Belfast Telegraph

Ospreys fly high to knock Glasgow off top of the table

By Staff Reporter

Ospreys earned a significant 21-10 victory over Glasgow at the Liberty Stadium to displace the Scottish side at the top of the Guinness PRO 12 table with one game of the regular season to play.

If the Welsh team hold on to one of the top two places after their final game in Connacht next weekend, they will secure a home draw in the play-off semi-final. Both teams had already secured their places in the end-of-season play-offs.

Ospreys, who had not beaten Glasgow in their seven previous attempts, were indebted to tries from centre Ben John and scrum-half Rhys Webb. Glasgow's try came from flanker Chris Fusaro.

The hosts named Wales flanker Dan Lydiate on the replacements bench, with James King being favoured on the blindside flank. Glasgow made five changes from the team that beat Connacht - including Duncan Weir, who replaced Finn Russell at fly-half. The other changes were in the pack.

Ultimately Ospreys won well but the first half was very keenly contested and ended with the teams locked at 3-3.

Ospreys made a bright start when man of the match Josh Matavesi sent Tyler Ardron on a run into the Glasgow 22.

The first chance of points came when Ardron was penalised at a line-out but Duncan Weir sent his kick wide.

Dangerous runner Niko Matawalu started a 70-metre counter-attack which resulted in a penalty, successfully kicked by Weir in the 15th minute to give the visitors a 3-0 lead.

Ospreys responded well with a move from a line-out which saw Dan Biggar cross the line; however the try was disallowed on the intervention of the TV match official, Derek Bevan.

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