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Last Updated: Saturday, 2 October, 2004, 18:13 GMT 19:13 UK
Ospreys 40-17 Glasgow
Sonny Parker crosses for the second try
Ospreys (18) 40
Tries: Tandy, Parker, Millward, R Jones, Mustoe, Bishop
Cons: Henson (2)
Pens: Henson (2)
Glasgow (10) 17
Tries: Mather, Macfadyen
Cons: Parks, Howarth
Pen: Parks
Att: 4,086
The Ospreys moved nine points clear at the top of the Celtic League with a routine win over Glasgow at St Helen's.

Steve Tandy and Sonny Parker notched first-half tries, but a Cammy Mather score kept Glasgow close at the break.

Tries from Andrew Millward, Ryan Jones and Richard Mustoe secured the game and bonus point for the home team.

Shane Williams created a glorious try for David Bishop to crown the performance, though Donnie Macfadyen got a late consolation for the Scots.

Dan Parks and Gavin Henson had exchanged early penalties, before Henson's boot helped gain the home side early territorial advantage.

Good ball was delivered to Williams 10m from the Glasgow posts, and the wing used his pace to draw the defence before sending Tandy on an unchallenged run to the corner for the opening try.

The flood-gates looked set to open as the rampant home side battered at the Glasgow defence, Parker using his side-step and power to cross for the second try from close range.

Henson hit a fine long-range penalty, but the Scots held on doggedly and with half-time approaching a good passage of driving play was rewarded when Cammy Mather piled over from close range.

Richard Mustoe
Regional rugby in Wales is working
Ospreys coach Lyn Jones
That left the gap at just eight points at the break, meaning the first score of the second period would be crucial.

It came after 50 minutes in the unlikely figure of prop Millward, who emerged from under a pile of bodies with a rare try.

The bonus point came after 63 minutes, young No 8 Ryan Jones celebrating this week's call-up to the Wales squad by picking up from a five-metre scrum and showing the strength to crash over.

Bridgend RFC wing Richard Mustoe then made his mark on the regional team, using his pace to cut through a tiring defence for the Ospreys' fifth try.

With the final whistle approaching the home side treated their fans to the try of the game, with a move started deep in their own half.

The ball came to Williams, who went on a sparkling 30m run before finding the supporting Tandy, who fed Bishop for a superb score.

A quickly taken Glasgow penalty allowed all-action flanker Macfadyen over in the corner in the dying moments, but it was cold comfort for the outclassed visitors.

"There are a lot of things to be happy about, but we're not totally happy with the performance and there's a lot of work to do on our defence," said Ospreys coach Lyn Jones.

"But the boys are enjoying their game, they're working hard and playing in the right manner.

"It's getting hard for me to choose a team as everyone is pushing for a place, but that's a nice problem to have.

"Regional rugby in Wales is working, as you can see with us and with the Dragons' win over Leinster."

Ospreys: A Durston; R Mustoe, D Bishop, S Parker, S Williams; G Henson, A Williams; P James, B Williams (capt), A Millward, B Cockbain, L Bateman, A Lloyd, S Tandy, R Jones.

Replacements: J Spice, M Jones, E Seveali'i, D Jones, H Bennett, J Bater, R Pugh.

Glasgow: S Barrow, K Logan, A Craig, A Henderson, S Lamont, D Parks, S Pinder, K Tkachuk, G Bulloch (capt), L Harrison, A Hall, D Turner, C Mather, D Macfadyen, J Beattie.

Replacements: S Lawson, A Kelly, A Wilson, S Swindall, G Beveridge, C Howarth, R Kerr.

Referee: A Lewis (Ireland).



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