Ospreys 16th Dec 2011

Ospreys 13 – 16 Saracens
Saracens recorded back to back wins over the Ospreys with this 16-13 victory at the Liberty Stadium on Friday night.
Inflicting the home side’s first Heineken Cup home defeat since 2005, Sarries scored all their points in the opening 40 minutes with a try from Ernst Joubert and 11 points from the boot of Owen Farrell.
But it took a huge defensive effort in the second half as the visitors were twice down to 14 men with yellow cards for Schalk Brits and Kelly Brown.
The win, Sarries third in pool five, sees them top the group going into the final two rounds in January.
Saracens enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges and Owen Farrell put the visitors into the lead with a third minute penalty.
The early exchanges were all about the kickers as Farrell struck another three points and Dan Biggar also hit two penalties to levels the scores midway through the half.
But Sarries scored the first try of the game when pressure from Charlie Hodgson charged down a Biggar kick and Ernst Joubert was on hand to collect the ball and touchdown.
Farrell converted and with the half running out, he struck another penalty to give the visitors a 16-6 lead at the interval who also lost prop Paul James to the sin bin with just seconds remaining.
After the break, Ospreys started quickly and Biggar had the chance to reduce the arrears within two minutes of the restart but he struck the ball wide of the posts.
It was then Saracens turn to lose a man to the sin bin when Schalk Brits was shown yellow for an offence at the scrum.
The visitors held on with a fantastic defensive effort while they were a man down and although Ashley Beck did get the ball over the line, he was penalised for a double movement.
Late on, Kelly Brown also saw yellow but the visitors defensive line held firm to win the game even though Ian Gough went over the line to set up a close finish.
Saracens line-up: Goode, Strettle, Farrell, Barritt, Wyles (Short 50), Hodgson (Powell 71), Spencer (Stringer 60), Gill, Brits (Smit 71), Stevens (Nieto 60), Borthwick (Kruis 70), Botha, Brown, Burger (Saull 70), Joubert (Smit 55-60). Replacements not used: Carstens
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