Dan's a 1,000-point man as Ospreys hit Connacht for six
DAN Biggar completed 1,000 points in the Pro12 as the Ospreys wrapped up a bonus-point win over a spirited Connacht in Galway.
The victory puts the Welsh region level on points with leaders Glasgow, who head the league by virtue of having won more games.
The display from Steve Tandy's side wasn't perfect at The Sportsground, but they played to the final whistle and ended up with another six tries to match the half-dozen they bagged against Edinburgh a week earlier.
Biggar will be especially pleased with the way the evening panned out, with the fly-half making history when he converted Jeff Hassler's try in the 71st minute.
He gets there at the age of 23, joining Dan Parks, who, by a quirk of fate, was in the opposition line-up in Galway. Parks achieved the feat at the age of 31, which says much for Biggar.
The Wales international finished with 18 points in the west of Ireland, made up of a try, five conversions and a penalty to spur the Ospreys home against opponents who were just three points adrift with nine minutes to play.
But a 6-2 try count underlines that no-one could argue too much with the final result.
Joining Biggar and Hassler on the try sheet were Richard Fussell, Eli Walker, Tito Tebaldi and Alun Wyn Jones.
Connacht replied through touchdowns from Danie Poolman and Kieran Marmion, both converted by Parks, while Craig Richardson kicked four penalties.
It was 22-12 to the visitors at the break, with Biggar, Fussell and Walker having crossed, but Tandy's side struggled to put the game to bed, not helped by repeatedly incurring the wrath of Scottish referee Andrew McMenemy.
The penalty count finished at 12-3 against the Welsh side, making it difficult for them to generate momentum, while their line-out spluttered as well, helping the unheralded Irish province to stay in the game.
But with Justin Tipuric everywhere, the Ospreys were able to up the tempo and quell any hopes of a shock home victory.
The hosts cut the deficit to 22-19 with Poolman's score, improved by Parks, but Tebaldi notched the bonus-point try with a fine solo effort that involved a number of dummies and several missed tackles.
Back came Connacht with their second touchdown, only for Hassler and Alun Wyn Jones to finish them off and maintain the Ospreys' unbeaten start to the season.