try.
Any signs of nerves in the RDS were calmed when Sexton converted two more penalties however Joe Schmidt’s men couldn’t put the Osprey’s out of site and when Shane Williams scored his first of the afternoon, just two points separated the sides with 19 minutes to go.
Leinster restored their advantage once again when Nacewa once again went over the line following some route one rugby, Sexton taking his tally to the game to 15 with the conversion and the Irish side appeared to have their hands on the trophy.
However, the Ospreys, who denied Leinster in the final at the same RDS ground two year ago, showed their nerve to comeback and seal a memorable win.
Firstly Biggar got his fourth penalty of the day with a 74th minute penalty before Williams outmuscled European player of the year Rob Kearney to touch down.
That left Biggar with arguably his hardest kick of the day, a touchline conversion to put his side one point ahead and the Welsh international duly accepted the talk slotting home with aplomb to give his side the title.
Ospreys now have four Celtic titles to their name, moving clear of rivals Munster in the league’s trophy stakes.