Lions bounce back to upset Ospreys in Swansea


MATCH REPORT: The Lions got their URC tour off to a winning start when they edged the Ospreys 28-27 in a thriller in Swansea on Saturday.

It's a morale-boosting win for Ivan van Rooyen's side after they started the new season with a 15-31 defeat at home to the Bulls last weekend.

The Welsh side actually outscored the visitors by four tries to three in the match. However, Gianni Lombard's boot proved to be the difference.

He contributed 13 points to his team's total.

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The scorers:

For Ospreys:Tries: Giles 2, Webb, Lake Cons: Walsh 2 Pen: Walsh

For Lions:Tries: F Horn, Nohamba, Van der Merwe Cons: Lombard 2 Pens: Lombard 3

Yellow card: Sibusiso Sangweni (Lions, 46' - dangerous tackle)


Ospreys: 15 Max Nagy, 14 Luke Morgan, 13 George North, 12 Michael Collins, 11 Keelan Giles, 10 Jack Walsh, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Morgan Morris, 7 Justin Tipuric (captain), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Adam Beard, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Nicky Smith. Replacements: 16 Dewi Lake, 17 Garyn Phillips, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Rhys Davies, 20 Will Griffiths, 21 Jac Morgan, 22 Reuben Morgan Williams, 23 Joe Hawkins.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Edwill van der Merwe, 13 Zander du Plessis, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Quan Horn, 10 Gianni Lombard, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Francke Horn, 7 Emmanuel Tshituka, 6 Sibusiso Sangweni, 5 Reinhard Nothnagel (captain), 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Pieter Botha, 1 Sithembiso Sithole. Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Jean-Pierre Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Pieter Jansen van Vuren, 20 Ruan Straeuli, 21 Morné van den Berg, 22 Jordan Hendrikse, 23 Sango Xamlashe.

Referee: Eoghan Cross (Ireland) Assistant referees: Rhys Jones (Wales), Dai Cambourne (Wales) TMO: Andrew McMenemy (Scotland)