Planet Rugby

Williams' try boosts Ospreys

20th April 2012 23:04

Share:

Shane Williams Ospreys

Williams: Seals Ospreys success

A last-gasp Shane Williams try helped Ospreys to a 31-12 victory over the Dragons and kept his team on course for a home play-off spot.

It what may be his last appearance at home before retiring at the end if the season, it was fitting that Shane Williams led the Ospreys out for this Welsh derby, and scored what could be a crucial try right at the end of the game.

Despite a ferocious start by the Ospreys two Lewis Robling's penalties gave the visiting side the lead.

The Ospreys pressure did eventually pay off when a Ryan Jones try and a Dan Biggar penalty took them into a 10-6 lead.

Only a dogged Dragons defence was preventing a fluid Ospreys side from extending that lead with try saving tackles from Aled Brew and teenager Hallam Amos reinforcing this.

Repeated infringements at the scrum led to the sin-binning of prop Nathan Buck and the Ospreys were awarded a penalty try to increase their lead to 17-6 going into the break.

Robling's third penalty of the game reduced the Ospreys lead to 17-9 just minutes into the second half. When Biggar cynically tripped Brew, referee Nigel Owens had no choice but to yellow card the fly-half.

Robling's fine kicking display continued with his penalty taking to score to 17-12 with a quarter of the game remaining.

The scrum woes continued for the Dragons as Dan Way was sin-binned for an illegal bind.

The Ospreys sheer dominance at the scrum led to the second penalty try of the game. Biggar's simple conversion extended their lead to 24-12.

In trademark fashion, Williams scored and converted the bonus-point try with the final move of the game.

The scorers:

For Ospreys:
Tries: RP Jones, Williams, Penalty 2
Cons: Biggar 3, Williams
Pens: Biggar

For Dragons:
Pens: Robling 4

  • Guinness PRO12 Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Guinness PRO12
Saturday , November 1
Cardiff Blues vs MunsterCardiff Blues vs Munster Preview
Scarlets vs ZebreScarlets vs Zebre Preview
Ulster vs Newport Gwent D'gonsUlster vs Newport Gwent D
Friday , November 21
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Munster19:30
Connacht vs Zebre19:35
Ulster vs Ospreys19:35
Scarlets vs Glasgow19:35
Sunday , November 23
Benetton Treviso vs Leinster14:30
Edinburgh vs Cardiff Blues16:00
Friday , November 28
Cardiff Blues vs Benetton Treviso19:35
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
  • Guinness PRO12 Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Guinness PRO12
Friday , October 31
Leinster 33 - 8 EdinburghLeinster vs Edinburgh Report
Ospreys 26 - 11 ConnachtOspreys vs Connacht Report
Glasgow 17 - 9 Benetton TrevisoGlasgow vs Benetton Treviso Report
Sunday , October 12
Ospreys 26 - 15 Cardiff BluesOspreys vs Cardiff Blues Report
Saturday , October 11
Edinburgh 24 - 10 Newport Gwent D'gonsEdinburgh vs Newport Gwent D
Zebre 3 - 20 LeinsterZebre vs Leinster Report
Ulster 29 - 9 GlasgowUlster vs Glasgow Report
Friday , October 10
Benetton Treviso 6 - 9 Connacht
Munster 17 - 6 Scarlets
Sunday , October 5
Benetton Treviso 23 - 40 Glasgow
More Guinness PRO12 results
  • Guinness PRO12 Table
Guinness PRO12 Table
PosTeamPPts
1Ospreys730
2Glasgow Warriors727
3Ulster622
4Leinster721
5Munster619