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Biggar the better for Ospreys
Fly-half boots Welsh outfit to famous win
Fly-half Dan Biggar booted five penalties as the Ospreys remained in the Magners League title race with a 15-11 victory over Munster.
The Welshman produced a flawless place-kicking display as the Welsh outfit claimed their first ever win at Thomond Park.
The hard-fought victory puts Sean Holley's men on the brink of securing a home semi-final, while they trail leaders Leinster by just three points heading into the final game of the regular season.
Munster's stand-in captain Ronan O'Gara scored a try and kicked two penalties in reply, but he also missed four other kicks, totalling 11 points, as the Irish side's hopes of defending the league title took a serious hit.
The result leaves Munster in fourth place in the standings, meaning they will have to beat the Cardiff Blues away in two weeks' time and hope that other sides slip up in order to reach the semi-finals.
O'Gara opened the scoring 11 minutes into a scrappy affair at Thomond Park with a well-struck penalty.
The Ireland international missed two further penalty chances though, the second of which he really should have converted.
And his opposite number Biggar made him pay with clinical strikes after 23 and 31 minutes.
Prop Paul James foraged well at a ruck to tee up the young outside-half for a smashing strike from distance, and he punished Alan Quinlan with another well-struck effort on the half hour, setting up a 6-3 half-time lead.
Munster full-back Paul Warwick came closest to breaching the try-line but his sniping run on the left was ended by a knock on, forced by a Jerry Collins tackle.
The Ospreys seized the initiative at the start of the second half with a 42nd minute penalty from Biggar and Munster had to scramble back to deny Andrew Bishop a try after a Mike Phillips break.
Two more successful kicks from Biggar, the second coming after Munster number eight James Coughlan was sin-binned for hands in the ruck, left the home side with a mountain to climb at 15-3 down.
The home side fought hard in the final quarter and were rewarded on 71 minutes when O'Gara snuck down the blindside to touch down.
However, he could not add the conversion from wide out on the right and the Ospreys, with Tommy Bowe and Collins putting in some telling hits, deservedly held on to become the first Welsh region to win in Limerick since the Dragons did so six years ago.
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|Friday 6th March|
|19:35||Cardiff Blues vs Connacht|
|19:35||Glasgow Warriors vs Zebre|
|Saturday 7th March|
|14:40||Ospreys vs Munster|
|17:15||Scarlets vs Leinster|
|18:00||Treviso vs Edinburgh|
|Sunday 8th March|
|16:00||Dragons vs Ulster|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:35||Leinster vs Glasgow|
|19:35||Ulster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 28th March|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Zebre|
|14:40||Scarlets vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Munster vs Connacht|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Cardiff Blues|
|19:35||Benetton Treviso vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 11th April|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Munster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Scarlets|
|14:40||Connacht vs Ulster|
|Sunday 12th April|
|16:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Leinster|
|Friday 24th April|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Zebre|
|19:35||Ulster vs Leinster|
|Saturday 25th April|
|TBC||Munster vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Scarlets|
|TBC||Connacht vs Glasgow|
|Saturday 9th May|
|TBC||Ulster vs Munster|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Connacht 53 - 5 Treviso|
|Zebre 23 - 17 Dragons|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 15 Edinburgh|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Munster 22 - 10 Glasgow Warriors|
|Friday 27th February|
|Ospreys 9 - 9 Leinster|
|Ulster 25 - 20 Scarlets|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|Dragons 25 - 30 Connacht|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Glasgow 19 - 16 Ospreys|
|Scarlets 25 - 25 Munster|
|Friday 20th February|
|Edinburgh 17 - 20 Ulster|
|Leinster 29 - 8 Zebre|
|Benetton Treviso 40 - 24 Cardiff Blues|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Leinster 14 - 16 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Zebre 10 - 54 Glasgow|
|Scarlets 32 - 14 Connacht|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Munster 33 - 16 Cardiff Blues|
|Friday 13th February|
|Edinburgh 24 - 16 Ospreys|
|Ulster 43 - 3 Benetton Treviso|
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