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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 2
- 13th Jan 2013
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Ospreys v Leicester - Live
80 Wow, it's all over at the Liberty Stadium. 15-15 was the final score in a game the Ospreys may feel they should have won. For Leicester, they will be pleased to now face Toulouse at Welford Road knowing that that a win would see them top the Pool.
79 A draw would be okay for Leicester and with 30 seconds to go and Leicester throwing in on halfway, they should get just that. The tension is palpable.
77 Just wide!
76 SPRATT TRY! 15-15! The door is flung fully open! Walker was the architect from his own half, sprinting through to allow Fotuali'i to find the replacement who finished well on the right. Massive kick from Biggar coming up from the touchline...
74 Flood misses the difficult conversion so the door is still open for an Ospreys victory. A sidenote is that Tuilagi is off the field with an ankle injury - worrying ahead of next weekend and also the Six Nations from a Leicester and England perspective.
73 MORRIS TRY! 10-15! TMO time as Allen's break to the right leads to Morris dotting down in the corner from Youngs' pass. Did he ground it? Replays say yes!
71 Unbelievable how a game can change in an instant. Flood and Leicester are now into their stride as the fly-half puts a ball into the corner for a pressure line-out throw from Baldwin. It isn't taken at the tail and that leads to Bearman grounding in-goal. Scrum five.
69 FLOOD CONVERSION! 10-10! We are level!
68 B YOUNGS TRY! 10-8! Oh what about this. Flood broke the line initially from 20 metres out and then from recycled ball his half-back partner darted over.
67 Toulouse have their fourth try so as it stands Leicester will need to win and deprive the French of any points at Welford Road next week. Tigers on the attack.
64 Off the post once again! More dropped points for Ospreys.
63 Still Toulouse are waiting on picking up their try bonus-point against Treviso as the Ospreys win a scrum penalty that would put Leicester out of losing bonus-point range. This Pool is that tight that we are looking a points in all forms that they appear.
60 An hour gone and still the defences are on top, this time Hibbard winning the breakdown penalty. However, that great work comes at a cost as the hooker leaves the field clutching his shoulder. Scott Baldwin is on while Leicester send on both of their props.
57 Thomas Waldrom is on for Crane as Leicester look for fresh legs. In fact though it is scrum-half Youngs making the ground here before prop Cole goes off his feet. It is delicately poised this one as the Ospreys now look to go through a rampaging Bevington.
55 The English survive again though as Hibbard's throw in the aftermath is not straight so it will be a scrum outside their own 22. Territory is vital as you would expect.
52 Leicester ball again on the home ten-metre but hang on a minute, Youngs' grubber through leads to Fussell's running gamble paying off as he breaks from his 22. The pass to Walker then sees him chip over before the ball ends up in touch eight out.
49 No, is the answer and in fact it is now Leicester on a sustained period of attacking rugby that was sparked by Tom Youngs. The England hooker's break from halfway was eventually brought to a halt by Fotuali'i but that's a moment to inspire the Tigers there.
46 Biggar will look for the corner here in what is a key moment in the game. Can the Ospreys get over for their second try here that would bring huge confidence?
45 Tigers go the aerial route now but that just coughs up possession before captain Deacon is penalised and then marched back another ten metres close to halfway.
43 Ospreys ball again here as they carry up to the 22 until Bearman makes his first mistake of the game, knocking on. That sight will delight the former champions.
Second-half Ryan Jones is off due to a finger injury so how might that affect the Ospreys, whose fly-half Biggar grubbers up to the Tigers 22. Smart rugby again.
40 That is that for the first half. It's been a good 40 minutes for the Welsh but they'll feel they should have more than a seven-point lead. Join us again in a few!
39 FLOOD PENALTY! 10-3! Leicester are on the board after Hibbard was offside at a breakdown. That will please Richard Cockerill who wanders towards the dressing room. Hair-dryer at the ready. Steve Tandy may well ask for more of the same.
