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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 February, 2005, 19:13 GMT
Ospreys 34-10 Borders
CELTIC LEAGUE
James Bater's forceful run paved the way for Andy Newman (behind) to score the Ospreys' first try
Ospreys (27) 34
Tries: Newman, Bater, Pugh, Millward
Cons: Connor (4)
Pens: Connor
Borders (3) 10
Tries: Hore
Cons: HorePens: Hore
Neath-Swansea Ospreys continued their charge towards the Celtic League title with a bonus-point win over bottom club Borders at The Gnoll.

First-half tries from forwards Andy Newman, James Bater and Richie Pugh laid the foundation for the win.

Prop Andrew Millward crossed after the break, with Shaun Connor converting all four tries and adding a penalty.

Centre Charlie Hore scored a converted try for the Scots in the second half, having earlier landed a penalty.

Newman's opening try arrived with less than four minutes on the clock.

Bater made the incisive break through the Borders defence and off-loaded to Newman who had a clear run to the line.

Flanker Bater then got his name on the scoresheet as a one-two with Pugh sent him clear down the right wing from a lineout some 10 minutes later.

It wasn't a classic. We started off well but then fell away so there's plenty to work on
Ospreys coach Lyn Jones

Fly-half Connor added a penalty in between the two successful conversions to open a 20-0 lead.

The Ospreys then lost their way slightly - allowing Hore to land a penalty - but they rediscovered their attacking flair to end the half as they started it.

A rare Borders foray into the Ospreys ended with a turnover which winger Dave Tiueti quickly pounced upon.

The Tongan found Pugh on his outside and the young open-side flanker had enough pace to round Borders full-back and score in the right corner.

Connor's third conversion gave the Ospreys a 27-3 first-half lead.

Hore's try just before the hour mark offered the Borders some hope of an unlikely comeback as the home side took their foot off the accelerator.

Fly-half Alistair Warnock created the chance with a quick burst of pace and a beautiful flick pass in the tackle to Hore on his left shoulder who converted his own try after crossing under the posts.

The home side had the last word, though, when Millward broke free from a driving maul and Connor maintained his perfect kicking record with a conversion from just inside the right touchline.


Ospreys: Terblanche, Tiueti, Bishop, Seveali'i, Mustoe; Connor, R Rees; P James, Williams (capt), Millward, Newman, Bateman, Bater, Pugh, Lloyd.
Replacements: Hibbard, D Jones, Tait, Tandy, R Wells, M Jones, Durston.

Borders: G Morton, S Moffat, C MacRae, C Hore, N Walker, A Warnock, J Weston, T McGee, R Ford, B Douglas (capt), M Blair, C Stewart, J Dalziel, A Miller, W McEntee.
Replacements: G Kay, G Cross, A Turnbull, K Brown, I Wilson, A Dickson, J Pattison.

Referee: Colin Stanley (Ireland)




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