It was an exciting end to the Friday night matches in the PRO14 when Ospreys came with a late surge to beat the champions Leinster and secure their place in the Champions Cup.
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Ospreys did what not many teams have done over the last couple of years by beating Leinster in their own back yard with one of the best comebacks we have seen on Friday.
Leister was in total control after 68 minutes with a lead of 19-3 and it all seemed so familiar, but Ospreys had other plans as they took full advantage of a yellow card to Leinster Smith that changed the game.
Ospreys bench made a huge difference specially in the scrum as they started to dominate the game and played in Leinster half.
It was three tries in just six minutes that secure the win in a dramatic turnaround which also secure Ospreys place in the Champions Cup.
Leister raced to an early lead in the fist half scoring two tries through Byrne and Osborne. This was after Ospreys Ma’afu Fia was send to the bin. Luke Price added a penalty in between the two tries from Leinster.
With a 12-3 lead at the break Leister seemed to have everything under control going into the second period. They got another after the break when Byrne scored his second.
With the bench of Ospreys making and impact Leinster started to give away penalties which resulted in Smith being send to the bin for a high tackle.
This resulted in Cracknell getting over for the visitors for their first try. The second try came from Watkins which Thomas also converted as he did Cracknell try.
Thomas then followed through on a charging down of a Byrne’s kick and go the better of O’Reilly to sprint for the line. The conversion was successful to give then the lead with three minutes to go.
Leinster came with all they had at Ospreys in that final three minutes but Ospreys defence was up to everything they threw at them and hold on to secure a famous win over the current champions.
|Leinster (12) 19|
|Tries: H Byrne 2, J Osborne Cons: Frawley 2|
|Ospreys (3) 24|
|Tries: Cracknell, Watkin, Thomas Cons: Thomas 3 Pens: Price|
Munster did not had the best of starts on Friday against Benetton but recovered to beat Benetton 31-17 in Limerick.
Forst points only came in the 23rd minute of the game when Duvenage scored for the visitors to put them ahead but just before the break Munster got the lead with an Alex McHenry try.
Munster took control of the match in the second half when they got tries from Knox and Salanoa but Benetton did not give up and got Corniel Els and Pettinelli over the line.
In between the two Italian tries Munster score 4th try though Ben Healy.
This was also a memorable match for referee Hollie Davidson who took charge of her first top-tier professional game.
|Munster (10) 31|
|Tries: McHenry, Knox, Salanoa, Healy Cons: Hanrahan 3, Healy Pens: Hanrahan|
|Benetton (7) 17|
|Tries: Duvenage, Els, Pettinelli Cons: Allan|
|Ulster (14) 49|
|Tries: Andrew, Lowry, Baloucoune, Murphy 2, Lyttle, Roberts Cons: Cooney 4, Lowry 3|
|Zebre (3) 3|