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Ospreys 27– 3 Leinster, Liberty Stadium 7:05pm
80 mins Full TimeLeinster lose after a very poor display. Lots to work on for next week. Final score Ospreys 27-3 Leinster.
76 min Game beyond Leinster now. Very poor display overall
72 min Dan Bigger leaves the fray after a superb nights work. Took his chances and pulled the Ospreys strings for the entire game
68 min Another sub for Leinster Strauss off, Dundon on. Fizz has gone out of the game
63 min Sub for Leinster Auva’a on for Rhys Ruddock
61 min Double sub for Ospreys. Isaacs and Allen both on
59 min Leinster trying to force the game a bit too much. Ospreys look well in control
54 min Ospreys lose Tipuric to the bin for10 mins. Leinster with the man advantage.
50 min. Leinster just held up on Ospreys try line. Much better from the Heineken Cup champs
44 min A lot better from Leinster but still no try to show
41 minSecond half underway. Leinster starting a lot better but again unforced errors costing them
Half time. Half time here and Leinster will want to forget that first half quickly. Ospreys dominated the half in every area of the pitch
40 min. Try number three for the Ospreys. Leinster once again punished for slack play. Justin Tipurc with the try and Bigger again with the extras.
31 min Leinster finally off the mark. Berquist with the penalty
28 min Great drop goal from Bigger. Ospreys 20-0 up. All going wrong for the Irish side.
24 min Leinster No 10 Berquist pulls his first chance at goal to the left. Leinster yet to get off the mark.
23 min. Try given. Winger Hanno Dirksen gets the second try. Bigger gets the extras with a lovely conversion.
22 min. Ospreys could be over. TMO been called in
19 min. Ospreys almost over for second try. Great defending by Ruddock
17 min Bigger is controlling the game. Leinster have failed to impose themselves on the game thus far
12 min Bigger puts Ospreys a further three points ahead. Great start for the Welsh side
7 min Leinster haven’t really got started yet. Ospreys dominating the game thus far.
5 min. More good play from the home side. They have started much the better
2 min. Opening score of the game goes to the Ospreys with a try from Rhys Webb. The extras have been added by Dan Bigger
1 min. Game is just underway
0min The bookies have this a 50-50 match so a tight game is in prospect.
Kristian Phillips, Andrew Bishop,Ashley Beck, Hanno Dirksen, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb, Duncan Jones, Mefin Davies, Cai Griffiths, Ian Gough, Ian Evans, Tom Smith, Justin Tipuric (Capt),
Jonathan Thomas REPLACEMENTS: Matthew Dwyer, Ken Dowding, Joe Rees, James King, Morgan Allen, Tom Isaacs, Matthew Morgan,Sonny Parker.
I Nacewa; F Carr, E O’Malley, L Fitzgerald, D Kearney; M Berquist, J Cooney; H van der Merwe, R Strauss, J Hagan; D Browne, D Toner; K McLaughlin, D Ryan, R Ruddock. REPLACEMENTS: A Dundon, J McGrath, J O’Connell, M Flanagan, L Auva’a, C Willis, I Madigan, B Macken.
While attention may be focused on the World Cup the domestic action starts this Friday night as reigning Heineken Cup champions Leinster kick off their RaboDirect Pro 12 campaign underway with a trip to Welsh side Ospreys, kick off 7.05pm.
It will be the first chance for Luke Fitzgerald to show the Ireland management what they are missing as he starts his first competitive game for his province this season. He will be joined at centre by Eoin O’Malley with David Kearney, Fionn Carr and Isa Nacewa forming the back three.
Joe Schmidt has also handed competitive debuts to the half-back pairing of John Cooney and Mat Berquist in a side that is much changed from the last time Leinster saw competitive action back in May against Munster.
Despite a mixed pre-season, with a win against the Melbourne Rebels and a loss to old foes Northampton, Schmidt should feel reasonably confident that, despite missing his Ireland front liners, his side should be able to get the job done.
They will face a stern test on the opening night as the Ospreys will be keen to atone for the five point loss they suffered at the RDS way back in January when they last played Leinster.
Despite missing the likes of Tommy Bowe and the Welsh contingent, Director of Coaching, Scott Johnson is hopeful of a good display from his side.
“We’re really looking forward to Friday night, it’ll be good to get back into the serious stuff after a tough pre-season and it should a good test for where we are. It’s important that we get off to a good start, but we’re up against a good team in Leinster, regardless of how many players they will have away at the World Cup.
“This group of players have come together really well over the summer, they’ve been diligent, worked hard, and are ready to go. They know their roles, what they’ve got do and they are desperately keen to do well for the Ospreys.”
The vote however goes to Leinster who with the likes of Fitzgerald, Nacewa and Fionn Carr in the backline should have too much firepower for the Ospreys and can get their 2011/12 season off to a winning start.
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