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Ospreys keep Welsh flag flying

MATCH REPORT: Ospreys continued to fly the flag for Wales beating Sale Sharks 20-15 to reach the quarterfinals of the EPCR Challenge Cup.

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They came from behind to do it, with an Owen Williams penalty and a try from Morgan Morris putting them in front at half-time following Robert du Preez’s early penalty for Sale Sharks.

Ospreys then stayed on the front foot at the start of the second half, with tries from Keelan Giles and Reuben Morgan-Williams, plus a conversion from Williams.

Sale Sharks made the closing minutes tense, though, with tries from Arron Reed and Ben Curry and a penalty from Du Preez closing the gap to just five points with 11 minutes to go.

But Ospreys held on, and will now play Gloucester away from home in the last eight.

Scorers:

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For Ospreys:
Tries: Morris, Giles, Morgan-Williams
Cons: Williams

For Sale Sharks:
Tries: Reed
Pens: Du Preez

Teams:

Ospreys: 15 Jack Walsh, 14 Luke Morgan, 13 Keiran Williams, 12 Owen Watkin, 11 Keelan Giles, 10 Owen Williams, 9 Reuben Morgan-Williams, 8 Morgan Morris, 7 Justin Tipuric (captain), 6 Harri Deaves, 5 Adam Beard, 4 James Ratti, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Sam Parry, 1 Gareth Thomas
Replacements: 16 Lewis Lloyd, 1 Nicky Smith, 18 Rhys Henry, 19 Huw Sutton, 20 Morgan Morse, 21 Luke Davies, 22 Dan Edwards, 23 Max Nagy

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Sale Sharks: 15 Telusa Veainu, 14 Arron Reed, 13 Sam James, 12 Rekeiti Ma’asi-White, 11 Tom O’Flaherty, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Raffi Quirke, 8 Jean-Luc du Preez, 7 Sam Dugdale, 6 Ben Curry (captain), 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ben Bamber, 3 Asher Opoku-Fordjour, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Ross Harrison
Replacements: 16 Tommy Taylor, 17 Simon McIntyre, 18 Willgriff John, 19 Tom Ellis, 20 Cameron Neild, 21 Nye Thomas, 22 Connor Doherty, 23 Alex Wills

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (FRA)
Assistant Referees: Vivian Praderie (FRA), Jonathan Gasnier (FRA)
TMO: Thomas Charabas (FRA)

Source @EPCR

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