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Prop hat-trick fails to save Edinburgh from Osprey bird strike

The Ospreys reversed an 11-point deficit at half-time to beat Edinburgh 23-19 at the Stadium.

Attempts from Mat Protheroe and Sam Parry, along with 13 points from Stephen Myler’s boot, put the Welsh region over the line.

Edinburgh’s loosehead Boan Venter scored a remarkable hat-trick of tries – the first prop to achieve that feat in the history of the competition – while Jaco Van Der Walt scored four points.

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After a dull opening of the game, Lloyd Ashley was sent from the second row by Ospreys into the sin trap for tripping Edinburgh full-back Henry Immelman.

The guests fended off a kickable penalty and opted for the corner instead.

Their driving lineup was extremely effective, with Venter overpowering at close range. Van Der Walt converted and Edinburgh went on the attack again.

A break from Cammy Hutchison put them on the front foot before number eight Mesu Kunavula allowed Venter to touch down for his second try in four minutes.

Van Der Walt added the extras, but Myler eventually put the Ospreys on the scoreboard with a direct penalty, meaning the hosts were 14-3 down at halftime.

The Ospreys started the second half with more intent, scoring their first try when a well-timed offload from Michael Collins sent Protheroe past just outside center, with Myler converting.

Momentum was now in the Ospreys’ favor and they took the lead when aggressive number two Parry was squeezed over in the far right corner after a period of sustained pressure from the home team, with Myler again adding the extras from the touchline.

Edinburgh hit straight back when Venter showed tremendous strength on his third try to overpower from close range.

In what has become a rare occurrence in modern times, Van Der Walt’s conversion was crushed by the ospreys in front of the posts.

A clean break by former Wales number 9 Rhys Webb then put the Ospreys on the front foot in Edinburgh’s half. The visitors were forced to infringe on the breakdown, allowing Myler to lead the Welsh region by a point with just 10 minutes to go.

Edinburgh began coughing up numerous penalties, giving the Ospreys the field position to force them into unforced errors.

Another penalty from Myler’s boot from 35 yards sent the visitors out of the box, meaning they needed a try to win the game – which never materialized.


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