Glasgow Warriors v Ospreys
In a game billed as the most important of the season, Glasgow delivered an outstanding 11-9 victory thanks to a last gasp Tommy Seymour try.
The Ospreys were ahead by three points after 72 minutes but with just five minutes remaining, a Niko Matawalu chip allowed the onrushing Tommy Seymour to touch down!
The result now leaves the Warriors in fifth place in the RaboDirect PRO12, one point behind Ospreys with two games in hand.
After last week’s 14-6 victory over the Scarlets, Townsend made three changes with Finn Russell, Pat MacArthur and Leone Nakarawa coming into the starting line-up.
In their first Friday night game at Scotstoun for three months, the ground was a hive of excitement pre-match.
However, the opening exchanges were turgid and after 10 minutes Pat MacArthur was forced off through injury, with Dougie Hall taking his place.
The Ospreys looked the more threatening side as the half progressed and were 3-0 up within 20 minutes when Welsh international Dan Biggar slotted a penalty.
Up until half-time, it was a war of attrition with neither team able to assert their authority on the game.
Early in the second-half, the tide began to turn for the Warriors and after 48 minutes they drew level through a Duncan Weir penalty.
10 minutes later, Glasgow edged their noses in front with Weir on target once again, kicking between the sticks from 40 metres out.
The Ospreys refused to give in though and were back level after 65 minutes when Dan Biggar slotted a close range penalty.
As the game entered the final 10 minutes, the Welsh side went ahead once again with Biggar rifling home a drop-goal.
Backed by more than 5,000 vocal supporters, Townsend’s men continued to fight until the very end and gained their just rewards.
With 75 minutes on the clock, Glasgow scored the decisive try. Niko Matawalu was his usual tricky self, and made a cutting break, darting through the Ospreys defence before performing a deft chip to the corner.
The kick allowed Tommy Seymour to run onto the ball at pace before reaching out a hand and touching down.
Referee, John Lacey looked to his TMO for reassurance but the try was awarded, much to the delight of the Warrior Nation.
Despite Duncan Weir missing the conversion, the supporters were on their feet once again when Finn Russell touched the ball down in the last minute. However, the TMO saw a knock on in the build and the try wasn’t awarded.
With everyone in Scotstoun Stadium on the edge of their seats, the boys in black and blue remained calm and were able to grind out a memorable victory to close the gap on the Ospreys to just one point.
The Warriors are back in action next Friday at home to Treviso and will be trying to secure more crucial RaboDirect PRO12 points.
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Glasgow Warriors: Murchie, Seymour, Dunbar, Russell, Matawalu, Weir, Cusiter, Reid, MacArthur, Welsh, Nakarawa, Gray, Harley, Fusaro, Strauss. Replacements: Jackson for Murchie (78), Vernon for Dunbar (52), Maitland for Cusiter (56), Yanuyanutawa for Reid (76), Hall for MacArthur (11), Low for Welsh (55), Holmes for Fusaro (59), Wilson for Strauss (46).
Ospreys: Davies, Hassler, H. Dirksen, Spratt, Natoga, Biggar, Webb, D. Jones, Baldwin, Jarvis, King, A. Jones, Lewis, Tipuric, Baker. Replacements: Habberfield for Webb (56), N. Smith for D. Jones (59), Otten for Baldwin (1), A. Jones for Jarvis (70), Bearman for King (70), Ardron for Lewis (51). Not Used: Allen, Fussell