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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 1
- 20th Oct 2013
- KO 12:45
- Ground: Franklin's Gardens
- Att: 13,182
Northampton v Ospreys - Live
80 Northampton 27 Ospreys 16
80 The Ospreys take a tap penalty inside their 22 as they also go in search of a bonus-point, for losing by less than seven points. They can't get out of their quarter, however, and Habberfield eventually boots the ball into touch to bring proceedings to a close. The hosts will be happy with the result but are left kicking themselves for not securing the bonus point which could be vital later on in the competition. The Ospreys will have to go back to the drawing board as they leave without any match points.
80 YELLOW CARD, NORTHAMPTON, BIGGAR! Biggar is sent to the sin bin when he halts a Saints attack from an offside position.
78 The Saints are trying desperately to finish the match in style by securing their bonus point try. They can't break down the Ospreys' defence though as the visitors are resilient in keeping them out.
75 The Ospreys are on the attack inside Northampton's half but lose momentum when Morgan Allen fails to release after being tackled.
73 Burrell gathers a loose ball inside his 22 and tries to launch an attack. He makes little headway, however, as Biggar halts his progress with a crunching tackle.
70 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, MYLER! 27-16. Myler adds anther three-pointer after Hibbard is pinned for not rolling away at a ruck.
66 Myler glides through a gap and offloads to Dylan Hartley who passes to Courtney Lawes. The big lock gains some metres but then knocks on after a big hit from Ashley Beck.
63 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, BIGGAR! 24-16. Biggar narrows the gap to eight points after Alex Waller is penalised for illegal scrummaging.
61 The Ospreys do well when they manage to wheel a scrum and when the Saints fail to get the ball out, it's the visitors who get the opportunity to put the ball in at the re-set set-piece.
59 CONVERSION, NORTHAMPTON, MYLER! 24-13. Nyler makes no mistake as he lands a difficult two-pointer from close to the touchline!
58 TRY, NORTHAMPTON, FODEN! 22-13. The Saints forward launch a drive at a line-out, inside the Ospreys' 22. They're stopped just short of the line but have the presence of mind to spread the ball wide to their backs where Ben foden dots down in the left-hand corner!
55 Pisi spots a gap behind the Ospreys' defence and launches a kick upfield! North gives chase but can only watch as Biggar boots the ball into touch inside the visitors' 22!
50 The Ospreys have come out firing in this second half and are making a game of it. In the other game going on right now, Perpignan are leading Edinburgh 17-7.
48 North runs on to a pass from Burrell and builds up a head of steam down the touchline! He is confronted by Hassler, who does well to bundle him into touch with a text-book tackle!
46 CONVERSION, OSPREYS, BIGGAR! 17-13. Biggar dusts himself off and adds the extras to narrow the gap to four points!
45 TRY, OSPREYS, BIGGAR! 17-11. Biggar swivels through two tackles, close to the Saints' try-line, and dots down under the posts!
44 The Ospreys take the ball through numerous phases inside the Saints' 22! Richard Hibbard, Tipuric, Bearman and James king are all prominent ball carriers but they eventually lose possession when Alan Wyn Jones is tackled into touch by Hassler.
41 Biggar gets the second half started with a deep hanging kick. Christian Day gathers and sets up a ruck inside his 22.
40 Northampton 17 Ospreys 6
40 The Saints are awarded a penalty after the Ospreys' forwards are pinned for being offside at a ruck. Myler kicks the ball into touch and that's the final act of the half as the players head into the sheds for a deserved break. The home side have been dominant and deserve their lead. The Ospreys will have to step up a gear after half-time if they want to stand a chance of being victorious.
40 The Ospreys are awarded a scrum on the Saints' five-metre line after Dickson knocks on at the base of the scrum.
38 The Saints are on the attack inside the Ospreys' 22! George Pisi puts a grubber kick through but Jeff Hassler manages to dot down behind his try-line.
35 Tipuric is pinned for side-entry at a ruck. myler kicks for touch and puts the ball out about 10 metres outside the Ospreys' 22.
32 The Osprey try to go on the drive from a line-out but the Saints forwards do well to halt their momentum and win a turnover! The ball is spun wide to their backs where Ben Foden boots the ball upfield.
30 Burrell is pinned for a ruck infringement, close to the halfway mark. Biggar kicks for touch and puts the ball out inside Northampton's 22.
28 CONVERSION, NORTHAMPTON, MYLER! 17-6. Myler holds his nerve and lands a difficult place-kick form up against the touchline!
27 TRY, NORTHAMPTON, DAY! 15-6. The Saints take the ball through several phases inside the Ospreys' 22 until the ball goes wide where Christian Day scores in the left-hand corner!
25 Justin tipuric wins a crucial turnover, just outside the Ospreys' 22. They launch a counter-attack and are soon on the edge of Northampton's 22 but Joe Bearman knocks on a pass from Tipuric.
22 PENALTY, OSPREYS, BIGGAR! 10-6. Biggar lands a huge effort, from just inside his half to narrow the gap to four points! This after Ma'afu is pinned another scrum infringement!
19 PENALTY, OSPREYS, BIGGAR. 10-3. Dan Biggar gets the visitors' first points after Ma'afu is penalised for going off his feet at a ruck.
16 Ashley Beck runs on to a crash-ball from Habberfield but the Ospreys are called back for a forward pass.
13 CONVERSION, NORTHAMPTON, MYLER! 10-0. Myler adds the easy extras to extend the home side's lead!
12 TRY, NORTHAMPTON, MANOA! 8-0. Samu Manoa gathers at the base of the scrum and as the Ospreys defence drifts across to follow Lee Dickson, he gets over for an easy try!
11 The Saints are under the cosh when Myler stabs a grubber kick through, inside their 22! Eli Walker is forced to carry over and dot down behind his try-line.
8 This time it's Adam jones who infringes at a ruck and Myler puts the ball into touch on the Ospreys' 22-metre line.
6 Salesi Ma'afu is pinned for illegal scrummaging and Dan Biggar kicks for touch. He puts the ball out 10 metres from the halfway line.
4 Luther Burrell kicks the ball upfield and Jeff Hassler gives chase! He gathers inside his 22 but George North bring him to ground. The ball fails to emerge at the ensuing ruck and the Saints have an attacking scrum.
2 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, MYLER! 3-0. Myler opens the scoring after one of the Osprey's forwards is pinned for straying offside.
1 And we're off! Steven Myler gets us underway! His kick is knocked on by Tom Habberfield and Northampton are immediatley on the attack!
For the Ospreys, wing Jeff Hassler wins his first start in place of Ben John, with Tom Habberfield replacing Tito Tebaldi at scrum-half. Ryan Bevington gets the start at loosehead prop ahead of Duncan Jones.
Saints boss Jim Mallinder has made several changes to the starting line-up which earned a losing bonus point from Castres in Round 1. Jamie Elliott and Dickson come in at wing and scrum-half respectively, with Alex Waller replacing the injured Alex Corbisiero in the front row and Phil Dowson and Samu Manoa both coming into the back row. Ken Pisi, Kahn Fotuali'i and Calum Clark all drop to the bench, with Ethan Waller and GJ Van Velze coming into the match day squad.
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