Glasgow Warriors v Ospreys
The Warriors maintained their position at the top of the GUINNESS PRO12 with a nerve jangling 19-16 win over the Ospreys.
Glasgow took the lead through a Pat MacArthur try and Peter Horne kicks, leading 10-6 at the break.
In the second period, Steve Tandy’s men fought back and were ahead 16-13 at one point but the Warriors showed their winning credentials by scoring two more penalties to secure a crucial win ahead of next week’s visit to Munster.
Despite fielding a team without a number of Scotland internationalists, the Warriors started extremely well against the Ospreys, pressing them in the early stages.
Their effort was rewarded after 14 minutes when the ball was spun wide to Pat MacArthur who touched down, scoring his first try for the club after making over 100 appearances.
Peter Horne then stepped up to the bang over the conversion with the ball hitting the crossbar but thankfully bouncing over fortuitously.
Thereafter the Ospreys searched for points of their own with Sam Davies having three attempts at the posts but only converting one of them after 26 minutes.
Seven minutes later, Ospreys inched closer to Glasgow’s total, with Davies firing another penalty into the West Stand which was packed with supporters.
Before half-time, Peter Horne was able to increase Glasgow’s lead after a rare foray into the Ospreys half which resulted in a penalty that he was able to convert. The score with 40 minutes played was Warriors 10-6 Ospreys.
After the break, Horne had another opportunity to score but skewed it wide. He made amends though soon after, putting Glasgow ahead by seven points.
With the Warriors eager to increase their advantage, Ospreys put a dent in their ambitions when Tom Grabham breezed through the Warriors defence and touched down.
The conversion was good and so was the penalty which followed less than 10 minutes later meaning Glasgow were all of a sudden behind, 16-13.
The scoreboard was then halted for a while before the Warrior Nation were on their feet with less than 15 minutes of the match remaining when Peter Horne slammed over his kick to leve the scores at 16-16, setting up a grandstand finish.
As the clock ticked down, Peter Horne was on song again and slotted a penalty between the sticks to put the Warriors in front.
Immediately after the restart, Ospreys had a penalty of their own but it was banged wide of the target with the whole of Scotstoun breathing a giant sigh of relief.
Townsend’s men then saw the game out and sent more than 6,000 supporters home elated as they stretched their lead at the top of the GUINNESS PRO12