Perfect Biggar secures Ospreys a draw against champions
DAN Biggar nailed an injury-time penalty to secure the Ospreys a draw in Dublin - but Steve Tandy will feel his side should have beaten the champions.
They were leading 26-19 with 13 minutes left and Leinster down to 14 men after having replacement hooker Sean Cronin yellow-carded.
But the Irish province made light of their reduced numbers to score 10 points while Cronin was in the bin.
Biggar ensured equality on the night when he held his nerve to knock over his seventh successful goal-kick from as many attempts.
It was a perfect display with the boot from the Wales fly-half, who finished with 19 points, while Joe Bearman and Ashley Beck crossed for tries.
For Leinster, Richardt Strauss, Dave Kearney and Jack McGrath claimed touchdowns, with Jimmy Gopperth supplying 14 points, including a drop goal.
Head coach Tandy will have mixed feelings.
He will be encouraged that his side managed to share the spoils at the at the home ground of the short-odds favourites for the title, but he will also be angry that they let slip a game they could have won.
Leinster had led 16-9 at the break after fine tries by Strauss and Dave Kearney, only for the Ospreys to take control through a well-worked score from Bearman and a superb effort that culminated in Eli Walker putting Beck over.
With Biggar kicking everything, the visitors looked set fair for victory.
Against the odds, Leinster's 14 men dug deep to put themselves in a winning position.
But the Ospreys mounted one final surge forward that forced Leinster to cough up a penalty.
The pressure was on Biggar, but he stayed cool to bisect the posts.