URC – Ospreys Replace Emirates Lions In URC Top Eight With A Great Win


The Ospreys moved up to the seventh spot on the URC table after beating the Emirates Lions 36-21 in a Round 13 match on Saturday.

The first half was a hard-fought encounter with the two early tries scored by the Ospreys the difference between the two teams. The Emirates Lions did get rewarded for their hard work with a late try by BJ Botha to trail 07-15 at the halftime break. Unfortunately, the visitors' number of mistakes cost them much-needed momentum in the second half, leaving their trademark comeback effort too late.

The Ospreys' tighthead prop Tom Botha scored their first try following several minutes of brutal attacks on the Emirates Lions' tryline.

Both sides showed early on that they would run with the ball at every opportunity which guaranteed gaps in the defences of both the teams. After sixteen minutes of play, scrumhalf Reuben Morgan-William cut through the defence of the visitors to send hooker Sam Parry away to score the Ospreys second try. The Ospreys led 12-00 after seventeen minutes of play.

Following a pointless twenty minutes arme wrestle it was PJ Botha who scored from the back maul for the Emirates Lions as a just reward for their hard work, however, the Ospreys had the final say with a converted penalty to end the first half in the lead by 15-07.

The Ospreys were first to score in the second half when eightman Morgan Morris crashed over the fourteen-man Emirates Lions tryline. A minute later Owen Williams converted a second penalty to extend the Ospreys lead to 23-07 with thirty minutes left to play in the second half.

After eighteen minutes of play, the Ospreys dominated the Emirates Lions and scored their bonus point try when hooker Lewis Lloyd dotted down from the back of a five-meter lineout-maul to extend their lead to 29-07.

Eight minutes later Richard Kriel ran a brilliant line and then sent Quan Horn away to score the Emirates Lions' second try of the match.

The Emirates Lions started their well-known final onslaught, unfortunately, they left it too late and although Richard Kriel scored a try with five minutes left to play, the Ospreys scored their fifth try with a minute to go, sealing a brilliant 36-21 win.

Ospreys: Tries: Tom Botha, Sam Parry, Morgan Morris, Lewis Lloyd, Keiran Williams. Conversions: Owen Williams (3), Jack Walsh. Penalty: Owen Williams.
Emirates Lions: Tries: PJ Botha, Quan Horn, Richard Kriel. Conversions: Jordan Hendrikse (3).


Ospreys: 15 Jack Walsh, 14 Luke Morgan, 13 Evardi Boshoff, 12 Owen Watkin, 11 Keelan Giles, 10 Owen Williams, 9 Reuben Morgan-Williams, 8 Morgan Morris, 7 Justin Tipuric (c), 6 James Ratti, 5 Adam Beard, 4 Rhys Davies, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Sam Parry, 1 Gareth Thomas. Replacements: 16 Lewis Lloyd, 17 Garyn Phillips, 18 Ben Warren, 19 Huw Sutton, 20 Harri Deaves, 21 Luke Davies, 22 Max Nagy, 23 Keiran Williams.

Emirates Lions: 15 Quan Horn, 14 Richard Kriel, 13 Erich Cronje, 12 Marius Louw (c), 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Jordan Hendrikse, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Francke Horn, 7 Emmanuel Tshituka, 6 JC Pretorius, 5 Reinhard Nothnagel, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 PJ Botha, 1 JP Smith. Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Morgan Naude, 18 Ruan Dryer, 19 Darrien Landsberg, 20 Izan Esterhuizen, 21 Hanru Sirgel, 22 Morne van den Berg, 23 Stean Pienaar.