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Ospreys turn on the style in soggy Bridgend

12 Nov 2010
Ospreys turn on the style in soggy Bridgend

Ospreys cruised to their first LV= Cup victory with a comprehensive eight-tries-to-one win over a young Leicester side at the Brewery Field.

A crowd of 6,632 braved the elements to watch teenage fly-half Matthew Morgan stamp his authority on the game with wing Kristian Phillips crossing twice. It was a wet night in Bridgend but that did not stop Ospreys opening up a 29-10 lead at half-time and sealing a bonus point after just 24 minutes.

The Tigers got on the scoreboard first with a penalty from outside-half George Ford but it was all Ospreys after that. Phillips blazed the trail to the try line on nine minutes as he chased his own kick. And from that point the tries racked up as the Leicester defence imploded.

Morgan went in for his side's second try on 18 minutes, zipping through the Tigers defence, and two minutes later Ospreys were over again after wing Richard Fussell finished off an impressive team move.

The one-way traffic continued as the home side scored two more tries in as many minutes with centre Ashley Beck running in at the corner for the bonus point. He was followed over by Rhys Webb after a break by Morgan and good link work by Connor McInerney.

There was some relief for the English outfit when they grabbed a try back on 29 minutes scored from short range by their captain Ben Pienaar.

The second half began very much as the first. Ford put over a penalty before Phillips replied with a fantastic try. The sixth Ospreys try came with a break from Morgan and brilliantly timed kick ahead for Phillips to successfully chase, giving the home side a 34-13 lead. And Ospreys added some gloss to the scoreline with a try for Sonny Parker and a penalty try at the end.

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