Fly-half Gavin Henson kicked the Ospreys to victory over an
injury-ravaged Celtic Warriors in a tense Celtic League match at the Brewery Field.
Warriors (15) 22:
Con: N Jenkins.
Pens: N Jenkins 5.
Ospreys (16) 32:
Tries: Morris 2.
Cons: Henson 2.
Pens: Henson 6.
Henson kicked six penalties and converted two Osprey tries scored by winger Gareth Morris, to finish with a personal tally of 22 points.
The 21-year-old Wales cap also denied the Warriors a bonus point for losing by seven points or less, striking a last-minute penalty to make the losing margin 10 points.
Opposite number Neil Jenkins replied with 17 points for the Warriors but they could manage only one try - a late effort by skipper Richard Bryan.
The Warriors were much the better side in the first half until Henson created a try out of nothing for Morris to set the Ospreys on their way.
With Henson, who missed out on Wales' final World Cup squad, converting and also kicking three penalties, the visitors led 16-15 at half time.
After the break, a 10-point burst in the opening seven minutes of the
second half effectively killed off the Warriors' challenge.
Good, quick passing created an overlap for Morris to get his second try and Henson's boot extended the Ospreys' lead,
The Warriors, missing all five of their front-line centres, and with 10 players in Australia for the World Cup, could only reflect on a couple of missed chances early on which proved costly in the final shakedown.
"It wasn't the strongest Warriors team, but we measure ourselves against performance and I'm pleased with that result and performance," said Ospreys coach Lyn Jones.
"We scored some very nice tries - Gavin Henson created a great score and Gareth Morris got a spectacular second try."
Warriors coach Lynn Howells was pleased with the efforts of his depleted side.
"We did well for the first 35 minutes but didn't get the points on the board," said Howells.
"We were frightened that they would attack us in midfield - they came out and did that in the second half and that's where they made inroads."
Celtic Warriors: E Lewis; G Wyatt, S James , M Nutthall, R Mustoe; N Jenkins, P John; P Booth, A Joy, C Horsman, D Jones, N Budgett, R Jones, R Parks, R Bryan (capt).
Replacements: M Rees, G Morris, Powell, M Lewis, A Chiltern, A Havili, G Cull.
Ospreys: Gavin Henson; Dave Tiueti, James Storey, Scott Gibbs (capt), Gareth Morris; Shaun Connor, Andy Williams; Paul James, Chris Wells, Andrew Millward, Andy Newman, Luke Tait, Gavin Thomas, Steve Tandy, James Bater.
Replacements: Elvis Seveali'l, Adrian Durston, Rhodri Wells (Swansea RFC), Dean Colclough, Cai Griffiths, Lyndon Bateman, Richie Pugh.
Referee: Olan Trevor (Ireland).