Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home Sport Rugby

Williams inspires Ospreys triumph

Published 15/10/2010

Shane Williams (left)
Shane Williams (left)

Shane Williams weaved his magic with a spectacular try in a 27-16 win over London Irish and gave the Ospreys' Heineken Cup campaign lift-off.

Brilliant Williams' scintillating solo score helped inflict only a second defeat of the season on Aviva Premiership leaders Irish.

And the visitors could have few complaints as Williams' fellow Lions wing Tommy Bowe claimed an early touchdown before fly-half Dan Biggar kicked four penalties.

Centre James Hook, who moved to 10 when Biggar went off injured early in the second period, added a conversion and penalty, while Irish mustered a Sailosi Tagicakibau interception try, plus 11 points from Ryan Lamb.

The Ospreys, Heineken quarter-finalists in each of the past three seasons, delivered one of their finest European performances.

They were hungry from the start, and the win has put them firmly in quarter-final contention from Pool Three, a punishing group that also includes Irish heavyweights Munster and Jonny Wilkinson's Toulon.

Irish will also undoubtedly feature at the qualifying business end in January, but it was a sobering night for them at the Liberty Stadium as Ospreys - and Williams in particular - produced some champagne rugby.

Press Association

How to Complain

If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here. If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph