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Ospreys v Leinster - Live

Last updated: 12th October 2013  

Full Time80 OSPREYS 9-19 LEINSTER

80 Knocked on by the Ospreys on a desperate attack from Walker, and that is that. Far from a thrilling performance but a streetwise, clinical showing from the three-time champions Leinster gets them off to a strong start in this year's competition. For the Ospreys, it only gets tougher from here.

Penalty79 PENALTY, LEINSTER, GOPPERTH! 9-19: Simple strike for Gopperth and the Ospreys face beginning their Heineken Cup campaign with no points to show for it at home.

77 O'Brien selected as man of the match as Leinster are now in a position to deny Leinster that losing bonus point. They get that penalty, as Gopperth lines up the points.

75 Leinster defence holding firm as the Ospreys try everything inside the visitors' half. The Irish side though refuse to budge and bundle Habberfield into touch.

74 Penalty to the Ospreys at the lineout, Biggar's radar working again as he finds touch over halfway. Morgan on with Biggar moving to inside centre.

72 Howling kick from Biggar keeps his team under the cosh as Leinster have a lineout outside the Ospreys' 22. Winning the game without the ball.

70 Leinster building pressure and R.Kearney prods a low kick into touch to keep the Ospreys deep in their own half.

68 Handling errors undoing the Ospreys best work as they knock just inside the Leinster half. Scrum to the visitors who can sense victory now.

66 Neither side capable of maintaining possession in the opposition 22, as Tipuric poaches Leinster ball. Hassler trying to get down the outside but well covered by Gopperth who thumps him into touch.

64 Better scrum from Leinster and then a pressure kick from Fussell gives the three-time champions a territorial advantage.

62 More territory for the Ospreys but that Leinster back-row duo of O'Brien and Heaslip again turn the ball over when it matters. Ospreys starting again from deep and knock on.

60 Jeers from the home crowd as the Ospreys win a penalty defending on their own 22. End to end stuff yes, but neither side are taking their chances.

57 Hassler breaks down the right as the Ospreys begin to build an attack. Penalty won though by Leinster, the Ospreys pinged for holding on after great work from O'Brien.

55 Leinster drive and burrow away on that Ospreys 22, but it comes to nothing, a penalty conceded at the breakdown as Biggar clears long.

52 Bevington on for D.Jones but the Ospreys are too slow at the scrum, handing Leinster a free-kick. Gopperth drills through a low grubber right into the corner to pin the Ospreys back.

Penalty51 Leinster's grip on the game tightens as they snuff out another Ospreys attack. A knock-on though hands the Ospreys a scrum near halfway.

Penalty49 PENALTY, LEINSTER, GOPPERTH! 9-16: Leinster do make Tebaldi pay, winning a penalty with Gopperth drilling over the kick to re-establish that seven-point gap.

47 Ospreys desperately scramble back after an error from Tebaldi, the Italian recovering to clear the ball into touch as Leinster win the territorial battle.

Penalty45 PENALTY, OSPREYS, BIGGAR! 9-13: High hanging strike from Biggar cuts that Leinster lead to only four points.

44 Scrum penalty to the hosts and Biggar has a shot at points right after the interval.

42 Monster tackle by Healy on Walker as the Ospreys stay in Leinster territory. Scrum to the hosts.

40 Second half underway in Swansea as Leinster come back on the attack, Cronin at the heart of it. Loose ball between the two sides as Bishop cleans up, Tipuric continuing the run as the Ospreys counter,

Half Time40 OSPREYS 6-13 LEINSTER

40 Ball booted into the stands and that's half-time. A narrow first half with neither defence giving up enough space for a concise attack, Cronin's burst the only real opportunity and finished off by O'Brien. Ospreys have gone from being 6-0 up to 13-6 down and need a response after the break. Second half coming up.

37 High kick from Gopperth looking for D.Kearney after a series of reset scrums. Taken by Hassler who clears, Leinster back on the attack. McFadden scrambling forward there, Macken penalised for holding on though so the Ospreys can clear.

Penalty35 PENALTY, LEINSTER, GOPPERTH! 6-13: Wonderful strike from Gopperth after that scrum as he lands a penalty from inside his own half. Visitors ahead by seven.

33 Leinster going backwards as the ball pings around off boots and legs, Gopperth eventually clearing to Walker. The young Welsh winger gets into the opposition half but that's a Leinster scrum.

31 Cronin full of confidence as he makes another dart, losing the ball forward this time. Leinster back in possession inside their own half, Gopperth drilling the ball deep. Fussell replies by finding touch.

TRY29 TRY, LEINSTER, O'BRIEN! 6-10: Leinster capitalise on that Heaslip strip as Cronin blasts through a gap, offloading to O'Brien who reaches out to score in the corner. The visitors ahead as Gopperth adds the extras.

28 Lineout won against the head by the Ospreys. Bishop charges through but leaves the ball behind for Heaslip to pounce and set off the other way, taking Leinster up to the Ospreys' 22.

26 Scrum penalty to Leinster this time under pressure near their own line. Big shift in momentum as Gopperth steps up to clear to outside their 22.

23 Scrum penalty to the Ospreys, the hosts completely dominant in that department thus far. Inching up to that Leinster 22, Hibbard charges head down to the line and is held up just short. Scrum on the right, five metres out for the hosts.

21 Won by Heaslip as Leinster press forward, O'Brien thumping Biggar out the way but losing the ball forward as he goes to offload.

18 Moore on for Ross as the Ospreys have a scrum on the left-hand side. Free kick taken quickly by Bearman, wide to Fussell who just stays infield. Ospreys pinged for holding on, Gopperth clears to inside the Ospreys half.

16 R.Kearney's boot sprays a kick straight into touch, so the Ospreys have a lineout just outside the Leinster 22. Series of drives directed by Tebaldi as the Ospreys stay patient. Bishop breaking tackles, Fussell and Walker trying to force a chance. Leinster win the ball back at the ruck and Boss clears.

Penalty15 PENALTY, LEINSTER, GOPPERTH! 6-3: Three points back for the visitors as Gopperth lands an easy strike.

14 Leinster pressing forward inside the Ospreys 22. Advantage played as Gopperth chips over the top, but we come back for the shot at goal for the Kiwi number ten.

Penalty12 Bearman secures the ball at the back of the scrum, so the Ospreys can break. High kick gathered by Kearney as Gopperth chips in behind, Leinster coming back for the penalty.

Penalty10 R.Kearney knocks on his high kick, so the Ospreys have a scrum on the left outside of their own 22.

Penalty9 PENALTY, OSPREYS, BIGGAR! 6-0: Simple strike for the Wales fly-half and the Ospreys are ahead by six.

7 Big collision on Healy from Hibbard knocks the ball loose and the Ospreys are charging forward into the visitors 22. Beck stepping, inside ball is deliberately knocked on. Back for offside in the centre as Biggar has another chance to go for goal.

5 Leinster back on the ball as Gopperth goes high, taken well by Fussell. Kicking from both sides ends in a long strike from Gopperth to put the Ospreys back in their half.

4 Leinster lineout inside the Ospreys half. Gopperth through a half gap, D'Arcy through the next phase. Ferocious phases from Leinster into the 22. Dropped pass though and AW Jones boots the ball away.

Penalty3 PENALTY, OSPREYS, BIGGAR! 3-0: Perfect start for the hosts as Biggar, the leading scorer in the Pro12, hits over a long-range penalty.

1 Early penalty for the Ospreys as O'Brien is caught at the breakdown, R.Jones all over Boss to win that first penalty. Biggar going for goal.

Leinster's Jimmy Gopperth gets proceedings underway in Swansea.

Fine conditions as Ryan Jones gets a rousing reception on his return from injury.

Leinster have named Jimmy Gopperth at fly-half, joined by Ireland international scrum-half Isaac Boss in the half-back positions. Leinster's most capped player Gordon D'Arcy (who is set to make his 226th appearance) will partner European debutant Brendan Macken. Dave Kearney and Fergus McFadden will be joined in a strong back three by Rob Kearney, who makes his 135th outing in Leinster colours. The pack is unchanged from the one that started last weekend with Jamie Heaslip once more leading the team and he will be flanked in the back-row once more by Kevin McLaughlin and Sean O'Brien. Cian Healy will once more partner fellow Ireland front-rowers Sean Cronin and Mike Ross, with Devin Toner locking down alongside Mike McCarthy.

The Ospreys have named Ben John on the right wing while blindside flanker Ryan Jones returns to the side in place of Canadian duo Jeff Hassler and Tyler Ardron. Dan Biggar and Tito Tebaldi continue in the half-backs as do Ashley Beck and Andrew Bishop at centre while there are four British and Irish Lions tourists named in their pack.

Hello and welcome to Swansea for this Pool 1 Heineken Cup clash between the Ospreys and three-time champions Leinster.

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