37 Leicester will be disappointed with how they have played in this first half but credit must go to the Ospreys, who are much the better attacking side in Swansea.
34 BIGGAR CONVERSION! 10-0! Simple enough.
33 BEARMAN TRY! 8-0! Fotuali'i is involved again to spark a move that allows Bearman to slip the attempted tackles of Crane and Tait to go in close to the posts.
32 Outstanding step from Tipuric as he steps Crane and then looks to chip over Tait close to the line. Was he tripped by the full-back? The referee thinks not so it will be a drop-out due to the ball having gone dead. Tait looked pretty sheepish after that one.
29 BIGGAR PENALTY! 3-0! He makes it.
28 It looks like being three points to the Ospreys following sustained pressure that eventually sees Cole offend at the breakdown. Biggar should kick this one.
26 Excellent from Fotuali'i as he slips through on halfway before feeding Tipuric. It leads to an Ospreys line-out about five metres out...could this be their moment?
24 Leicester are coming again after Flood's chip kick on halfway leads to wing Thompstone running hard into the 22. However, a great steal in contact on Salvi sees the Ospreys survive and clear their lines. 0-0 but it's anything but dull at the Liberty Stadium.
21 This is fascinating Heineken Cup rugby as Fotuali'i boxes and Tait lets the ball go out on his 22. It's about making the right calls here and both the Osprey and Tiger did just that then. Big throw for Youngs...but Mafi is pushed in the air so it is a penalty.
19 A second scrum penalty of the afternoon this time goes the way of Leicester so Cole and company will be happy with that one. Youngs to throw again then with Leicester about 35 metres out as they look to make Biggar and the Ospreys pay.
17 Well well. Biggar has just had his third shot at goal, again from distance, and this time he hits the crossbar. Unbelievable stuff as we remain at 0-0 in Swansea.
14 Another miss from Biggar, this time from distance on the right side of the field. Six points gone begging then from the fly-half, who should start in the Six Nations.
11 1-0 to Adam Jones in his battle with Marcos Ayerza so it's a long-range penalty attempt from Biggar here...he strikes the post! Leicester clear to their ten-metre.
9 Here come the Ospreys though with Bearman kicking through before Tait gets back in time to save his side. The hosts have come alive here and the crowd rise to it.
6 That should have been an Ospreys line-out though as Morris touched it before the ball went into touch. The officials missed that one. It's end to end stuff early on due to numerous breakdown penalties which eventually sees Leicester have it 20 metres out.
4 Now it's the turn of the Tigers to win a penalty at the breakdown but from that offence, Youngs' line-out throw is overcooked and the Ospreys get the ball back, heading up to halfway before Fussell drills a superb kick down the line. Leicester line-out in their 22.
2 Leicester attack well but there is a sturdy defence in front of them which eventually wins the battle. Ross Jones it was who won the breakdown penalty.
Kick-off Here we go then with Leicester kicking off and Dan Biggar clearing quickly. No risks there as Youngs prepares to throw in about 35 metres from the line.
Team news Richard Fussell takes over at full-back from Matthew Morgan for Ospreys. Scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i also returns to captain the side. There are six changes to the pack with Ian Gough and Adam Jones the only survivors from the team that beat Zebre last week. Joe Bearman, Justin Tipuric and Ryan Jones form the back-row.
Team news Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Geoff Parling and Manu Tuilagi all return in changes to the Leicester team that started the Premiership win over Worcester Warriors last week. Anthony Allen, Marcos Ayerza, Julian Salvi and Jordan Crane also return.
Welcome Hello and welcome from Liberty Stadium to this huge Pool match between the Ospreys and Leicester. The Tigers know that a victory would mean their fate would be in their own hands going into the final round but the Welsh region will be tough opposition today. Leicester beat the Ospreys 34-22 with a try bonus-point at Welford Road earlier in the competition but three of those scores came in the final ten minutes which shows there is little between the sides. Team news to follow.
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