Biggar guides Ospreys to first success

Outhalf kicks seven penalties as Welsh outfit see off Castres’ challenge

 Castres’ Rory Kockott makes a break during the game against Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium. Photo:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Castres’ Rory Kockott makes a break during the game against Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 22:48

Ospreys 21 Castres 12

Outhalf Dan Biggar kicked Ospreys to their first Heineken Cup win of the season with seven penalties out of seven at the Liberty Stadium against Castres.

Amazingly, Biggar has claimed all Ospreys’ 55 points in the competition this year.

For Castres, who failed to get a losing bonus point, scrumhalf Rory Kockott kicked all the points with four penalties.

There was little at stake in this game for the Ospreys in terms of Heineken qualification after they had lost their opening three matches to Leinster, Northampton and Castres.

The first half turned into a kicking contest as Biggar and Kockott swapped four penalties each. All Castres’ four transgressions came in and around the 22, with captain Remy Tales paying the price after the fourth penalty with a yellow card on 28 minutes for a professional foul.

Kockott’s fourth penalty drew the scores level at 12-12 in the final minute of the first half.

Castres, despite losing Richie Gray with a knee injury on 25 minutes, looked the more dangerous side.

In the second half the Ospreys gradually got a modicum of control and turned around their problems in the scrum.

All three of Biggar’s second-half penalties came from Castres’ infringements at the set-piece.

Ospreys were on the front foot when Biggar put his side into the lead after only three minutes of the second period.

And he added two more penalties on 61 and 70 minutes to take Castres out of losing bonus point range.

In the dying minutes Castres tried their best to reduce the deficit, but they ran out of time.

Cardiff moved to the top of Pool Two thanks to a 9-7 victory over Glasgow at Scotstoun last night.