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Holders Connacht slip further behind after defeat to Ospreys

By Robert Jones

Published 12/09/2016

Wrestling match: Connacht’s Lewis Stevenson with Dan Baker
Wrestling match: Connacht’s Lewis Stevenson with Dan Baker

Ospreys condemned title holders Connacht to a second successive Guinness PRO12 defeat as they triumphed 32-11 at the Sportsground.

Steve Tandy's side followed up last week's 59-5 home demolition of Zebre with another bonus-point win, aided by a run of late tries from Tyler Ardron, captain and man of the match Rhys Webb and Jeff Hassler.

Webb's snappy try from a scrum was the difference between the sides at the break, the Ospreys leading 10-3 with Sam Davies and Jack Carty swapping penalties.

Carty's second successful kick reduced the arrears for Connacht to four points and Eoin McKeon's 57th-minute touchdown - converted by Carty - came while Ospreys number eight Ardron was in the sin bin.

However, the powerful Welsh side clinically saw out the result, stringing together 22 unanswered points to punish tiring Connacht and stay top of the PRO12 table.

Meanwhile, winger Tommy Seymour ran in four tries for Glasgow in a 33-25 victory over Leinster on Scotstoun's new artificial pitch. His heroics helped the home side make it two wins in two starts in the Guinness PRO12 and inflicted a first defeat of the campaign on Leinster, widely seen as a chief rival for end-of-season glory.

Leinster had led 19-12 at the interval, boosted by two tries in the final three minutes from flanker Josh van der Flier and winger Zane Kirchner after Rob Kearney's opener.

Carbery added two penalties to his two conversions in the second half for Leinster, but it became the Seymour show, including two tries in two minutes for the Scottish international.

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