OSPREYS earned their first win in European competition in over two years on Saturday (Dec 17) as they beat French champions Montpellier 21-10.
It was the first meeting of the two sides but the Ospreys had lost each of their last 12 away games against French sides and there were early signs that that run may continue as Carbonel landed a penalty for the hosts.
They almost scored soon after following a quick tap-and-go but a chip over the top was recovered by Owen Williams.
There was another chance for the home side as the edge towards the try line but some excellent defence allowed them to turn the ball over.
Ospreys began to get themselves into the game and following a series of penalties, Montpellier had a man sent to the sin bin.
From a lineout the Ospreys set up a driving maul and they powered their way over with Sam Parry getting the try. Owen Williams then added the extras.
Moments later they were at it again from another lineout and this time Kerian Williams made his way over the line. Williams converted again to give his side a 14-3 lead at the break.
A yellow card for Ospreys Luke Morgans shortly before the break put them down to 14 but they held firm to hold on to ther lead until half time.
The home side started the second half strongly and almost scored a try but for a tackle from Adam Beard which forced Montpellier’s Zach Mercer into touch.
They did get their try soon after though and the conversion brought the score to 14-10.
That only served to wake thr Ospreys up and they made their way back up the field. Some quick play opened up some space and Adam Beard sent a pass out to Morgan Morris who finished superbly. Williams added the extras to make it 21-10.
The visitors thought they had another try soon after but Cuthbert’s touch down was ruled out by the TMO.
It mattered little though as the full time whistle was blown to spark celebrations amongst the Ospreys players and coaches.
They will be looking to build on that win when they take on Scarlets on Boxing Day at the Swansea.Com stadium, kick off 5:15pm.