Munster 12-6 Ospreys: Matthew Morgan penalty secures region bonus point
MATTHEW Morgan secured the Ospreys a losing bonus point with a last-minute penalty in a tryless Pro12 encounter against league leaders Munster at Thomond Park.
The match pitched first against second in the table, but it was hardly a game to remember, with attrition the order of the day and neither side able to create much.
Under the circumstances, the Ospreys will probably be happy to have at least secured something for their efforts.
They were missing 19 players - 13 on international duty, six injured - and their matchday squad was littered with youngsters.
With time running out, they had appeared to be heading home pointless.
But then home wing Ronan O'Mahony carried a dropped goal attempt from Morgan over his own line, giving the Ospreys the platform from where they won a penalty.
The kick wasn't straightforward, on an angle near the home 22, but the diminutive fly-half found his range to earn Steve Tandy's side the consolation their efforts deserved.
They had earlier had a try disallowed when Tito Tebaldi was penalised for not releasing the ball in the tackle as he looked to force his way over from close range.
Joe Bearman, Morgan Allen and Andrew Bishop were prominent throughout, and Tandy will be pleased with the character shown by his youngsters in refusing to give up.
For Munster, Ian Keatley kicked three penalties and there was one after the break from JJ Hanrahan.
Morgan slotted a penalty in each half for the visitors, who also saw Hanno Dirksen return to action after a year out through injury.
The wing did gave away a penalty with a late challenge but also caught the eye with some nice touches and runs.