Munster no match for Ospreys


Ospreys 16 Munster 3: Munster completed a miserable weekend in the Celtic League for the Irish provinces as a toothless display at the Liberty Stadium saw them comprehensively beaten.

Munster should have put points on the board in the opening quarter but outhalf Paul Warwick failed with three penalty attempts, one which hit the post and Tony Buckley had a try was disallowed for an earlier knock-on.

Gareth Owen responded with a penalty for the Ospreys but they could have gone further ahead as Wales scrum-half Michael Phillips, on his debut, was held up over the line by Munster wing Ian Dowling.

Again, the home side went over the Munster line as Owen found a gap and fed Lee Byrne on the wing. The full-back ran to the corner and was tackled short of the touchdown by Kieran Lewis.

However, his momentum took him over and television official Huw Watkins confirmed the unconverted score was fine.

Winger Shane Williams then dashed in on the right to give the Welshmen a 13-0 half-time lead.

Owen extended the advantage with a penalty directly after the restart but the Ospreys went down to 14 men near the hour after he was accused of killing the ball at a ruck, allowing replacement stand-off Jeremy Manning to boot Munster's first points of the game.

Yet Munster could not make any more use of their extra man as their chances of victory ebbed away and their afternoon was summed up when a knock-on at a ruck right on the Ospreys line denied Manning a try in the corner.