Connacht deny Ospreys home semi-final advantage

Guinness PRO12 Rugby
Guinness PRO12 Rugby

CONNACHT 20 OSPREYS 24

The Ospreys missed out on home advantage in the Guinness PRO12 play-offs as they failed to score in the second half of their 24-20 win over Connacht.

A bonus point try would have been enough to see the Welsh side finish in second spot above Munster, but they were unable to add to their three-try first half performance at the Sportsground.

That means Steve Tandy’s men will have a return trip to Ireland when they visit Munster at Thomond Park in a mouth-watering semi-final next Saturday.

Just as table toppers Glasgow did in Galway three weeks ago, the Ospreys gave Connacht a lesson in creating opportunities and finishing them in the opening 40 minutes as Dan Biggar, Ben John and Rhys Webb all touched down.

However, with the wind behind them after the break, Connacht duly ate into their 24-0 deficit with Jack Carty kicking two penalties and Eoghan Masterson scoring a maul try.

A last-minute seven-pointer from Denis Buckley earned the Irish province a deserved losing bonus point. Their efforts over the season saw them secure a best-ever finish of seventh which sets up a European Champions Cup qualification play-off away to Gloucester next Sunday.