There were plenty of young Ospreys in the squad that travelled to Scotstoun on Friday, including looshead prop Garyn Phillips making his first start of the competition, and prop Rhys Henry who made his debut from the bench. On the other end of the scale, tighthead prop Ma’afu Fia made his 100th appearance for the club. Fullback Dan Evans took the captaincy for this fixture.
It was a thrilling game in the pouring rain in Glasgow, with the Ospreys taking control of play early on with a try for flanker Morgan Morris and a penalty try out wide following a deliberate knock on. Glasgow’s outside half Ross Thompson kept the hosts in the game with three penalties in the first half, with Osprey’s Luke Price taking his side’s score to 15 before half time.
The second half started with a bang, with Glasgow’s flyer Lee Jones collecting a loose ball after a clean break from the Ospreys ended with possession being spilled forward. The speedster ran all the way to the posts and gave his side the lead for the first time in the game
Ospreys and Glasgow exchanged a converted try each through number eight Gareth Evans and winger Rufus McLean respectively, having barely played ten minutes of the half.
On the hour mark, Glasgow prop Aki Seiuli secured the ball from a close-range maul and trundled over the try line for his side’s third try of the evening, and the conversion gave the hosts an eight point lead.
A barnstorming run from Ospreys flanker Morris resulted in a penalty against Glasgow, with replacement back row TJ Ioane shown a yellow card for illegally entering the ruck and playing the ball. Price had no issues slotting the kick at goal, which brought the Ospreys back to within five points, and bonus point territory.
Unfortunately, despite a late opportunity to turn the game, Glasgow managed to keep the Ospreys at bay and kicked the ball into touch to claim a victory at home.